Certificate in Acupuncture- Midwifery


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Certificate in Acupuncture- Midwifery


  • New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Approved and Accredited
  • Approved by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand as electives education

Award Points

  • 20 elective education points will be awarded on successful completion of this training scheme by the Midwifery Council ofNew Zealand
Level: 7
Credits: 22
Duration: 6, two day workshops over 26 weeks
Intake: February / July 2016
Fees: __See fees table

Admissions criteria

The Certificate in Acupuncture- Midwifery is restricted to Midwives who hold a current midwifery practicing certificate.

Career Opportunities

This training scheme is intended to provide individuals who are registered midwives a way to safely practice acupuncture and moxibustion within a midwifery scope of practice according to the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (NZSATCM) clinical practice guidelines for Midwives. Participants will be provided with the knowledge, skills and application strategies for providing treatment outcomes that will meet the requirements of women in pregnancy labour and postnatal recovery. The acupuncture and moxibustion techniques taught as part of this course are given in addition to standard midwifery care


Reflective learning is built into directed learning hours through required assessments and within workshops through structured discussion of the treatments administered.

The programme is a series of six, two day weekend workshops over 26 weeks on using acupuncture during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Each face-to-face workshop combines TCM theory with sessions of practical acupuncture. Resources to conduct classes are supplied by the school.

Online learning relates to the clinical practice of acupuncture between the onsite workshops. It is expected that you will need to allow 3 hours per week to participate in this online learning. This will include background reading, participating in forums and documenting your acupuncture treatments on a database. You will need to have a broadband internet connection available.

You will be treating women in the community with acupuncture as part of these three practical hours a week over 26 weeks. In addition to using acupuncture you will also be teaching acupressure and moxibustion techniques to the women and their partners/support people that are then used as part of the care. This may involve teaching acupressure for support people to use as pain relief during early labour, using moxibustion for a breech baby where the treatment is applied for a period of ten days at home, moxibustion for anaemia where moxibustion is self-administered for 7–10 days. You will be discussing with women lifestyle and dietary aspects of Chinese medicine covered in the course that relate to specific conditions such as anaemia and postnatal recovery.


The programme is taught by Debra Betts, who is a PhD acupuncturist based in Wellington with a private practice focused on pregnancy-related issues. Debra has been a teacher of TCM since 1995. She also lectures overseas on the use of acupuncture in obstetrics. She began courses specifically designed for midwives in 1999. Her book The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth and her free booklet on using acupressure for pain relief in labour can be viewed at: acupuncture.rhrizome.net.nz

Topics covered in the programme include treatment for:

  • Induction
  • Posterior and breech positions
  • Pre Birth acupuncture to facilitate an efficient labour
  • Pain relief and problems during labour, including cervical lip, failure to progress and retained placenta
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Heart burn
  • Constipation and hemorrhoids
  • Vulva varicosities and varicose veins
  • Insomnia
  • Musculoskeletal problems including back pain and symphysis pubis pain
  • Postnatal treatments including postnatal pain, breast feeding problems and depression