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Four leading women experts in acupuncture and TCM for pregnancy share their knowledge and clinical experience supporting women throughout their pregnancy

Sharon Weizenbaum: Healthy Blood, Healthy Pregnancy:
In this lecture Sharon Weizenbaum will discuss the clinical relevance of healthy blood for women during pregnancy.  First we will understand what healthy blood is from a Chinese medical perspective and then learn how to diagnose unhealthy blood.  There is a strong relationship between the condition of the blood and many difficulties in pregnancy.  We will look at habitual miscarriage, abdominal pain in pregnancy and pre-eclampsia and the diagnostic and treatment methods to treat and prevent theses difficulties. 

Debra Betts: Acupuncture in early pregnancy: Supporting implantation:
While an increasing number of acupuncturists are becoming involved in fertility practice many remain uncertain about best practice when it comes to offering acupuncture as a treatment to support implantation in time immediately post treatment and first few weeks of a possible early pregnancy. In light of research demonstrating that acupuncture delivered 2 -3 days post embryo replacement did not show beneficial effects, but rather resulted in increased early pregnancy loss, this is an area of practice that deserves close examination. Although the physiology of implantation and early pregnancy is not yet fully understood within western medicine, the existing knowledge around the requirements for successful implantation with the current acupuncture research offers acupuncturists an integrated approach to providing care.  This approach of offering women an active treatment plan post fertility treatment is an area of acupuncture practice that has potential to develop as currently there is only a "wait and see approach" within western medicine

Sarah Budd: Acupuncture for the treatment of Nausea, Sickness and Hyperemesis in Pregnancy:
This talk will look at the background morning sickness, diagnosis, red flags, advice, support, and treatment both Western and TCM. Research related to these conditions will also be discussed.

Claudia Citkovitz: Intervention and Constitution in late pregnancy and birth:

A Chinese Medicine view of the actions and side effects of common obstetrical drugs and procedures. Constitutionally, who's most likely to need them, who's most likely to benefit, and who's most prone to which side effects?  In birth as in any other clinical department, Yin deficient and Yang deficient patients present very differently and have very different responses to the same medications.  Understanding the relationships of Yin/Yang, Qi and Blood to what happens in labor can not only benefit our practice, but also our ability to communicate with Western practitioners in a way that makes them curious rather than threatened or turned off.  Major obstetrical interventions will be covered, along with their indications, warning signs, and TCM options for prevention, treatment, and postpartum recovery.  Included will be:  Cerclage/bed rest for 'incompetent cervix', Terabutiline/Magnesium Sulfate for prematurity and preeclampsia, cervidil/cytotec and Oxytocin for induction and augmentation of labor, membrane sweep and/or rupture for hurrying up the birth process, and Cesarean section.

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Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, LAc., has led the Acupuncture Service at NYU Lutheran since 2004, supervising 8 acupuncturists who provide inpatient care and clinical instruction in the areas of neurological and orthopedic management, rehabilitation, labor and delivery, pain management. 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 past member of the NCCAOM’s Task Force on Hospital-Based Acupuncture, the Tri-State College Advisory Board and the Touro College Institutional Review Board, and is currently a Commissioner of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Debra gradu­ated from the London College of Acupuncture in 1989. With a practice based in women’s health she commenced acupuncture courses for midwives in 1997. This led to publications on the use of acupuncture and acupressure in obstetric practice including the text book “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth” in 2006, which has been translated into German and French.

Debra completed her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage in 2014 through the University of Western Sydney and is currently the Director of Postgraduate Programmes for an online Masters course through New Zealand School Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

She is also a clinical supervisor at a hospital antenatal acupuncture clinic in New Zealand, and lectures internationally on the use of acupuncture in obstet­ric care. She currently resides with her husband and three children in Wellington, New Zealand.

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, then had a family, and now works one day per week in Plymouth, and privately at home. Over 6,000 pregnant women have been 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 co-authored a report for the Department of Health with Simon Mills, "Professional Organisation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United Kingdom 2000" and worked as a Research Assistant on the Regulation of Complementary Medicine, and in the Acupuncture Research Resource Centre. Over the years, Sarah has contributed to text books and journals and continues to teach in acupuncture colleges / universities.

“It is a joy to offer help to women struggling in pregnancy, who would not otherwise be able to afford treatment.” Sarah Budd.

Sharon Weizenbaum graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1983 and has been practicing Chinese medicine for over 30 years. Her first gynecology teacher was Dr. Zhu Shu-rong from Shang Hai. In 1990 she traveled to Hang Zhou where she studied herbal gynecology with Dr. Qiu Xiao-mei as well as Chinese language. She continued her language study at Mt. Holyoke College and translates much of her own teaching materials. In 2007 she traveled back to China to study classic formulas with Dr. Huang Huang, who continues to be one of her teachers. She studied and apprenticed with Kiiko Matsumoto for 12 years and developed Integrative Mandala Acupuncture as a synthesis of her study with both Chinese and Japanese acupuncture teachers. Sharon is the director of White Pine Healing Arts clinic and educational facility. She teaches the Graduate Mentorship Program and Integrative Mandala Acupuncture nationally as well as shorter courses. Her articles have been published in The Lantern and in the North Amercan Journal of Oriental Medicine. She is known for her engaging, clinically relevant and clear teaching style.


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I was very impressed with all the speakers and learned a great deal about both using acupuncture & herbs during pregnancy. ~ Roselyn

I felt the content was very insightful and helpful overall. I would say the quality and clarity of the content increased throughout the seminar. My only complaint was that it was longer than expected, especially since a few of the speakers included slides which they did not go over, but put in there for you to read and study on your own. So if you set aside time to complete this seminar in it's entirety including the all the slides, you'll have to allot more than the estimated time. I loved all the information all in all. ~ Rachel

Great course and highly applicable and beneficial to my practice.

Super impressed wiht all of the presenters. I can't wait to hear more of them at the IF symposium ( So much knowledge!

The sepaker is great and know in detail about what he said. peter

Great course! Really appreciated the new information and review of old.

All the speakers were great. I was left wanting to learn more but I think that the topics were covered and the whole session was very informative

I enjoyed hearing 4 different speakers within 1 seminar

I liked having different practitioners giving their input.

I was very pleased with all the presenters