Speaker: Loredana Zordan
Facilitator: Olajumoke Ojeleye
Description: Acupressure is the application of pressure to acupuncture points. Acupuncture points are situated on meridians containing Qi (Energy ) that flow through the body. Certain points affect areas of brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, increasing endorphin, and the production of oxytocin. Oxytocin the love hormone it is important in labour as it will help the woman to cope better with the pain, helping her to relax reducing pain perception promote relaxation and physical and emotional wellbeing. Acupressure is a non invasive technique, easy to use and offer more choice for women that want to avoid pharmacological pain relief in labour and promotes birthing partner involvement Acupressure would also allow midwives to expand their role ,becoming more complete and independent practitioner and to practice midwifery fully ,I believe that using acupressure would provide better care to women, whilst empowering them through offering choice experience .
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