Advanced Acupuncture in Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Care

**Registration is now closed for 2022

“I want to thank Debra, Claudia, Kate, Zena, and Sara for their incredible knowledge and guidance through the MAMPS program, which has laid so much of the groundwork for resources like this to be created in the first place. (she is referring to her chart and protocol sheet she made)

I made this because I’m on a good run and have had a 100% success rate with turning babies within 72 hours of treatment since incorporating cupping into my breech treatment (which I learned via MAMPS) along with root treatment and moxa.  Maybe its just a coincidence, but I feel like the addition of cupping the low back has really made a difference.” ~ Sarah (2021 student)

MAMPS (Maternity Acupuncture Mentoring and Peer Support) Mentorship Information

MAMPS is a collaboration of four acupuncturists highly experienced in supporting pregnancy, labor, and postpartum care. Recognizing that these topics have been downplayed or even discouraged in some acupuncture schools, our goal is to help acupuncturists become safe, effective, confident providers of pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum care.  We also aim to nurture excellence in the next generation of teachers and treatment providers while providing a safe and inspiring space for group study.

We are delighted to be offering our fourth year of this mentorship to support acupuncturists of all levels of experience. Come and join us to develop your confidence for clinical practice or connect and share with other experienced practitioners and troubleshoot your difficult cases.

The focus for this year’s mentorship is clinical cases – with a monthly discussion on specific case histories.  There will also be a research journal club and a writers group meeting each month for those interested in developing their skills in these areas.

The mentorship runs for ten months commencing April 4th, 2022. Each month gives your three opportunities to connect with us for an hour live session via Zoom, with each session recorded for those who cannot attend.

Each month for 10 months we will offer

WEEK ONE: Case scenarios and/or cases from clinical practice are posted in your classroom, along with specific resources such as lectures and articles we think you may find useful.  A research journal article will also be posted for those of you interested in joining the journal club discussion.

WEEK TWO:  The writer’s group – facilitated by Claudia Citkovitz, meets to discuss a step-by-step process for writing a case history for publication.  It may be that there is interest from participants in writing up other types of documents which we will try and accommodate

WEEK THREE:  Journal Club facilitated by Kate Levett, meets to discuss a research article(s) of relevance to practice with a focus on how this information relates to clinical practice or how you can use this to discuss acupuncture treatment with health professionals

WEEK FOUR: Case history discussion – facilitated by Debra Betts and Zena Kocher. An opportunity to discuss the case scenarios and/or cases from clinical practice posted at the beginning of the month. This will initially use break-out rooms to encourage group sharing of possible treatment approaches, followed by feedback to the main group with treatment suggestions from the MAMPS facilitators and guest mentors. 

Also included in this MAMPS mentorship access to:
Resource Library – including lectures and resources from previous MAMPS courses
A question-and-answer forum – a place to connect with us and ask questions about clinical practice

April – Meeting Times
California 2 pm PT, New York 5 pm ET, London 10 pm BT, Sidney Au. Next day 7 am AET

April 4th – new content is added to the classroom (no meeting)
April 11th – the writer’s group
April 18th – Journal club
April 24th – Case History Discussions posted (April 4th)

May – Meeting Times
California 2 pm PT, New York 5 pm ET, London 10 pm BT, Sidney Au. Next day 7 am AET

May 2nd – new content is added to the classroom (no meeting)
May 9th – the writer’s group
May 16th – Journal club
May 23rd – Case History Discussions posted (May 2nd)

June – Meeting Times
California 2 pm PT, New York 5 pm ET, London 10 pm BT, Sidney Au. Next day 7 am AET

June 6th – new content is added to the classroom (no meeting)
June 13th – the writer’s group
June 20th – Journal club
June 27th – Case History Discussions posted (June 6th)

July – Meeting Times
California 2 pm PT, New York 5 pm ET, London 10 pm BT, Sidney Au. Next day 7 am AET

July 4th – new content is added to the classroom (no meeting)
July 11th – the writer’s group
July 18th – Journal club
July 25th – Case History Discussions posted (July 4th)

August – Meeting Times
California 2 pm PT, New York 5 pm ET, London 10 pm BT, Sidney Au. Next day 7 am AET

Aug 1st – new content is added to the classroom (no meeting)
Aug 8th – the writer’s group
Aug 15th – Journal club
Aug 22nd – Case History Discussions posted (Aug 1st)

September – Meeting Times
California 2 pm PT, New York 5 pm ET, London 10 pm BT, Sidney Au. Next day 7 am AET

Sept 5th – new content is added to the classroom (no meeting)
Sept 12th – the writer’s group
Sept 19th – Journal club
Sept 26th – Case History Discussions posted (Sept 5th)

October – Meeting Times
California 2 pm PT, New York 5 pm ET, London 10 pm BT, Sidney Au. Next day 8 am AET

Oct 3rd – new content is added to the classroom (no meeting)
Oct 10th – the writer’s group
Oct 17th – Journal club
Oct 24th – Case History Discussions posted (Oct 3rd)

November – Meeting Times
California 2 pm PT, New York 5 pm ET, London 10 pm BT, Sidney Au. Next day 9 am AET

Nov 7th – new content is added to the classroom (no meeting)
Nov 14th – the writer’s group
Nov 21st – Journal club
Nov 28th – Case History Discussions posted (Nov 7th)

December –
California 2 pm PT, New York 5 pm ET, London 10 pm BT, Sidney Au. Next day 9 am AET

Dec 5 – Bring your Favorite Point or treatment story
Dec 12 – Wrap up the mentorship

*All meetings will be recorded and added to the course to view within 48 hours

Access Ends Feb 28, 2023

You can expect to cover the most frequently encountered issues in clinical practice, including but not limited to:

  • Explore treatment options for conditions that can be challenging in practice such as hyperemesis, pre-eclampsia, bleeding in pregnancy, cholestasis, gestational diabetes, twin pregnancies, anxiety and depression, initiating labour VBAC/ medical inductions, and postpartum care 
  • Discuss with MAMPS tutors their experiences of providing treatment in wide range of environments, including within hospitals, outpatient and community clinics as well as their involvement in teaching face to face and online acupressure courses for acupuncturists, midwives and doulas
  • Explore treatments options and troubleshoot issues that concern you in your clinical practice and submit specific case histories for discussion and feedback.
  • Optional lectures to explore key research concepts, examples from maternity care and relevance to promoting maternity acupuncture

The focus of the mentorship is deep learning, and peer connection. Although maximizing the quantity of CEU/PDAs will not be a focus, we have made available a maximum of 15 CEU/PDAs you can earn during the ten-month program.

Acupuncture Regulatory bodies our CEU/PDA certificates will fulfill:

  • California
  • Florida
  • Texas

If the mentorship is not a good fit for you, you can cancel by April 25, 2022, and receive a refund of what you have paid, minus a $250 withdrawal fee.

No refund after April 25, 2022.

There is no guarantee that we will, especially in a world that is subject to so much upheaval, but our hope would be that we will offer the mentorship again after this year. We suggest you don’t delay as we cannot tell you what a year from now will allow.

Optional additional resources will be provided for those who wish to explore topics in further depth, including understanding key research and how to utilize this for promoting acupuncture in maternity care.

At the end of the course and completion of set activities, you will receive a MAMPS certificate and have the option of applying for 15 distant CEU/PDA through Healthy Seminars included as part of your tuition.

Introduction and Course Material

Zoom Link, Dates and Times

General Questions and Chat Forum

April Topic for discussion: Updating Covid 19 Vaccines and treatment 

May Topic for discussion: Postpartum Care 

June Topic for discussion: Treating Pre eclampsia,, PROM, PPROM and IUGR: Potential and Clinical Realities 

July Topic for discussion – When a Medical Induction is Required 

August Topic for discussion- The First Trimester nausea, hyperemesis and Threatened miscarriage. 

September Topic for discussion: The Second Trimester: Lower back and pelvic pain and Breech 


October Topic for discussion: Anxiety and depression 

November Topic: Updating The Essential Guide to Acupuncture 

December Discussion  Sessions  

January 2023 Topic: Reflection 

Writers group  

Journal Club 

MAMPS Library: Written Resources

MAMPS Library: Video Resources   

Red flags  

MAMPS Community Lectures & Handouts

CEU Certificate – Advanced Acupuncture in Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Care

Course Instructors

Debra Betts
Debra Betts Author

Debra gradu­ated from the London College of Acupuncture in 1989. With a practice based in women’s health she commenced acupuncture courses for midwives in 1997. This led to publications on the use of acupuncture and acupressure in obstetric practice including the text book “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth” in 2006, which has been translated into German and French. Debra completed her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage in 2014 through the University of Western Sydney and is currently the Director of Postgraduate Programmes for an online Masters course through New Zealand School Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is also a clinical supervisor at a hospital antenatal acupuncture clinic in New Zealand, and lectures internationally on the use of acupuncture in obstet­ric care. She currently resides with her husband and three children in Wellington, New Zealand.

Claudia Author

Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, LAc., led the Acupuncture Service at NYU Lutheran from 2004 to 2021, supervising over 270 acupuncturists and students who provided inpatient care in labor and delivery, neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation, and pain management. Her book, ‘Acupressure and Acupuncture during Labor and Delivery’ was an Amazon bestseller suitable for acupuncturists, patients, and other birth professionals. Dr. Citkovitz studied Chinese language in Beijing and acupuncture at the Pacific and Tri-State colleges in New York. An internationally known lecturer on acupuncture practice and research methodology, she lectures regularly for the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the University of Westminster in London and the British Acupuncture Council. Her PhD study on acupuncture during acute stroke rehabilitation was the first conducted in the United States, as was her 2006 study of acupuncture during labor and delivery. Dr. Citkovitz is a frequent peer reviewer and Editorial Board member on journals including Acupuncture in Medicine, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Explore, and Meridians. She is a board member of the Society for Acupuncture Research and sits on the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Kate Levett
Kate Levett Author

Dr Kate Levett has been working in health education, acupuncture practice and medical research for over 20 years. She is a specialist in acupuncture, research methods and education. She has qualifications in Education (B.Ed (HME) (Hons I) Univ.Sydney), a Masters degree in research (MPH (epidemiology) (with Merit) Univ. Sydney), an Advanced Diploma in Applied Science (Acupuncture) (AIAS), and bringing these skills together in her PhD from the NICM Research Institute at Western Sydney University. The subject of her PhD was in the development, delivery and evaluation of an antenatal education program, that used non-pharmacological pain relief methods to manage labour, such as acupressure, for the management of labour.

Zena Kocher
Zena Kocher Author

Since 1995, Zena Kocher has been a practicing traditional Asian medicine provider with clinical experience in women’s health. In 2006, she expanded her practice to also serve as an Integrative Medicine (IM) provider for MotherBaby Center at Abbott Northwestern hospital, which is a part of the Allina Healthcare system in Minnesota. As an IM inpatient provider, she uses acupuncture, massage, mind body techniques and aromatherapy to support women during their pregnancies, births and postpartum periods in the hospital. She has had the unique experience of working with high risk pregnancies in the antenatal unit, helping women to stay pregnant and happy longer. In the last few years, Zena has been enjoying training other acupuncturists to work in the MotherBaby Centers at other Allina Health hospitals and has created a MotherBaby collaborative to strengthen and inform our Integrative work. Zena’s introduction to natural medicine came at the heels of her Swiss grandmother, who would forage herbs and use them to treat her family. In 1995, she expanded upon this knowledge by studying directly under Dr. Duc Kieu, a Vietnamese Herbalist and Master Acupuncturist for three years. Then she went to receive her Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from the Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University and became NCCAOM certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She utilizes various bodywork modalities, Shiatsu, Reiki, guided imagery, NLP, and hypnosis in her work. She enjoys teaching individuals, families, and groups of caring people and hopes to share this work internationally.