Acupuncture or acupressure for pain management in labour.

@article{Smith2011AcupunctureOA,
  title={Acupuncture or acupressure for pain management in labour.},
  author={Caroline A. Smith and Carmel T. Collins and Caroline A. Crowther and Kate M Levett},
  journal={The Cochrane database of systematic reviews},
  year={2011},
  volume={7},
  pages={
          CD009232
        }
}
BACKGROUND Many women would like to avoid pharmacological or invasive methods of pain management in labour and this may contribute towards the popularity of complementary methods of pain management. [] Key MethodSEARCH STRATEGY

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