An introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupressure for natural pain relief during labour
A seminar for midwives and doulas
Thursday 4th April 2019 from 12pm-4pm
Seminar & workshop description
This interactive and stimulating seminar is designed for Midwives, Doulas and students who have an interest in exploring the basic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s approach to health and wellbeing.
The workshop will be particularly useful to those seeking to apply acupressure techniques for natural pain relief during labour.
This seminar is designed for participants who have little or no knowledge of the principles and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Seminar & Workshop
The first half of the seminar will introduce some foundation principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine with reference to the peri-natal period.
The 2second half of the workshop will cover hands-on Acupressure techniques for pain relief and symptoms during childbirth and the post natal period.
Skills & knowledge extended
By the end of the seminar, participants should be able to:
1. Describe to clients in simple terms, relevant principles of TCM’s approach to health and wellbeing, particularly as part of a health recovery program during the peri-natal period;
2. Outline to clients what to expect when seeing a TCM practitioner for the first time; and
3. Apply acupressure during labour for pain relief and to alleviate particular problems in labour.
Module 1: Introduction to TCM
- An overview of the history of TCM
- Philosophies influencing TCM
- The application of TCM during the peri-natal period.
- TCM’s integration of the mind, body and emotions.
- TCM’s examination methods.
- TCM’s view of the origins of disharmony leading to peri-natal syndromes.
- The modalities used by TCM to individually customise treatment including herbs, acupuncture, cupping, massage, moving meditation (Qi Gong/Tai Qi), nutrition and dietary advice.
- What to expect when seeing a TCM practitioner for the first time
Module 2: Acupressure for Labour and the post natal period
- Acupressure techniques by Debra Betts to help manage pain during labour;
- Encourage a baby to turn into the correct position;
- Encourage contractions to re-start or become stronger;
- Help calm the birthing woman;
- Help reduce nausea during labour;
- Reduce after-pains; encourage initial milk flow; and
- Help with post-natal recovery.
Thursday 4th April 2019
12.30-4.00pm Introduction to TCM & Acupressure
Afternoon tea will be provided
$140 for Introduction to TCM & Acupressure workshop
This is an Australian College of Midwives CPD recognised activity – 3.5 points
To secure your place in the seminar, please email your request for a registration form to Glenys Janssen-Frank: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download, read and bring a copy of the free booklet by Debra Betts’, which will form the foundation of the acupressure workshop. http://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/download- booklet/
What to bring
* Cushions or a yoga mat for kneeling during the acupressure workshop
* Debra Betts’ free acupressure booklet.
BA (Social Work), Dip Remedial Massage (TCM Tui Na)
Rina Reiss graduated in social work and is a qualified Traditional Chinese Medicine remedial massage therapist. Twenty years ago, Rina established a private practice combining counselling, TCM physical therapies and TCM dietary advice for recovery from physical or emotional stress, illness or injury. Rina collaborates with and refers clients to registered TCM practitioners for herbs and acupuncture. Rina also has experience in designing and delivering short-course training.
RN, Grad Dip Midwifery, Master Public Health.
Glenys has worked as the manager of Childbirth Education at the Royal Women’s hospital in Melbourne, where she delivered Childbirth Education training to Doulas and Midwives across Australia. In the last 6 years she established and developed the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies program in Community Health in City of Hume, Melbourne. Her more recent role was midwife: Doula co-ordinator at Birth for Human KIND. Currently Glenys works as a Midwife at Sunshine and RWH. She is passionate about supporting vulnerable women through their journey of pregnancy, birth and the early days with their baby.