“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)
Welcome to MAMPS 2023
Zoom Link, Dates and Times
Module 1: The Foundations of Informed Practice
Module 2: Pregnancy (May and June)
Module 3: Late Pregnancy: Labor Preparation and Malposition (July and August)
Module 4: Labor and Birth (Sept and Oct)
Module 5: Postpartum (Nov and Dec)
MAMPS Library: Video Resources
MAMPS Library: Written Resources
MAMPS Community Lectures & Handouts
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 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.
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.
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.
Sarah is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and doula with a focus on reproductive wellness. She has been in private practice since 2009 on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, specializing in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. Before starting her practice, she was the Program Coordinator of Acupuncturists Without Borders in post-Katrina New Orleans, where she developed a commitment to providing quality healthcare to rural and underserved areas. She now works closely with midwives and a critical access hospital to provide collaborative maternal care in her community. Sarah lives on the island with her family and enjoys restoring their 1885 farmhouse.