Course: Acupuncture For Pain Management in Labour

Course length: 50 hours

Intended Learning Outcome for the course:
To understand the foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture with a special focus on learning how to appropriately use acupuncture to provide pain relief to women in labour and the immediate postpartum period while implementing the highest standards of safety.
All students will be required to demonstrate a sufficient understanding of acupuncture location, theory, needling technique and relevant protocols relevant to performing acupuncture for pain in labour.

Outline for retrospective chart reviews and assessments of practice:
Once the live course and examinations have been completed, the trainee will need to complete three cases under full supervision of a designated CTCMA registrant authorized to practice acupuncture. She/He will then need to complete and properly document 10 more cases which will need to be signed and approved before being issued a certificate from the College of Midwives of BC.

Evaluation: The course, as well as, written and practical examinations will require a minimum pass rate of 75%. Once achieved, the trainee will then be required to complete 3 supervised cases and 10 reviewed case studies, which will be marked on proper choice of protocol, use of appropriate points and the correct completion of the case study format.

Attendance policy: 100% attendance is mandatory. Options to make up missed classes will be offered.

Required textbooks: The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth. By Debra Betts, Clean Needle Technique for Acupuncturists (1993). Published by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists (NCCA) The Web that has no weaver. By Ted Kaptchuk

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