Birth Basics: Acupressure, Acupuncture and Chinese Medical Diagnosis in Birth

Taught by Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, L.Ac. & Stefanie Beniek, L.Ac. Dipl. OM


In this class, students learn to recognize the familiar faces of yin and yang throughout the course of labor and delivery.

Using a clinical problem-solving approach, students learn to apply the Chinese medicine skills they already have, to provide effective support during labor. Specific needling and tui na hand techniques are introduced as well as labor preparation treatments, and moxa for breech. The skills taught in this course do not substitute for midwifery training, and the course addresses but does not remove the malpractice insurance and credentialing matters that need to be addressed to needle professionally in a hospital.

When: June 24th-25th, 2017
Where: Sun Acupuncture Clinic, 10912 Greenbrier Road, Minnetonka, MN 55305
Cost: $350 Early Bird Special, $400 after 5/25/17
CEU/PDAs: 13
Approved: NCCAOM, California (pending)
Register/Questions: Online registration available through Eventbrite: Birth Basics
or contact Stefanie Beniek , 612-805-8131

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Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, L.Ac.

is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Acupuncture treatment for women in Labor and Delivery as well as patients recovering from Stroke. Claudia is the Director of the Acupuncture Program at NYU Lutheran Medical Center, a 466-bed community hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Through the program, she provides care to inpatients in the Neurological/Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Labor and Delivery units, hosting licensed practitioners, PCOM Master’s students and ACTCM and OCOM doctoral students for didactic and clinical intensives.

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Stefanie Beniek, L.Ac. Dipl. OM

is a Licensed Acupuncturist with Allina Health at Mercy Hospital’s MotherBaby Center in Minnesota, where she provides care to inpatients in Labor and Delivery and Postpartum.  As founder and clinician at Family Tree Acupuncture located in South Minneapolis, she specializes in fertility, pregnancy, labor and delivery and postpartum care. Stefanie has great passion for teaching patients and other medical providers to understand the breadth Traditional Chinese Medicine has to offer in obstetrics and gynecology. 

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Course Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction, overview of the course, logistics, questions
  • Anatomy and physiology of labor: the 3 stages of labor
  • The challenge of being born: pelvic anatomy in detail; 4 key fetal movements
  • OM view of pregnancy: initiation of labor, progress; roles of yin, yang, qi, blood
  • Labor support: providing comfort in a normal labor

Day 2

  • Questions, review
  • Tui Na protocols for progressing labor
  • Pathogenesis and differential diagnosis in Labor and Delivery
  • Acupuncture during L&D protocol: basic constitutional treatments
  • Labor Preparation Toolkit (Lecture) & Labor Preparation Treatments (Demonstration)


After taking the class, students will be able to:

  • Use acupressure and acupuncture (where appropriate) to facilitate labor progress and comfort during a normal labor
  • Use concepts of yin, yang, qi, blood and channel flow to understand and address common obstacles to progress during labor
  • Help patients prepare for labor with acupressure and acupuncture as well as Chinese-medicine based movement, imagery and self-massage
  • Identify and select appropriate preventive treatments for constitutional imbalances that may be associated with prolonged or difficult labor

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