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Practical Skills for a Successful Fertility & Pregnancy Practice


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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 course, we will look at considerations for supporting patients during IVF, and through the gestational phases of pre-natal, pre-birth, intra-partum (labour) and post-natal, in the context of the difficulties in scheduling this kind of support according to embryonic and foetal developments. The emphasis of the day is to have robust discussion of appropriate point choices, dose, and needle techniques to use during all these phases, in addition to detailed discussion of the practical considerations for structuring and running a clinical IVF and maternity support provision. One of the more difficult aspects of providing a maternity practice is the variability of when babies might choose to come across a 5 week full term span, the variability of how they present (foetal positioning) and the impact this will have on labour management. We will also discuss IVF support provision in the context of the variability of IVF egg collection and transfer dates. We will discuss the kinds of clinical provision that help facilitate this variable provision, including: sole trader, multi practice, community bed, home visit and share care team structure.

Section 1

  • Intro
  • Physiology of pregnancy in Chinese terms
  • Pulse in pregnancy
  • ‘Minor’ discomforts
  • Scope of practice - when to refer
  • Red flags
  • Determining dosage
  • Scope of practice

Section 2

  • Nausea & tiredness
  • The importance of emotional support
  • ‘Rules of thumb’ acupuncture in pregnancy
  • Forbidden points
  • Anaemia - treating the blood

Section 3

  • The importance of emotional support in preparing for labour
  • Maternity community
  • Physiology of the gestational phases
  • ‘Minor’ discomforts of late pregnancy
  • TCM viewpoint of birth preparation
  • Dietary guidelines in the pre-birth phase
  • Acupressure and acupuncture for birth preparation
  • Foetal positioning
  • Acupuncture pre-birth protocols

Section 4

  • Gauging treatment prescription weeks 34 - 41
  • Physiology of breech position
  • TCM viewpoint for breech
  • Acupuncture for breech
  • Advice for patients re: turning breech
  • ECV

Section 5

  • Physiology of cervical dilation
  • Determining ‘ripeness’
  • Physiology of membrane sweep
  • Medical induction: PGE2
  • Syntocinon, ARM
  • TCM viewpoint of commencement of labour

Section 6

  • Fear and labour
  • The importance of Bao Mai
  • Acupuncture for Ki/Ht axis
  • Acupuncture for induction
  • Prelabour physiology
  • Acupuncture dosage in induction and pre-labour

Section 7

  • Having a labour orientated practice
  • Being on-call
  • ACT in the UK
  • Ongoing education and shared clinical experience
  • Building rotas
  • What is a doula?
  • Share-care teams
  • Multi bed community projects

Section 8

  • Intrapartum physiology
  • Medical pain relief: entinox
  • Analgesics
  • Epidural
  • Acupuncture for labour - managing expectations

Section 9

  • Acupuncture during labour
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Retained placenta
  • Haemorrhage
  • Post partum bleeding

Section 10

  • Post partum: support and dosage
  • The importance of debriefing
  • Secondary infertility
  • Acupuncture for breastfeeding issues: latching issues
  • Cracked nipples
  • Insufficient lactation, mastitis, bonding issues

Section 11

  • General post partum treatment
  • TCM viewpoint for recovery
  • Mother roasting
  • Persistent bleed
  • After pains
  • Night sweats
  • Perineal pain
  • Symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Post natal depression (PND)
  • TCM viewpoint of PND
  • Acupuncture for PND
  • Major depression: purpural psychosis - scope of practice

Section 12

  • Acupuncture for IVF support
  • Down regulation
  • Stimulation phase
  • hCG phase
  • Egg collection
  • Transfer



Jani White is a writer and lecturer, an acupuncturist, doula and antenatal teacher with over 24 years’ experience of UK maternity and gynaecology services.

In London she practices in Mayfair and Harley St, and runs both a Fertility & Pregnancy clinic as well as a dedicated Men’s Health Clinic for reproductive, sexual and uro-genital issues.

Jani teaches extensively in Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Fertility, and Andrology, both nationally and internationally, based from the MA degree program she wrote for Oxford Brookes University. She is the Founder and was Chair of the Acupuncture Fertility Network (AFN) 2006-2014, and she set up and chaired ACT London (Acupuncture for Childbirth Team) 2006-2013.

She also teaches courses for midwives and fertility practitioners, as well as teaching fertility awareness and antenatal classes for prospective and expecting couples.

Jani has supported hundreds of couples through their pre-conception, assisted conception, pregnancies and childbirths and has attended many labours, at home, in community units, at midwife-led units and in hospital. Jani has extensive experience of high risk pregnancies.

Jani strongly advocates an integrated approach to treatment and her company Naturechild is dedicated to providing quality integrated education, emphasising the balance between Safe Practice, Informed Choice and Supportive Care.

She is currently writing a 4-book series called ‘The Fertile Fizz’.

Jani is also one of the international speakers at the 2015 Integrative Fertility Symposium in Vancouver, Canada.

$150.00 USD

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