Pre- and Postnatal Acupuncture
with Claudia Citkovitz
This course for acupuncturists and experienced midwive acupuncturists introduces a toolkit of bodywork, auricular and needling approaches for use in late pregnancy and postpartum. Flowsheets for differential diagnosis and treatment planning are provided for normal labor preparation, postpartum care and Cesarean section recovery, as well as disorders and complications of pregnancy including breech presentation, musculoskeletal pain, PUPPP rash, postdates, oligo- and polyhydramnios. Preventive and adjunct supportive approaches are discussed, along with guidelines for urgent referral, for more serious disorders including preeclampsia, intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, intrauterine growth restriction and postpartum depression. Hands-on instruction and detailed treatment planning guides are provided for a full range of approaches from simple exercises and acupressure that can be taught to family members, to specialized perinatal tui na techniques, ear acupressure seeds, body needles that can be securely taped, and finally electrical stimulation on auricular and/or body needles for difficult cases. Relevant clinical research (including the instructor's) will be briefly discussed.