Maternity acupressure is a very simple hands-on technique. The method involves the application of pressure onto specific, sensitive pressure points on skin called acupressure points. These points are along the human body – on shoulders, hands, back, legs and feet. Maternity acupressure uses fingers and thumbs, as opposed to needles in acupuncture, to stimulate these specific acupressure points to naturally induce labor. During childbirth, maternity acupressure can be used to strengthen contractions and helping the cervix to dilate. Stimulation of other points gives relief from labor pains, and helps to relax and stay calm.
Research shows that acupressure techniques significantly shorten the delivery time. Women who use labor acupressure have a two hour shorter delivery time than the average.
With basic instructions, you can safely use Maternity acupressure at home to naturally start your labor. Maternity acupressure is a great way for every supporting person to get involved and truly render the best possible help before and during labor and delivery. Although this method is a popular at-home remedy to start labor your self, many midwives and doulas use the technique to help their customers to experience a normal and safe birthing experience.