01. June 2017 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupressure, Caesarean, Labour

Acupressure could have a role in reducing the rate of caesarean delivery and decreasing the duration of labour, according to Iranian authors. Meta-analysis of 13 studies showed that acupressure increased the chance of vaginal delivery when compared with placebo/no intervention. Acupressure was also found to decrease the duration of the active phase of labour by 1.3 hours and the second stage of labour by 5.8 minutes.
Meta-analysis of the effect of acupressure on duration of labor and mode of delivery. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2016 Oct;135(1):5-10.

28. March 2017 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Caesarean

An integrative medicine programme that includes acupressure can significantly reduce epidural use and caesarean section rates when added to usual antenatal care. Australian doctors randomised 176 first-time mothers to either usual care or a protocol that included standard care plus a two-day antenatal education programme in six evidence-based complementary medicine techniques (acupressure based on Debra Betts’ Acupressure for Natural Pain Relief in Labour DVD, visualisation/relaxation, breathing, massage, yoga, and partner support). A significant difference in epidural use was found between the two groups – 23.9 per cent in the intervention group, versus 68.7 per cent for standard care. The intervention group participants also reported reduced rates of medical or surgical augmentation during labour, caesarean section, length of second stage, perineal trauma and need for resuscitation of the newborn.
Complementary therapies for labour and birth study: a randomised controlled trial of antenatal integrative medicine for pain management in labour. BMJ Open. 2016 Jul 12;6(7):e010691.