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Acupressure and Acupuncture for Perinatal Care

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This course for acupuncturists introduces a toolkit of bodywork, auricular and needling approaches for use in pregnancy, during birth, and postpartum. Flowsheets for differential diagnosis and treatment planning are provided for normal labor preparation, postpartum care and Cesarean section recovery, as well as disorders and complications of pregnancy including breech presentation, musculoskeletal pain, PUPPP rash, postdates, oligo- and polyhydramnios. Preventive and adjunct supportive approaches are discussed, along with guidelines for urgent referral, for more serious disorders including preeclampsia, intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, intrauterine growth restriction and postpartum depression. Hands-on instruction and detailed treatment planning guides are provided for a range of techniques from simple exercises and acupressure that can be taught to family members, to specialized perinatal tui na techniques, ear acupressure seeds, body needles that can be securely taped, and finally electrical stimulation on auricular and/or body needles for difficult cases.


Students taking this course will learn to:

  • Increase effectiveness of Breech moxa treatments through appropriate adjunct methods
  • Address problems of too little and too much fluid in the uterus
  • Differentiate deficiency and obstruction syndromes of Yin, Yang, Qi and Blood as they affect labor preparation
  • Use Chinese medicine concepts and hand techniques to provide effective labour support
  • Promote postpartum recovery

Topics include:

  • Pregnancy and Pre-Labor
    • Breech, musculoskeletal pain
    • Oligo/Polyhydramnios (too little or too much fluid)
    • Preeclampsia/Hypertension/HELLP
    • IUGR (small for dates babies)
    • Intrahepatic Cholestasis (ICP) vs. PUPPPS
    • Intrapartum depression
  • Labor Preparation and Postdates
    • Differential diagnosis and treatment (not just ‘all the contraindicated points)
    • Special approaches to preparing for early medical induction or VBAC
    • Home care packages of constitutionally and situationally appropriate acupressure, exercises and activities
  • A few quick tips for birth
    • Tuina and acupressure approaches for family and friends’ births
    • Identifying and working with bony obstruction, slow dilatation, inadequate contractions, spirit/emotional challenges
  • Postpartum:
    • C/S recovery, Symphysis Diastasis, tears, coccyx injury
    • Lactation, Constipation
    • Sleep/Energy, “Baby Blues” vs posptartum depression
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Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, LAc., led the Acupuncture Service at NYU Lutheran from 2004 to 2021, supervising over 270 acupuncturists and students who provided inpatient care in labor and delivery, neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation, and pain management. Her book, ‘Acupressure and Acupuncture during Labor and Delivery’ was an Amazon bestseller suitable for acupuncturists, patients, and other birth professionals. Dr. Citkovitz studied Chinese language in Beijing and acupuncture at the Pacific and Tri-State colleges in New York. An internationally known lecturer on acupuncture practice and research methodology, she lectures regularly for the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the University of Westminster in London and the British Acupuncture Council. Her PhD study on acupuncture during acute stroke rehabilitation was the first conducted in the United States, as was her 2006 study of acupuncture during labor and delivery. Dr. Citkovitz is a frequent peer reviewer and Editorial Board member on journals including Acupuncture in Medicine, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Explore, and Meridians. She is a board member of the Society for Acupuncture Research and sits on the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

$350.00 USD

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