• This course closed on 11/30/2023.

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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.

Introduction and Course Material

Administration Issues  

General Questions and Chat Forum

Clinical Case Histories

Research Literacy 

MAMPS Library: Written Resources

MAMPS Library: Video Resources   

Sharing your Favourite Point Stories    

MAMPS Team Projects 

Module 1: Updating Covid 19

Module 2: Updating The Essential Guide to Acupuncture for 2021 

Module 3: Treating Pre eclampsia: Potential and Clinical Realities 

Module 4 Pre birth and Induction 

Module 5: The First Trimester – luteal phase, vaginal bleeding, nausea and hyperemesis  

Module 6: The Second Trimester: Lower back and pelvic pain and Breech 


Module 7: Postpartum care 

Module 8: Preparing for Labour – bringing it together to manage ‘hormonal  gaps’ 

Module 9: Racial Inequity and Cultural Inequality and Cultural Bias effecting Maternal Health Care 

Module 10   Maternity Acupuncture Outreach 

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