Advanced Training in Acupuncture during Labor & Delivery
with Claudia Citkovitz, L.Ac.
Level 1*: August 13-14 2011, 9:00-6:00
Approved for 16 PDA/CEU points
(including 4 ethics points required by NCCAOM for re-certification)
Level 2**: November 11-12, 2011, 9:00-5:00
Approved for 12 PDA/CEU points
Lutheran Medical Center, executive conference room
150 55th Street
Brooklyn NY 11220
- Help promote a smooth and healthy labor & delivery in the home, hospital or birthing center
- Learn treatments and techniques to reduce pain, facilitate dilation, increase strength and regularity of contractions, and help the patient to be relaxed and present for the miracle of birth that is unfolding
- Help to reduce side effects of Western pharmaceutical interventions
- Receive hands-on training in palpation skills and specific needling and tui na techniques
- Learn about the Western interventions typically used to address common pathologies & how to work with them in integrative and hospital settings
- Explore the relevant anatomy in more depth and learn exercises to facilitate awareness and movement in the lumbosacral and pelvic muscles and joints.
Students: $200 per class
Practitioners: $375 per class, $675 for both
Early bird discount by July 15: $325/600, checks only (payable to Lutheran Medical Center, mail to address below with name and email address).
* Level 1 will cover the major anatomical and emotional events of a birth, and the many ways in which our unique Chinese Medicine toolkit can be of help. Acupuncture and acupressure techniques will be presented, along with the roles of Yin/Yang, Qi and blood, and the key clinical signs of their obstruction or deficiency. By understanding how the vital substances and pathogens behave during birth, we acquire a much clearer understanding of what will be of help to our patients -- from us and from their partners -- at this most exciting and challenging time of their lives.
** Level 2 is for students who have taken Level 1 or can demonstrate significant birth experience. It extends Level 1's diagnostic and treatment principles to include commonly seen complications and Western interventions. Students will understand how to help their patient when the birth process is not going smoothly, through appropriate diagnosis and treatment of meridians, Qi/Blood/fluids and sinews. The eight extra meridians will be discussed, along with the special rhythms and skills of home birth. Western medical topics covered will include: fetal monitoring; postdates; rupture of membranes; oligo/polyhydramnios; gestational diabetes; group B strep; induction; labor augmentation; parenteral and epidural analgesia; C-section.
Claudia Citkovitz, L.Ac., is one of the nation's foremost authorities on Acupuncture for Labor and Delivery. She is the Acupuncture Coordinator at Lutheran Medical Center where she oversees Acupuncture in Labor and Delivery in a hospital setting and supervises acupuncture internships and postgraduate training programs. She has taught at Mercy, Touro, Pacific, and TriState College of Acupuncture and the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has worked in the Obstetrics & Gynecology Rotation at University of Chicago School of Medicine, and has authored, presented research, and conducted and consulted for clinical trials related to Labor and Delivery for the Society for Acupuncture Research, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Lutheran Medical Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina and Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. She sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and is pursuing postgraduate studies in acupuncture research at the University of Westminster in London.
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