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Maternity Acupuncture: Clinical Realities
Pacific Rim College
229-560 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC V8W 3C6
250-483-2119 (phone)
Event Start Date: 05-05-2018
Event End Date: 05-06-2018

Event Start Time: 9:00 AM
Event Duration: 16 hours

Event Topic: About Acupuncture
Organization: Pacific Rim College
Instructor: Dr. Debra Betts

Event Description

Course Information

A workshop using facilitated group discussion to problem solve through clinical scenarios.

This workshop will use case history scenarios to explore clinical practice within an environment of group discussions. Several scenarios for each session will be used to illustrate the realities of clinical practice, red flags that require attention and Chinese medicine considerations. Following an opportunity for participants to problem solve within a small group, Debra will lead a feedback session, followed by a PowerPoint presenting treatment recommendations. Treatment rationales and point suggestions will be provided for each scenario based on her clinical practice and her work with acupuncture students and midwives. This presentation will be followed by a general discussion. It is expected that rather than one correct treatment approach, feedback from participants will illustrate a variety different approaches, providing a rich learning environment for both those experienced and those seeking to expand their practice into pregnancy care. It is also expected that the feedback generated will focus on clinical issues deemed relevant by participants. Debra will facilitate this discussion to ensure that there the focus remains on the safety and ethical aspects of providing acupuncture care during pregnancy and postpartum.


Session one: Neasa and Hyperemesis

Session two: Threatened miscarriage and bleeding in pregnancy

Session three: Adverse outcomes including miscarriage, foetal demise and stillbirth

Session four: Uncomplicated first trimester pregnancies with a complicated pre pregnancy history; ART, previous pregnancy complications, recurrent miscarriage



Session one: Back pain in pregnancy- the Cinderella of a pregnancy practice. Importance of promotion due to current physiotherapy and dry needling practices

Session two: What separates birth preparation from induction of labour?

Session three: Breech. Examining the impacts of dosage for moxibustion on BL 67, additional treatments to the use of BL 67 and dealing with the women who present with complications such as twin pregnancies.

Session four: Postpartum recovery and breast feeding


Course Instructor

Dr. Debra Betts, PhD, graduated from the London College of Acupuncture in 1989. With a practice based in women’s health in 1997 she commenced acupuncture courses for midwives in New Zealand. Debra is the author of The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth published in 2006 and now translated into German and French. Her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage was completed through the University of Western Sydney, Australia. Debra is currently the Director of an online Master’s qualification in Chinese medicine for the New Zealand School Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She also supervises a hospital maternity acupuncture clinic and lectures internationally on the use of maternity acupuncture.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, 2018, 9:00am-5:00pm

Course Tuition

Regular – $325 (Early Bird – $310, until February 15)
Student – $300 (Early Bird – $275, until February 15)
PRC Alumni – $310 (Early Bird – $290, until February 15)
*PRC diploma students will receive 1 ACU academic credit for this workshop.

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