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Birth Basics: Acupressure, Acupuncture and Chinese Medical Diagnosis in Birth

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Birth Basics: Acupressure, Acupuncture and Chinese Medical Diagnosis in Birth

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

If you need live California acupuncture CEUs, check out our upcoming live webinars and for on-demand distance courses approved by California, please visit our CAB approval page.

This course is approved by other CEU regulatory bodies.  Please check our approved by section for this course.

In this class, students learn to recognize the familiar faces of yin and yang throughout the course of labor and delivery. Using a clinical problem-solving approach, students learn to apply the Chinese medicine skills they already have, to provide effective support during labor. Specific needling and tui na hand techniques are introduced as well as labor preparation treatments, and moxa for breech. The skills taught in this course do not substitute for midwifery training, and the course addresses but does not remove the malpractice insurance and credentialing matters that need to be addressed to needle professionally in a hospital.

Day 1:

  • Introduction, overview of the course, logistics, questions
  • Anatomy and physiology of labor: the 3 stages of labor
  • The challenge of being born: pelvic anatomy in detail; 4 key fetal movements
  • OM view of pregnancy: initiation of labor, progress; roles of yin, yang, qi, blood
  • Labor support: providing comfort in a normal labor

Day 2:

  • Questions, review
  • Tui Na protocols for progressing labor
  • Pathogenesis and differential diagnosis in Labor and Delivery
  • Acupuncture during L&D protocol: basic constitutional treatments
  • Labor Preparation Toolkit (Lecture) & Labor Preparation Treatments (Demonstration)


After taking the class, students will be able to:

  • Use acupressure and acupuncture (where appropriate) to facilitate labor progress and comfort during a normal labor
  • Use concepts of yin, yang, qi, blood and channel flow to understand and address common obstacles to progress during labor
  • Help patients prepare for labor with acupressure and acupuncture as well as Chinese-medicine based movement, imagery and self-massage
  • Identify and select appropriate preventive treatments for constitutional imbalances that may be associated with prolonged or difficult labor

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.

$325.00 USD

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