Acupuncture and Acupressure for Perinatal Care

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Dr Claudia Citkovitz: two-day lecture in Dublin, Ireland – Acupuncture and Acupressure for Perinatal Care

November 16 – 17, 2019

Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel

Acupuncture and Acupressure for Perinatal Care

Students taking this course will learn to:

  • Increase effectiveness of Breech moxa treatments through appropriate adjunct methods
  • Address problems of too little and too much fluid in the uterus
  • Differentiate deficiency and obstruction syndromes of Yin, Yang, Qi and Blood as they affect labor preparation
  • Use Chinese medicine concepts and hand techniques to provide effective labour support
  • Promote postpartum recovery

Topics include:

  • Pregnancy and Pre-Labor
    • Breech, musculoskeletal pain
    • Oligo/Polyhydramnios (too little or too much fluid)
    • Preeclampsia/Hypertension/HELLP
    • IUGR (small for dates babies)
    • Intrahepatic Cholestasis (ICP) vs. PUPPPS
    • Intrapartum depression
  • Labor Preparation and Postdates
    • Differential diagnosis and treatment (not just ‘all the contraindicated points)
    • Special approaches to preparing for early medical induction or VBAC
    • Home care packages of constitutionally and situationally appropriate acupressure, exercises and activities
  • A few quick tips for birth
    • Tuina and acupressure approaches for family and friends’ births
    • Identifying and working with bony obstruction, slow dilatation, inadequate contractions, spirit/emotional challenges
  • Postpartum:
    • C/S recovery, Symphysis Diastasis, tears, coccyx injury
    • Lactation, Constipation
    • Sleep/Energy, “Baby Blues” vs posptartum depression


This course for acupuncturists introduces a toolkit of bodywork, auricular and needling approaches for use in pregnancy, during birth, 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 range of techniques 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.

Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, L.Ac. is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Acupuncture treatment for women during Labor and Delivery as well as patients recovering from Stroke.

Claudia Citkovitz began her Chinese Medicine studies in 1997, assisting in the practice of Tom Bisio while attending Pacific and Tri-State Colleges.  She also studied at the Beijing Language and Cultural Institute in China.

Currently, Claudia is the Director of the Acupuncture Program at Lutheran Medical Center, a 466-bed community hospital in Brooklyn, NY.  Through the program, she provides care to inpatients in the Neurological/Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Labor and Delivery units, hosting licensed practitioners, PCOM Master’s students and ACTCM and OCOM doctoral students for didactic and clinical intensives.

Claudia is a lecturer or clinical instructor at numerous Master’s and Doctoral level acupuncture programs including the Pacific Mercy College, Touro College, the TriState College of Acupuncture, and worked in the Obstetrics & Gynecology rotation at the University of Chicago School of Medicine.  She lectures and teaches at schools and hospitals throughout the US, in England, and is also a lecturer for Healthy Seminars, a web based educational site offering CEU / PDA / CPDs.

She has published research in acupuncture during Labor and Delivery and acupuncture research methods, and completed her PhD on acupuncture during stroke rehabilitation under Volker Scheid at the University of Westminster in London.  She sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and the Institutional Review Board of Touro College.

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