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A seminar looking at the conditions in pregnancy which acupuncturists need to be aware of. There are many conditions in pregnancy which acupuncture can help, but some conditions can be dangerous for mother and baby, and it is important to be aware of these. The seminar is aimed at practitioners who are interested in, or already involved with, treating women in pregnancy. It assumes existing knowledge of the treatment with acupuncture of common complaints of pregnancy such as sickness and backache, taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We will go a step further, looking at normal pregnancy in more detail and discussing the more serious obstetric complications such as severe pre-eclampsia, so that practitioners are familiar with these should a patient present with them. We will be looking at emergency situations which could be encountered when attending a labour as an acupuncturist. Case histories will be used to bring the conditions to life. Recognizing when to refer back to midwifery or medical staff can be crucial - even life-saving in some cases.

Many of you may be familiar with Sarah Budd from the chapter she wrote in Giovanni Maciocia's text book, Obstetrics & Gynecology in Chinese Medicine, on Midwifery in Acupuncture.

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Objectives

  • Delegates will learn how to identify the main obstetric complications which could present in their acupuncture clinic.
  • To recognize the importance of referring on to, or back to midwifery or medical staff.
  • To understand the TCM aspects of some of these "red flag conditions".
  • To look at TCM acupuncture treatment of these conditions that may be used if appropriate.
  • It is hoped that delegates will feel more confident about treating pregnant women and more comfortable about going in to birthing units after the seminar.

Sarah Budd

Presenter: 

Sarah Budd has a background as a Midwifery Sister and subsequently trained as an acupuncturist in London and China. She set up an acupuncture service in Plymouth Maternity Unit in 1988, then completed a degree in Complementary Health Studies at Exeter University. In 1991, where she won a Churchill Fellowship, and then went to China again to study acupuncture anaesthesia. She was given the first and only full time post as acupuncturist midwife in the UK, then had a family, and now works one day per week in Plymouth, and privately at home. Over 6,000 pregnant women have been treated with acupuncture on the NHS in Plymouth, and the service was joint winner of the Prince of Wales' Foundation for Integrated Health Award in 2001.

Sarah co-authored a report for the Department of Health with Simon Mills, "Professional Organisation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United Kingdom 2000" and worked as a Research Assistant on the Regulation of Complementary Medicine, and in the Acupuncture Research Resource Centre. Over the years, Sarah has contributed to text books and journals and continues to teach in acupuncture colleges / universities.

“It is a joy to offer help to women struggling in pregnancy, who would not otherwise be able to afford treatment.” Sarah Budd.

Sarah Budd