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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.

We chose not to renew this course for California Acupuncture CEUs. However, this course is approved by other CEU regulatory bodies.  Please check our approved by tab for approval details.

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, MS, LAc., has trained some 270 acupuncture students and practitioners in the care of inpatients at NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn. Her study of acupuncture during birth (2009) was the first in the US, as was her 2015 PhD study on acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation (2015). Her book, ‘Acupressure and Acupuncture during Birth’ was published in 2019. Claudia is an active practitioner, educator and peer reviewer, serving on the board of the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) and the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM) and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine (JICM).

$325.00 USD

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