Intervention Review

Acupuncture or acupressure for pain management in labour

  1. Caroline A Smith1,*,
  2. Carmel T Collins2,
  3. Caroline A Crowther3,
  4. Kate M Levett4

Editorial Group: Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group

Published Online: 6 JUL 2011

Assessed as up-to-date: 1 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009232


How to Cite

Smith CA, Collins CT, Crowther CA, Levett KM. Acupuncture or acupressure for pain management in labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD009232. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009232.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Western Sydney, Centre for Complementary Medicine Research, Penrith South DC, New South Wales, Australia

  2. 2

    Women's and Children's Health Research Institute, Flinders Medical Centre and Women's and Children's Hospital; Discipline of Paediatrics, The University of Adelaide, Child Nutrition Research Centre, Bedford Park, South Australia, Australia

  3. 3

    The University of Adelaide, ARCH: Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

  4. 4

    University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia

*Caroline A Smith, Centre for Complementary Medicine Research, University of Western Sydney, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith South DC, New South Wales, 2751, Australia. caroline.smith@uws.edu.au.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: Edited (no change to conclusions)
  2. Published Online: 6 JUL 2011

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