Acupuncture & Herbs For Successfully Supporting Labor and Birth

Natural Promotion of Labor, Support at Births, and Postpartum Herbs

Presenting this dynamic duo of teachers to share effective TCM methods to prepare women for more manageable labor and birth, utilizing moxibustion, cupping, massage, sacral needling, and herbs.

Catherine Austin
Catherine Austin
Deb Davies
Deb Davies

Course Overview

This course will explore topics related to labor and birth from both a Western medical perspective and a Chinese Medical perspective, including a discussion of herbal safety during pregnancy and postpartum. Many licensed acupuncturists express a lack of confidence about treating pregnant women, primarily due to inadequate training in their Master's degree. We aim to provide the information you need to help prepare your clients for a healthy delivery, no matter where that occurs. We will explain the pros and cons of a hospital birth versus a birthing center versus a home birth.


The discussion will also examine the training and licensing of doulas and midwives. Especially important: defining the scope of practice or where are the lines of responsibility in these various settings when we, as acupuncturists, are also present?


There has been an alarming increase in hospital inductions of labor and cesarean deliveries in the US in the last 30 years. We aim to inform and stop this trend by presenting natural preparation methods for more manageable labor and birth, including moxa, cupping, massage, sacral needling, and herbs to enhance labor. Postpartum discussions will include herbal episiotomy repair and urinary retention treatments with acupuncture and herbs. Lactation problems such as insufficient milk, leaking of milk, and mastitis can also be addressed with acupuncture and herbs, which are safe during nursing.


  • Understand the US standardized medical model of managed care.

  • Learn how to utilize TCM treatment options, including acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion, and cupping, to support physiological birth.

  • Acquire herbal formulas to support women and labor and postpartum.

  • Share how lifestyle choices and empowerment with education can positively impact a patient's physiological birth.


  • 0 hrs - 30 min

    Discuss US statistics and the medical model of care.

  • 30 min - 1 hrs

    Share TCM treatments for labor.

  • 1 hrs - 1.5 hrs

    Chinese herbal formulas for supporting labor and postpartum.

  • 1.5 hrs - 2 hrs

    Teach about lifestyle and empowerment for positive birth outcomes.


  • Caroline F. (United States of America)

    These two are an informative and dynamic duo. Really loved having both perspectives on labor/postpartum support. Found it highly valuable and informative.


These two are an informative and dynamic duo. Really loved having both perspectives on labor/postpartum support. Found it highly valuable and informative.

Caroline F. (United States of America)


Catherine Austin

Catherine Austin earned her Master’s Degree from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1998. She has been in private practice for 23 years in California and in South America, and teaching for 18 yrs. Focus on digestive disorders, allergies, auto-immune diseases, and women’s health.

Deb Davies

Deb is an acupuncturist, educator, and best-selling author. She’s spent over 20 years passionately following her mission of supporting women through fertility, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care, & empowering families by educating and equipping them with natural and integrative health care ideas.


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  • CEUs:

    Approved By: Florida (2), Standard Certificate (2), NCCAOM (2)

    Pending: California [Upon Request]*

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 2 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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