Gynaecology, fertility & obstetrics

A post graduate course for acupuncturists combining diagnosis and treatment of women from pre-conception to pregnancy related conditions to post-birth replenishment.

Acupuncture is a popular treatment choice for infertility and for women looking to avoid medication during pregnancy.  This course builds on undergraduate training in these areas to fully equip attendees to increase effectiveness and confidence.

You will be given written electronic materials to support all lectures, we do not provide printed handouts.

There will be a written exam at the end of the course that you will need to pass in order to complete the course.  The exam consists of multi choice questions and short answer questions and will be based on what you have learnt throughout the course.

Course overview

  • Thorough understanding of the western medical physiology of the female reproductive systems, pregnancy and labour in health and disease, and also medical tests and treatment
  • Systematic approach to understanding the medically described diseases of the reproductive system in Chinese medical terms
  • Comprehensive overview of the red flags of reproductive system diseases and for pregnancy 
  • How to take a comprehensive history and diagnosis in Chinese medicine
  • Practical application of acupuncture in the treatment of gynaecological issues, infertility and obstetrics including but not limited to: amenorrhoea, menorrhagia, polycystic ovarian syndrome, infertility and recurrent miscarriage, supportive treatment for assisted reproductive techniques (IVF), morning sickness, breech presentation, induction of labour, menopause and treatment during labour

Entry Requirements

A recognised 3 year qualification in acupuncture.  Pre-reading will be suggested for those who have not studied either five element or TCM as both are covered on the course. 

How to apply

Download an application here and email to Karen Starr  To pay the £100 application fee please click here.


The course fee is £1750, there is an early bird discount of £100 if you pay before 12th July 2019.  This includes £100 non refundable application fee which secures a place on the course and is offset against the fees.  For those who don't take advantage of the early-bird discount, fees are due on 1st September 2019.


The course will start in September 2019 and will run until July 2020, 10 - 17.00 each day.

Day 1: Thursday 12th September 2019 - History taking and Chinese Medicine basics

Day 2: Thursday 17th October 2019 - Eight extraordinary vessels and 5 elements

Day 3: Thursday 7th November 2019 -  Female infertility

Day 4: Thursday 5th December 2019 - Artificial reproductive techniques including IVF and premature ovarian failure

Day 5: Thursday 9th January 2020 - Endometriosis and PCOS

Day 6: Thursday 6th February 2020 - CMS obstetrics

Day 7: Thursday 5th March 2020 - Male infertility, female pelvic masses and discharges

Day 8: Thursday 2nd April 2020 - Immunology, miscarriage and menopause

Day 9: Thursday 30th April 2020 - Obstetrics part 1 inc. common conditions in pregnancy

Day 10: Thursday 28th May 2020 - Obstetrics part 2 inc. pre-birth, induction and labour

Day 11: Thursday 16th July 2020  - exam (half day)




Clare Venters Smith  (course director)

Clare graduated from the college with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in five element & TCM acupuncture, followed by courses in tuina and fertility and obstetrics.  She works as a practical skills tutor and is involved in marking assignments.  She runs busy practices in Reading and Henley.  She is also secretary to the acupuncture for conception to childbirth team (ACT) Berkshire which she helped set up.


Rebecca Avern

Rebecca is a senior lecturer, clinical supervisor and teaching clinic director at the college of integrated Chinese medicine in Reading, UK. Soon after qualifying in 2001, she spent 4 years working alongside and assisting Giovanni Maciocia in the writing of Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine.  In 2012, she founded an acupuncture centre for the treatment of children in Oxford – the Panda clinic.  She teaches paediatrics at undergraduate and post-graduate level, most notably a year-long paediatric course at CICM.  She is the author of the textbook Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers, which was published by Singing Dragon in 2018.


Sarah Budd 

Sarah is a nurse, midwife and acupuncturist.  She set up an acupuncture service in Plymouth maternity unit in 1988, after completing a degree in complementary health studies at Exeter University.  Sarah was appointed as the UK’s first full-time acupuncturist midwife funded by the NHS in Plymouth.


Kim Chan 

Kim Chan is a CICM graduate and faculty member and has been in practice in West London for more than 20 years.  She is a clinical supervisor at CICM and programme leaders for skills and technique. 


Jill Glover 

Jill Glover specialises in using Chinese medicine to treat all gynaecological conditions, especially infertility and IVF. Jill became an acupuncturist in 1985, later adding Chinese herbal medicine and professional coaching.

She is a senior faculty member at the college of integrated Chinese medicine, where she has been a teacher and clinical supervisor since its inception in 1993. She offers postgraduate seminars in infertility and runs a successful complementary health clinic in Bristol, specialising in women’s health.


Sharon Yelland 

Sharon has been practising acupuncture for over 25 years and is also a qualified nurse and midwife working in the community.  Her practice as an acupuncturist and midwife has enabled her to perform many home births using acupuncture.  She has been instrumental in setting up one of the country’s first NHS Acupuncture Midwifery clinics at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital.  Sharon is registered with the Royal College of Midwives and the British Acupuncture Council and routinely teaches pregnancy and birth to students at CICM.