Intrapartum Acupuncture Course
Upon completion of this intensive one-day training course, delegates will be fully equipped to provide Western medical acupuncture for labouring women. This course meets the minimum acupuncture training requirement for the NHS intrapartum acupuncture services at University College Hospital, West Middlesex University Hospital and The Whittington Hospital. In 2013, UCLH became the first UK hospital to introduce acupuncture as a routine method of pain relief in labour. Since then over 200 midwives, obstetricians and anaesthetists have been trained to integrate acupuncture into their clinical practice.
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- Neurophysiological basis of pain and acupuncture analgesia
- Evidence base for use of acupuncture in labour and delivery
- Principles of safe practice in Western medical acupuncture
- Direct supervision of needling at key acupuncture points
- Introduction to antenatal applications of acupuncture
|09:00||Registration and coffee|
Neurophysiology of Pain and Acupuncture Analgesia
|10.45||The Evidence Base for Acupuncture in Intrapartum Care|
|11.45||Safety and Practical Considerations|
|13.30||UCLH Clinical Practice Guidelines|
|14.00||Small Group Work – Practical Needling and Discussion (1)|
|15.30||Small Group Work – Practical Needling and Discussion (2)|
|15.30||Summary, Questions and Close|
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The overall aim of this course is to provide clinicians with the knowledge and skills required to safely administer acupuncture at a basic level during labour and delivery.
The techniques taught are based on Western medical acupuncture, which is a contemporary adaptation of traditional acupuncture founded upon principles of neurophysiology and evidence based medicine
As such it builds upon the basic anatomy and physiology taught as part of core midwifery education and does not incorporate an “alternative” concepts or systems. For these reasons a short course is practical and represents a complete (albeit basic) Training.
Objectives: To provide attendees with :
- An overview of the evidence base related to the use of acupuncture for pain relief in labour
- Understanding of the neurophysiologic mechanisms related to the action of acupuncture
- Skills to administer acupuncture for labour for 8 specific acupuncture points. Participants being assessed and deemed competent to administer these points as a requirement for complete the course.
- Understanding of safety issues and professional responsibilities related to offering acupuncture as a treatment for labour pain.