New York-Oct.8, 2013;6-9pm-NO CEUs-Acupuncture for Labor Preparation-Debra Betts and Claudia Citkovitz

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New York-Oct.8, 2013;6-9pm-NO CEUs-Acupuncture for Labor Preparation-Debra Betts and Claudia Citkovitz


-Differential diagnosis that could change your practice.

Debra Betts with Claudia Citkovitz


Tuesday, October 8th, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine-NY

915 Broadway (21st) NYC


Make Labor Shorter, Easier and Less likely to Require Pharmaceutical Intervention

Examine differential diagnosis, treatment plans, and techniques (on beyond the obvious; when LI4/Sp6 etc. are not enough)

Explore how to assist with starting contractions - Induction- the pros, cons, challenges, and scope of practice issues.

Develop labor preparation and treatment approaches for older moms to be those who have had fertility challenges or previous C sections those with scheduled inductions, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.

Recognize the role of cervical ripening - head station, cervical position and quality, effacement and dilation, and  outwardly observable physical and emotional changes.


BONUS:  Debra will discuss her recent exciting PhD work on acupuncture for patients with threatened miscarriage including:


• Survey results regarding acupuncturists’ perceptions, concerns, and experience with threatened miscarriage

• Acupuncture Clinical Trials for Threatened Miscarriage.

•Experience with symptoms of threatened miscarriage and with interest from physicians in referring patients


Threatened miscarriage is a common complication of early pregnancy, with increased risk factors for miscarriage or pregnancy complications such as premature birth.  Currently there is limited evidence to recommend beneficial medical treatments or lifestyle changes, resulting in a ‘watchful waiting’ approach.  Acupuncture texts offer conflicting advice regarding treatment recommendations for threatened miscarriage.  


Debra Betts, author of the acclaimed book, The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth, is an internationally renowned authority on Acupuncture for Childbirth.  She graduated from London College of Acupuncture, and has been practicing acupuncture for over 20 years in addition to having a background in neonatal intensive care nursing.  A clinical supervisor at New Zealand School of Acupuncture at a hospital ante-natal acupuncture clinic, she lectures internationally to Acupuncturists, Midwives, and others on obstetric acupuncture and acu-pressure.  Her articles and research have been published in The Journal of Chinese Medicine and The Journal of Medical Acupuncture, and she has served as a guest lecturer on Obstetrics for the University of Western Sydney’s post graduate Masters Program in Australia and at the Integrated Acupuncture Seminar for Obstetrics in London.


Practitioners $60/Students $40 

Earlybird Discount by September 25th: $50/$30)

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or  212-982-3456 x229