This OBAA Roundtable offers a chance to discuss ways to improve your success treating back pain in pregnancy. We will cover acupuncture points, cupping and contraindications with Author and international speaker, Debra Betts, as well as discuss the causes of back pain from a structural perspective, as well as exercises and postural adjustments you can teach your patients.
The OBAA is an association dedicated to education, research, and the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as it relates to the treatment of prenatal, obstetrical and postpartum health.
The OBAA hosts roundtables throughout the year to offer learning opportunities and discussion on varying topics associated with treating conditions associated with pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum.
- understand the main structural causes of back pain in pregnancy
- learn safe and effective acupuncture points for treating back pain in pregnancy
- learn other modalities (such as cupping) to support and improve your success rates
- explore some exercises and proper posture you can teach your patients
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.
Emilie Salomons is a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DR. TCM) with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture of BC and has been practicing for over a decade. Emilie is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), as well as a co-founder and board member of the Obstetrical Acupuncture Association (OBAA), she co-developed the first program in Canada for training midwives in Obstetrical Acupuncture for pain in labour. She also works with the Dept. of Medicine at the University of British Columbia on a project aimed to reduce maternal and infant mortality in India. Emilie currently works out of Acubalance Wellness Centre in Vancouver, Canada.
Sarah completed a 5-year double bachelor degree in Clinical Science and Osteopathic Science at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne Australia in 2005. She first worked in a family-centred practice in Tasmania where she discovered the joy of working with pregnant women and children. This has continued to be a passion of Sarah's, completing multiple post-graduate studies in Pediatric Osteopathy in Australia and the US. She is currently studying with the Swiss Osteopathic Centre for Kids in Crans-Montanna Switzerland.
Sarah works in Vancouver and is an active board member of the Society for Promotion of Manual Practice Osteopathy in BC.
The Obstetrical Acupuncture Association (OBAA) was created to connect practitioners who work in the field of Obstetrical Acupuncture. The OBAA is committed to being a source for up to date research, educational resources, support and mentorship, to further the field of Obstetrical Acupuncture globally. The association is dedicated to promoting the highest level of safety and knowledge in the field. The OBAA provides a resource for both pregnant people and their care providers to find acupuncturists in their area that demonstrate an elevated standard of care and safety within the field of peri-natal care. The association is dedicated to education, research, and the practice of Acupuncture as it relates to the treatment of prenatal, obstetrical and post-partum health.