Acupuncture aims to re-balance the body’s internal energy, helping to restore and maintain optimum health. Fine needles are inserted into precise points on the skin, or finger and thumb pressure may be used (acupressure).
Research shows that acupuncture increases the body's "feel good" chemicals and reduces stress hormones. In pregnancy, it can relieve sickness, back and pelvic pain and heartburn. It may be used to turn a breech baby, ease labour pain and increase contractions.
Who teaches our acupuncture courses:
Amanda Redford, a research midwife, is an experienced acupuncturist with a private maternity practice, and has undertaken research on acupuncture for back pain in pregnancy. Amanda is assisted by Annabel Bradburn, a midwife who also practises acupuncture privately, and by Philippa Cox and Denise Tiran, senior midwifery lecturers who have trained in midwifery acupuncture and implemented complementary therapies in the NHS.
See our teaching team
Here’s what our past students say:
The acupuncture course is exciting, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable. The teachers are experts in their field and have given me the confidence to bring acupuncture to my NHS work and my future private practice. I would encourage any midwife with an interest to go for it! Carol Mc Girr, Ballygawley / Co.Tyrone
Our unique Certificate in Midwifery Acupuncture programme
This six-month academic and professional programme (ten study days) enables you to treat common pregnancy, birth and postnatal conditions and to implement acupuncture in the NHS, or in private practice via our Licenced Consultancy scheme.
An Advanced Acupuncture two-day add-on course, covers additional acupuncture points and specialist conditions, including threatened miscarriage and skin itching.
Indemnity insurance cover for private practice via our Licensed Consultancy scheme is available from FEDANT