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Please note this course is no longer approved for California acupuncture CEUs.



For online courses by Yvonne Farrell including her Mentroship program: Acupuncture for Surviving Adversity  please visit Yvonne's course page

For online courses by Laura Erlich including Laura's new  Integrative Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Mentorship Program please visit Laura's course page



This course will investigate the use of the 8 Extras and the Luo Vessels to support the conscious choice to parent. Based on the teachlngs of Sun Si Miao and his expansion of the concept of 'nurturing life' (Yang Shen), we approach the philosophy of conscious parenting from the perspective of a woman's capacity to embrace the archetype of motherhood.

This includes self-knowledge and surrender to the inevitability of the transition from selfishness to selflessness. Starting with conception, and moving through the early post partum period, topics will include the 7/8-year cycles of Jing from an archetypal perspective, choices in childbirth and impediments to those choices.

We will discuss strategies for the practitioner to guide their patients in creating an empowered birth plan. We will explore treatment options using these powerful vessels to facilitate a mental and emotional environment conducive to optimal birth outcomes, and a healthy neo-natal period. We will examine common medical practices in the maternal/fetal health system, and their impact on birth outcomes in the United States.

  • Introduction: Conscious parenting and Sun Si Miao's concept of Yang Shen
  • The 8 Extras & the maternal archetype, the 7/8-year cycles of Jing
  • The birth plan: choices in childbirth and impediments to choices in childbirth/8 Extra & Luo Vessel treatment protocols
  • More treatments, common medical interventions and treatment strategies for recovery, conclusion, Q&A

Laura Erlich, LAc, FABORM, has practiced Integrative Chinese Medicine since 2007, in West Los Angeles and Silver Lake, CA. She also maintains a labor support practice, having accompanied hundreds of women through the journey of pregnancy and childbirth as a doula.

Laura is the founder and owner of Mother Nurture Wellness, a clinic dedicated to supporting women through the journey of fertility, the childbearing cycle and all areas of health and wellness. Her areas of specialty include women’s health, fertility enhancement (with or without ART), conscious conception, prenatal and post-partum care, gynecological disorders and menopause. In addition to practicing, Laura is passionate about teaching and writing. She offers continuing education courses on infertility, obstetrics and women’s health to acupuncturists all over the world through Healthy Seminars, in person at her clinic, and to the doctoral cohort at Yo San University.

Laura offers a 6 month Fertility Mentorship through Healthy Seminars as well. Through this mentorship, participants can gain confidence and deep insight into both eastern and western approaches to the treatment of infertility, with an emphasis on integrating holistic and allopathic modalities.

She is the co-author of Feed Your Fertility, a guide to optimizing fertility through nutrition and Chinese Medicine, with Emily Bartlett, LAc, (Fair Winds Press 2015). You can also find her writings through multiple guest blog posts and her website,

While out of the office, Laura enjoys a great life with her wonderful husband and son.

Laura presented at the 2015 Integrative Fertility Symposium in Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Farrell has been practicing and teaching Chinese Medicine and Channel Theory since 1996.  Her focus is on empowerment of students and patients so that they will embody the spiritual aspects of Chinese Medicine and make them their own. She believes that self-cultivation, self-knowledge and critical thinking are essential in developing capacity as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine.  

Yvonne is the author of two books: Psycho-Emotional Pain and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels and her latest, Acupuncture for Surviving Adversity published by Singing Dragon.  She has also written several articles for Medicinal Roots Magazine. She teaches continuing education courses in the US and internationally.


Learn more about Yvonne Farrell’s upcoming 8 month Mentorship (36 CEUs)

$150.00 USD

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