The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth

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320 pages, 7" x 10"
40 illustrations
8 pages of color
ISBN: 978-0-9510546-9-7

The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth

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In this beautifully-designed clinical textbook, acupuncturist Debra Betts draws on more than 15 years of experience specializing in the use of acupuncture during pregnancy and childbirth. Acupuncture is an ideal form of treatment in that it offers women drug-free relief from a multitude of problems that can arise during this time. Even for conditions like morning sickness, sciatica and symphysis pubis pain, which are often regarded as part of a normal pregnancy, acupuncture can not only improve a woman’s quality of life, but also prevent them from becoming serious enough to necessitate medical treatment. 

Pre-birth acupuncture can enhance an efficient labor, and the teaching of acupressure to a woman’s partner or caregiver can make a great difference in the levels of pain experienced during labor. During labor itself, acupuncture can play a role in actively reducing the level of medical interventions such as inductions, forceps deliveries, and caesarean sections. Acupuncture can provide effective treatment for disorders such as pregnancy-induced hypertension and posterior presentation, and help induce labor, allowing women to achieve natural childbirth.

Each topic in The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth is presented from both a Western and traditional Chinese medical perspective. The discussion of clinical treatments reflects what has actually worked in practice for the author and the midwives she has worked with. The text is illuminated with clinical case histories, illustrations, and color photographs.

“From my perspective, the use of acupuncture in pregnancy care and childbirth appears to be limited only by the reluctance of acupuncture practitioners to become involved in this specialist area. I hope that this book will go some way towards overcoming this, strengthening practitioners’ sense of confidence and expanding the range of treatments offered to women throughout pregnancy and childbirth.”
—from the Preface

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Chapter 1.  Introduction to acupuncture treatment during pregnancy and childbirth
Chapter 2.  Miscarriage
Chapter 3.  Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy
Chapter 4.  Heartburn
Chapter 5.  Constipation
Chapter 6.  Varicose veins, haemorrhoids and vulval varicosities
Chapter 7.  Urinary tract infections
Chapter 8.  Musculoskeletal conditions
Chapter 9.  Fatigue and exhaustion
Chapter 10.  Anaemia
Chapter 11.  Insomnia
Chapter 12.  Anxiety and depression in pregnancy
Chapter 13.  Vaginal discharge and itching
Chapter 14.  Itching in pregnancy
Chapter 15.  Sinusitis
Chapter 16.  Pregnancy-induced hypertension
Chapter 17.  Oedema
Chapter 18.  Small-for-dates babies (intrauterine growth retardation)
Chapter 19.  Breech and posterior positions
Chapter 20.  Acupuncture as a routine prebirth treatment
Chapter 21.  Induction
Chapter 22.  Intrauterine death
Chapter 23.  Acupressure in labour
Chapter 24.  Labour and delivery
Chapter 25.  Postnatal treatment
Chapter 26.  A review of research into the application of acupuncture in pregnancy
Chapter 27.  Dietary advice during and after pregnancy

Appendix 1.  Moxibustion therapy
Appendix 2.  Determining a pregnancy and estimating the due date
Appendix 3.  Antenatal tests for foetal abnormalities and maternal problems
Appendix 4.  Western medicine glossary
Appendix 5.  Chinese medicine glossary
Appendix 6.  A pictorial representation of pregnancy and birth
Appendix 7.  Location and needling of points used in the text
Appendix 8.  Developing an acupuncture practice for pregnancy and childbirth
Appendix 9.  Acupuncture in midwifery practice (by Lisa Errol)



"This book is long overdue for the acupuncture profession and is destined to become a standard text in acupuncture colleges around the world, especially with the interest of practitioners in TCM gynaecology."
—Heiko Lade, President New Zealand Registrar of Acupuncturists

"What Debra Betts does so skillfully in this book is distil all the knowledge we have available to us from written history into a practical compilation of what has actually worked in practice for her patients. The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth presents its entirely practical and usable information in a succinct, simple and elegant form which is easy to access and in language which is easy to read."
—Jane Lyttleton, author, Treatment of Infertility with Chinese Medicine

"Within each chapter the author has integrated Western Medical diagnosis with a TCM framework, while using succinct, manageable language; something I find lacking in several other texts on this subject, and something I welcome within our clinical practice. I welcome texts that provide the clinician with enhancement of patient care and problem solving skills within an evidence base that is effective, relevant and pertinent to current health care. This book provides all these qualities and more."
—Jennie Longbottom, Lecturer, Physiotherapy and Acupuncture, Coventry University

"Invaluable for those midwives and doctors who are presently studying acupuncture to enhance their practice, whilst at the same time it is essential reading for any acupuncturist who works in the field of pregnancy and childbirth or who comes into contact with childbearing women."
—Sharon Yelland, Midwife and Acupuncturist, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth UK