Acupressure labor is a safe and natural holistic technique that uses a simple a non-invasive method that involves applying pressure on the body in specific locations, called acupressure points, to induce help relieve labor pain.
Acupressure uses the same acupuncture points used in acupuncture, but without the needless. That's why it can be done at home and be learned by anyone. Your birthing partner can learn these acupressure points and applied on your legs, arms, shoulder or back.
Acupressure during labor works only if you are past your due date, or if you are already into labor, but your contractions are not getting stronger.
Why Acupressure During Labor Works?
There are key pressure points to induce labor that cause uterine contractions. Acupressure labor really helps to get labor started naturally. If you are experiencing mild contractions that come and go (stalled labor, inefficient contractions, dysfunctional labor), using specific acupressure points will help you get things going.
This technique is quite effective and recommended by midwife, doulas and doctors, but there are acupressure points that should NOT be used during pregnancy. Because of that you should have proper instructions before you use acupressure.
How To Learn Acupressure For Pregnancy and Labor
I recommend this guide, which shows you step-by-step with easy to follow instructions how to use this technique safely at home.
You will learn how to find the pressure points for labor and how to apply the correct pressure. This guide shows all the useful acupuncture points to induce labor and to be used during labor to ease the pain and help bring the baby down the birth canal.
You and your partner will be able to easily learn how to induce and support your labor naturally without side effects. Many couples have tried it and just loved it.
Learning acupressure gives you a sense of control and empowers your birthing experience. It also gives your partner a great sense of purpose and involvement during the birth of your child.
I recommend it to anyone that wants to have a drug-free natural childbirth. Acupressure can also be used safely during pregnancy to ease morning sickness, back pain, anxiety, insomnia, etc.
Watch the following acupressure video to learn more about acupressure for labor (this video is better viewed in Firefox):
5 Acupressure Labor Points For Pain Relief
There are some acupressure techniques that can be performed during labor to promote relaxation and relief labor pain. Acupressure labor teaches you how to use effective acupressure points to shorten your labor.
Research shows that acupressure during labor significantly shortens the delivery time. Women who use labor acupressure have a delivery time two hour shorter than the average.
When you are delivering your baby naturally, every minute counts! Believe me, I know!
Anything that can help you get through it with ease like acupressure will be a great tool for you to have.
Even if acupressure is not invasive, it needs to be applied with the proper pressure to be effective. You will not be able to apply acupressure on your own, you need someone like your partner to do it.
Your partner will be able to notice how you feel and stimulate important key points during your entire labor from the early stages, until your contractions become stronger and close together.
Applying acupressure can be tiring, so consider having some alternation between your partner and a labor support person to be next to you during labor.
Do not try these acupressure points for pain relief during labor unless you are already into labor. Do not practice before labor, because these points cal also induce labor.
1. Acupressure Point For Pain Relief During Labor: GB21
This acupressure point is located on your spine between your shoulders. The acupressure on this point can be applied at the beginning of each contraction to help ease the pain.
GB21 is useful during first and second stages of labor. It is also used to stimulate contractions and help speed up labor in the beginning. Never use this point during pregnancy.
Watch this Video As it Shows You How To Locate BG21 In Acupressure Labor:
2. Acupressure Point For Pain Relief During Labor: LI4
This point is located between the thumb and first finger. You can apply pressure on this point yourself or ask your support labor person to help you. Acupressure on this point should be applied very firmly to be effective. You should feel a dull achy feeling when stimulated.
This point relieves pain during labor and can be used as you get closer to transition stage of labor. LI4 is also used to bring on labor, or intensify weak inefficient contractions. During the second stage of labor, this point helps bring the baby down through your birth canal, when you are fully dilated.
Watch this Video As it Shows You How To Locate LI4 In Acupressure Labor:
3. Acupressure Point For Pain Relief During Labor: SP6
You can locate this acupressure point by measuring 4 finger widths above the the shin bone on the inside of your ankle.
Your labor support person should apply direct pressure using the index finger or the thumb right on this point, where it feels tender.
This point works great if you are not dilating and have intense, but irregular contractions. Apply pressure for 60 seconds and repeat on the other leg after 15-30 minutes, until the contractions are well established.
Never use SP6 acupressure point during pregnancy.
Watch this Video As it Shows You How To Locate SP6 In Acupressure Labor:
4. Acupressure Point For Pain Relief During Labor: BL60
This acupressure point is located on the external ankle bone at the outer edge of the Achilles' tendon.
BL60 is used during the first stage of labor and to help the baby come down through the birth canal.
Never use BL60 acupressure point during pregnancy.
Watch this Video As it Shows You How To Locate BL60 In Acupressure Labor:
5. Acupressure Point For Pain Relief During Labor: KID1
This point is located on the sole of your foot. To find this point, pull your toes toward the sole of the foot.
KID1 acupressure point is great to help you relax during labor. If you feel fearful during labor, this acupressure point can help you. It is used during the transition stage of labor.
Watch this Video As it Shows You How To Locate KID1 In Acupressure Labor:
I recommend using acupressure labor if you want to:
1. Avoid use of pharmaceuticals that can have an effect on the baby.
2. Avoid possible complications of a Medical Induction, C-section and forceps.
3. Have a home birth or stay at home during the early stages of your labor.
I wish you all the best in your natural induction with acupressure and in your delivery!