Maternity Acupuncture Mentorship & Peer Support -MAMPS sale page

Looking for a maternity acupuncture education that will set you apart?

Join MAMPS for a maternity acupuncture education that sets you apart!

  • Learn from 6 of the top pregnancy acupuncturists
  • over 100 years of combined experience providing acupuncture treatments
  • Written multiple texts books and have taught all over the world
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field
  • This is a comprehensive program blending biomedicine and acupuncture-related care

Enroll in the world’s top acupuncture mentorship program for pregnancy!

Dispel the myth and become confident to treat pregnancy safely

Step up as the expert in perinatal care with MAMPS training!

  • Offer expert support during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum
  • Gain a specialized understanding of pregnancy progression and physiologic birth
  • Become informed, effective, and evidence-based in perinatal care
  • Enhance your acupuncture theories for perinatal care

Elevate your skills and make a difference in the lives of expectant mothers with MAMPS training. Enroll now and become the expert in perinatal care!

Full MAMPS Mentorship Program

The MAMPS program is presented in a modular format, to support solid mastery of one topic before moving on to the next. 

Course Format

This program is a rigorous 9-month program of study that combines pre-recorded lectures, reading assignments, and live group study meetings with MAMPS mentors.  Students interested in focusing on perinatal care and receiving a certificate of completion as a MAMPS graduate should choose this option.

  • Five modules of pre-recorded video lectures spanning nine months of learning.  Modules include Foundations of Perinatal Care, Pregnancy, Labor Preparation, Labor and Birth, and Postpartum
  • Live one-hour monthly discussion with Debra Betts, Caudia Citkovitz, Zena Kocher, Kate Levett and/or Sarah Tewhey to discuss the current module and troubleshoot challenging cases submitted to the forum by current students and alumni. A recording is made available to those who cannot attend in person
  • Live one-hour monthly Special Topics in Evidence Based Practice meeting with Kate Levett, Debra Betts, Zena Kocher or Claudia Citkovitz to discuss practical treatment methods for a variety of clinical concerns.  A recording is made available to those who cannot attend in person
  • Monthly reading assignments to accompany lectures
  • Online discussion forum with MAMPS mentors, alumni, and current students to post questions and cases
  • One individual writing mentoring session with Claudia Citkovitz for those students who submit a draft they are working on for publication, education or community outreach
  • Full access to the MAMPS Library and Archives, which includes written resources and prior MAMPS recorded lectures
  • Quizzes and worksheets after each module for educational growth and CEU credit
  • MAMPS Certificate of Completion with the option to remain in the MAMPS learning community as an alumni at a deeply discounted rate
  • Participants should plan to spend 2-5 hours per week on pre-recorded lectures and reading and an additional 2 hours per month attending live discussions or watching the recordings

Meet Your Mentors:

Enroll in the world’s top acupuncture mentorship program for pregnancy!

*Years of clinical experience: 148

*Individual obstetric px: (estimated) 11,040

*Research papers published: 78

*4 chapters in textbooks

*Births Attended: estimated 1900

*Years providing in-hospital care: 99

*Students taught: (estimated) 675

*Textbooks published: 2 complete textbooks

Debra Betts

Debra graduated from the London College of Acupuncture in 1989 and specializes in women’s health. In 1997, she started teaching acupuncture to midwives and has published several works on the use of acupuncture and acupressure in obstetric practice, including the book “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth.” She completed her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage in 2014 and is now the Director of Postgraduate Programs for an online Masters’s course in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. Debra also works as a clinical supervisor at a hospital antenatal acupuncture clinic and lectures internationally on the use of acupuncture in obstetric care.

Kate Levett

Dr. Kate Levett is a highly qualified specialist in acupuncture, education, and research, with over 20 years of experience in these fields. She holds a B.Ed in Health and Medical Education from the University of Sydney, a Masters in Public Health with a focus on epidemiology, and an Advanced Diploma in Applied Science in Acupuncture. She received her PhD from the NICM Research Institute at Western Sydney University for her research on the development, delivery, and evaluation of an antenatal education program for managing labor pain through non-pharmacological methods such as acupressure.

Zena Kocher

Zena Kocher is a practitioner of traditional Asian medicine with over 25 years of experience, especially in women’s health. She provides Integrative Medicine services at the MotherBaby Center of Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minnesota using acupuncture, massage, mind-body techniques, and aromatherapy to support women during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She has experience in high-risk pregnancies and trains other acupuncturists in the Allina Health system. Zena has a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine and uses Shiatsu, Reiki, guided imagery, NLP, and hypnosis in her work. She enjoys teaching individuals and groups.

Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, MS, LAc

Dr. Claudia Citkovitz is a specialist in acupuncture and has trained 270 acupuncture students and practitioners in inpatient care at NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn. She conducted the first study in the US on acupuncture during birth in 2009 and another study on acupuncture for stroke rehabilitation in 2015, which she used as the basis for her PhD. She has published a book on acupressure and acupuncture during birth and is an active practitioner, educator, and peer reviewer in the field. Claudia serves on the board of various organizations related to acupuncture and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine.

Sarah Budd

Sarah Budd is a highly qualified and experienced midwife and acupuncturist with 35 years of practice. She has published chapters in two books and has attended high hundreds of births. Sarah has seen thousands of OB patients overall in her 47 years of working in a hospital. In 1988, she set up an acupuncture service in Plymouth Maternity Unit and went on to study Complementary Health Studies at Exeter University, where she won a Churchill Fellowship and studied acupuncture anesthesia in China. She was the first and only full-time acupuncturist midwife in the UK and has treated over 6,000 pregnant women with acupuncture on the NHS. She has co-authored a report for the Department of Health, worked as a research assistant, and contributed to text books and journals. In addition, Sarah has trained 20 students and continues to teach in acupuncture colleges and universities. Currently, she works one day a week in Plymouth and sees patients privately at home.

Sarah Tewhey

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.

Mentorship Overview & Curriculum:

  • Ethical issues in perinatal care such as integration with primary care, bias in maternal healthcare, and the use of trauma-informed care.
  • Research literacy and search strategies, for gathering accurate information and communicating with patients and health care providers.
  • Basic principles of scientific writing.

  • Physiologic changes and routine care in pregnancy.
  • Assessment and treatment of common pregnancy concerns in the acupuncture clinic.
  • Understanding Red Flags for referral.
  • Acupuncture support in complex conditions of pregnancy.

  • Common and complex concerns of late pregnancy.
  • Labor preparation and pre-birth treatments using acupuncture.
  • Treatment for malposition in pregnancy: breech, transverse and oblique lie.
  • Post-date pregnancy and treatment alongside medical induction.

  • The 3 stages of labor in physiologic birth, mechanisms of labor, and labor monitoring.
  • Understanding labor patterns through an East Asian Medicine perspective: the yin and yang of birth.
  • The basics of acupuncture and bodywork during labor.
  • Complications in labor and birth.
  • Early postpartum complications: hemorrhage, retained placenta, and infection.

  • Normal postpartum: what to expect in the first 6 weeks. 
  • Late postpartum complications and Red Flags for referral.
  • Understanding lactation and infant feeding
  • The acupuncturist’s role in cesearean recovery 
  • The pelvic floor: treatment of postpartum pelvic pain, prolapse, and incontinence.
  • Perinatal mood disorders and acupuncture support.
  • Bodywork for common concerns in the newborn
  • Providing treatment after pregnancy loss

This is a Mentorship Program with a cohort with a beginning and end date, like a college semester, for which you commit to completion. Your Healthy Seminar team and Mentors work with you from the beginning of the process, and you have access to all the tools required for successful completion.

At the first of each month, the module content will be added to the course for review/study,

All meetings will be at 2 pm Pacific Time (Cal US time zone)

April 15 & 29
May 13 & 27
June 10 & 24
July 15 & 29
Aug 12 & 26
Sep 9 & 30
Oct 14 & 28
Nov 4 or 18
Dec 9 & 16

If you are unable to attend a live meeting we will be recording all sessions and they will be available within 72 hours of the meeting.

Required Texts

  • Acupressure and Acupuncture During Birth by Claudia Citkovitz      
  • Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth by Debra Betts
  • Prenatal and Postnatal Care: A Woman Centered Approach, Second Edition by Jordan et al.
  • The Birth Partner, Fifth Edition by Penny Simkin 
  • Human Labor and Birth by Glenn Posner et al.

Goals and Objectives 

Participants in the course can expect to…

  • Learn foundational biomedical knowledge regarding normal pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, as well as common complications.
  • Be able to provide acupuncture care to pregnant and postpartum people that is individualized and evidence-based.
  • Understand safety concerns, red flags, and reasons for referral when providing perinatal care.
  • Acquire basic research literacy skills and understand the current research on acupuncture within this area of study.

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The focus of the mentorship is deep experiential learning, and peer connection. Although maximizing the quantity of CEU/PDAs will not be a focus, we have made available a maximum of 30 CEU/PDAs you can earn during the nine-month program.

Acupuncture Regulatory bodies our CEU/PDA certificates will fulfill:

  • NCCAOM
  • California
  • Florida
  • Texas
  • CTCMABC
  • CTCMPAO
  • ABORM Renewal

There is no payment plan

As this is a Mentorship Program with a cohort that has a beginning and end date, like a college semester, for which you commit to completion. Your Healthy Seminar team and Mentors work with you personally from the beginning of the process, and you have access to all the tools required for successful completion. For this reason, FULL refunds are NOT  possible after you begin.

If you cancel before April 1, 2024, you can receive a full refund less our non-refundable eCommerce/admin fee of 5%.

Starting April 1st, If the mentorship is not a good fit for you, you can cancel by April 10th, 2024 and receive a refund calculated as what you have paid, minus a $350 withdrawal fee and minus $105 for the 4 CEU module 1. 

No refund as of April 11th, 2024.

You cannot transfer or sell your registration to this mentorship.

You will have continued access to recordings and handouts and forums until Dec 31, 2024.

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 for planning.

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