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Nurturing the Fetus

I would listen to these ladies for 50 hours and keep listening. Deeply grateful for their combined scholarly backgrounds, clinical experience and general good sense.

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In a format that has been tested and refined over a number of years, Sabine Wilms and Debra Betts will discuss detailed and specific information on “Nurturing the Fetus” for each of the ten months of pregnancy, and postpartum care from the perspectives of state-of-the-art biomedicine and classical Chinese medicine. Sabine will be covering the development of the fetus, physiological changes in the mother’s body, and recommendations for maternal care (from diet and lifestyle to contraindicated acumoxa treatments. with brief excursions as outlined in the Chinese medical literature from the second to the tenth century CE. Debra will bring this information into the year 2016 with her wealth of practical clinical expertise and biomedical theories on the basis of the latest clinical research. Discussions are bound to be lively and involve participation from the audience.

  • Introduction by Sabine followed by introduction by Debra
  • The first month of pregnancy: Sabine presents the classical texts followed by Debra presenting the western medical information and possible clinical acupuncture strategies for treatment during the luteal phase.
  • The second month of pregnancy: Sabine presents the classical texts followed by Debra presenting the western medical information and possible clinical acupuncture strategies for treatment during early pregnancy.
  • The third month of pregnancy: Sabine presents the classical texts followed by Debra presenting the western medical information and possible clinical acupuncture strategies for treatment until the end of the first trimester.
  • The fourth month of pregnancy: Sabine presents the classical texts followed by Debra presenting the western medical information and possible clinical acupuncture strategies for treatment at this time.
  • The fifth month of pregnancy: Sabine presents the classical texts followed by Debra presenting the western medical information and possible clinical acupuncture strategies for treatment at this time.
  • The sixth month of pregnancy: Sabine presents the classical texts followed by Debra presenting the western medical information and possible clinical acupuncture strategies for treatment at this time.
  • The seventh month of pregnancy: Sabine presents the classical texts followed by Debra presenting the western medical information and possible clinical acupuncture strategies for treatment at this time.
  • The eight month of pregnancy: Sabine presents the classical texts followed by Debra presenting the western medical information and possible clinical acupuncture strategies for treatment at this time.
  • The ninth month of pregnancy: Sabine presents the classical texts followed by Debra presenting the western medical information and possible clinical acupuncture strategies for treatment to prepare for childbirth.
  • The tenth month of pregnancy: Sabine presents the classical texts followed by Debra presenting the western medical information and possible clinical acupuncture strategies for treatment to induce labour.
  • Birth: Sabine presents the classical texts followed by Debra presenting the western medical information and possible clinical acupuncture strategies for labour.
  • Postnatal care: Sabine presents the classical texts followed by Debra presenting the western medical information and possible clinical strategies and advice for postnatal recovery.

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.

Dr. Sabine Wilms has been studying medieval Chinese medicine and the treatment of the female body in Chinese medical texts for well over a dozen years, since her days as a doctoral student in Asian Studies and medical Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She currently divides her time between producing books on Chinese medicine, researching and lecturing on Chinese medical history, gynecology, and “cultivating life,” and living the good life in pursuit of the perfect goat cheese on her small farm in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.

Her publications include Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang, Essential Prescriptions worth a Thousand in Gold for Every Emergency: Volumes 2-4 on Gynecology (The Chinese Medicine Database, 2007), the translation of Pathomechanisms of the Five Viscera by Yan Shilin (separate books on the Heart, Liver, Lung, Spleen, and Kidney, 2005-2007, Paradigm Publications), Jin gui yao lue: Essential Prescriptions of the Golden Coffer and Concise Introduction to Chinese Medicine (both with Nigel Wiseman, forthcoming by Paradigm Publications), Chinese Medicine in Infertility (co-edited with Andreas Noll, Thieme Publications in 2009), and The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Zhen Jiu Da Cheng, Volume 1 (with Shelley Ox and Lorraine Wilcox, The Chinese Medicine Database, forthcoming).



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I absolutely loved this course! I am so grateful for Debra Betts incredible knowledge on fertility, pregnancy and postpartum and for Sabine\'s incredible passion for the classical texts. I will be listening to the course again and referring to my handouts frequently. I am so excited to help all the mum\'s to be out there! Yay! Thanks again!!! ~Jana

This was a great course. Excellent notes that one can use in the future. ~Valerie

I would listen to these ladies for 50 hours and keep listening. Deeply grateful for their combined scholarly backgrounds, clinical experience and general good sense.

This was a very interesting course presented by two very informed instructors. I liked that the backgrounds differed both providing useful information from two different perspectives.

Excellent. I feel more confident treating pregnant woman and more focused with goal of labor prep. I also feel more confident streamlining my treatments now to really get at the heart of the condition and to be more cautious in certain cases like pre-eclampsia. ~Tara

I loved this webinar. Debra and Sabine made the information very accessible. I feel like I can use what I learned tomorrow in my clinic. ~Laine

I really do appreciate Debra\'s presentation, her research, her depth of knowledge and not only a brilliant mind, but what seems to be a dedicated and passionate practitioner and advocate for women and their choices.

This was a really interesting course. This course should\'ve been longer to allow the presenters not to be rushed and allow time for questions from people attending on line. ~Donald Charleston

I am happy to be able to gain more knowledge to help me treat pregnant women effectively and safely! ~Kathryn

Excellent presentation which taught me a lot of things I previously wasn\'t aware of in the support of pregnant clients. ~ Samuel