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I was delighted to visit Leyton Library last month to give a workshop for a group of pregnant women and their partners, family and friends to show them acupressure points they could use themselves to help relieve pain and promote a more efficient labour.
It was part of International  Women’s Day.

 Photos by Kirsti Aberenthy

Participants at the session had fun and found the points were easy to find and simple to use.

Ideally the woman and her birthing partner become familiar with the points and practice using them with light pressure in the last few weeks of pregnancy. One of the major benefit of using acupressure in labour is it allows the woman’s birthing partner to be closely and actively involved in the birth.



I was also explaining what Chinese medicine has to offer during the final weeks of pregnancy, and how best it can be used along side medical care to promote the most natural and efficient labour possible. Read more >



Here participants passed round a moxa stick - a lighted charcole stick - and were intrigued to learn how it can be used safely and effectively to turn a baby in breech position.