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Acupressure and Acupuncture During Birth: An Integrative Guide for Acupuncturists and Birth Professionals

by Claudia Citkovitz Singing Dragon
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Pbk 352 pages
AU$69.99 NZ$72.17
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For acupuncturists and birth professionals, this book explains how yin/yang and other principles of Chinese medicine can improve birth experiences as well as outcomes. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can shift and support the physical and emotional journey of birth and provide nonpharmacologic treatment approaches for commonly occurring disorders of labor such as malposition, asynclitism, slow cervical dilatation and inadequate contractions, as well as postpartum and post C-section care.


Accessible and engaging, the book includes an overview of Chinese medicine for women’s health; information on what happens before, during and after birth from both a biomedical and Chinese medical perspective;and a toolkit of treatment strategies for birth work. The techniques described include acupressure, Tui Na (Chinese medical bodywork), needling, auricular acupressure and electrostimulation.

1. Introduction. 2. A brief overview of Chinese medicine for women's health. 3. What happens before, during and after birth: an integrative perspective. 4. Yin birth, Yang birth: understanding dysfunctional labor from a Chinese medical perspective. 5. A toolkit of strategies for intervening. 6. Additional considerations and approaches for commonly occurring labour dysfunction and complications (with Sarah Budd). 7. Advice on pulling the 'toolkit' together into a cohesive practice strategy, with case examples. 8. Advice on how the fetal heart rate/contraction monitor can be diagnostically interpreted as the 'pulse' of the labor (and also basics on its use for safety). 9. Postpartum and post C-section care. 10. Glossaries of unfamiliar Chinese and Western terms.

As a midwife and acupuncturist that introduced Acupuncture to a busy UK obstetric unit in the 1980s, this fantastic book makes me want to go back and attend births all over again! I wish I had known some of the techniques that Dr Citkovitz shares here. Covering all angles, and nicely illustrated by case histories, it will be invaluable to all who attend births, introducing new information about what this system of medicine has to offer. I fully endorse this inspiring publication.
Claudia Citkovitz is Director of Acupuncture Services at NYU Langone Hospital. She has taught acupuncture for birth internationally for over ten years.