The award-winning  Maternity Acupuncture service in Plymouth, set up by Sarah Budd,  has carried out research about the benefits of the treatments they provide to pregnant women through the NHS. The service has been established for over 23 years and has treated over 6000 women. They were joint winners of the Prince of Wales’ Foundation for Integrated Health Award in 2001.

Three midwives who are also TCM Acupuncturists treat a wide range of mostly ante-natal conditions as well as a few post-natal problems on one day per week each. The service is extremely popular, and  referrals come from midwives, physios, GPs and hospital obstetric staff as well as self-referral.

The team recently did some research to find out how successful their patients felt their acupuncture treatment had been. They used the MYMOP (Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile) form, which asks patients to identify and then rate their 1st and 2nd  priority symptoms, choose an activity affected by their symptoms and rate their overall well-being on a scale of 0-6.


The women filled in the questionnaire before their course of acupuncture and again at the end. The results showed that over 90% of patients improved  and the average number of points of improvement on the scale was at least two.

At the York Clinic for Integrated Healthcare we have three acupuncturists who specialise in treating pregnant women. They are members of ACT Yorkshire, a professional acupuncture group offering specialist treatment for fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal health. Members undertake post-graduate study in obstetric and fertility care, from both NHS based and Chinese medicine perspectives, and meet regularly to develop best practice, explore the research base and provide peer support. The group aims to work compatibly with local midwifery and GP services, and build a network of expertise.  ACT Yorkshire is affiliated to ACT groups across the country and maintains links with international experts in the field.

Call our acupuncturists on 01904 709688, or, for more information on how acupuncture can help in pregnancy, click on the following link to read more research evidence.