This course offers acupuncturists an overview of key issues relating to the clinical practice of treating women in pregnancy and the postpartum. This includes western medical concepts impetrative for safe practice as well as experienced treatment suggestions for difficult cases from experienced practitioners. This includes understanding the treatment of nausea, hyperemesis, threatened miscarriage pre-labour rupture of membranes, anxiety and depression and postpartum.
Case histories and group discussions will be used generate discussion to assist practitioners build their clinical confidence. Several scenarios for each session will be used to illustrate the realities of clinical practice, red flags that require attention and Chinese medicine considerations. Following an opportunity for participants to problem solve within a small group, Debra will lead a feedback session, followed by presenting treatment recommendations.
Goals and Objectives
Acupuncturists taking this class can expect to identify the key safety issues for referral to western medical care for pregnancy care and deepen their understanding of acupuncture treatment approaches for pregnant and postpartum women presenting in clinical practice.
- Session one: Nausea and Hyperemesis
- Session two: Threatened miscarriage and bleeding in early pregnancy
- Session three: Adverse outcomes including miscarriage, foetal demise and stillbirth
- Session four: Uncomplicated first trimester pregnancies with a complicated pre pregnancy history; ART, previous pregnancy complications, recurrent miscarriage
- Session one: Lost potential: Promoting use of postnatal care
- Session two: What separates birth preparation from induction of labour?
- Session three: What keeps me awake at night? A discussion on promoting safe and ethical clinical practice using the re-occurring themes for placenta previa, induction and breech seen in Facebook posts and e- mail questions
- Session four: Lower Back and pelvic pain: the ‘backbone’ of a pregnancy practice. Importance of promotion due to current physiotherapy and dry needling practices
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.