Sarah Budd has a background as a Midwifery Sister and subsequently trained as an acupuncturist in London and China. She set up an acupuncture service in Plymouth Maternity Unit in 1988, then completed a degree in Complementary Health Studies at Exeter University. In 1991, where she won a Churchill Fellowship, and then went to China again to study acupuncture anaesthesia. She was given the first and only full time post as acupuncturist midwife in the UK. Over 8,000 pregnant women were treated with acupuncture on the NHS in Plymouth, and the service was joint winner of the Prince of Wales' Foundation for Integrated Health Award in 2001.
Sarah worked as a Research Assistant on the Regulation of Complementary Medicine, and in the Acupuncture Research Resource Centre, but has now retired from midwifery. Sarah has contributed to text books and journals and continues to teach in acupuncture colleges/universities, through online mentorship, and recently completed an MSc in Advanced Oriental Medicine. The research for her dissertation was: "Acupuncture treatment for Hyperemesis Gravidarum: A modified Delphi consensus study."