Pregnancy Concerns: Raven Lang's Top 3 'Heavy Hitters' and How to Treat Them I

Raven Lang, LAc and OMD
Lecture Type: 
Breakout Session
Lecture Day: 
Day 2
Labatt Hall


Topics to be presented are the heavy hitters of treating pregnancy concerns: 

1. Morning Sickness: Why does this condition exist? This presentation will include lifestyle advice, acupuncture points including a Master Tung technique, the use of moxa, and herbal advice. 

2. Miscarriage: Why is this condition so frequent in today’s culture? Lifestyle advice, acupuncture points, moxa, and herbal formulas will be covered in this discussion.

3. Cervical ripening and labor induction: Advice, acupuncture, and the value of art to empower a woman for a labor and birth will be presented.


Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to quickly reduce the unwelcome symptoms of morning sickness and give advice that allows the woman how to best manage her symptoms.

2. Participants will be able to assess the differences between an active miscarriage and one that is threatening, use acupuncture points, moxa, and herbal formulas.

3. A discussion of cervical ripening and induction will provide practitioners with two forms of helping women go into labor within the allopathic framework of “due dates”, thus avoiding the use of pharmaceuticals and surgical intervention.

Raven Lang L.Ac, LM

Raven Lang was one of the first homebirth midwives in California. In 1970 she founded the Santa Cruz Birth Center, the first birth center in North America. Two years and fifty births later she wrote Birth Book. In 1972 Raven immigrated to British Columbia, where she helped organize and run the first birth center in B.C. Six years later, she returned to California and founded the Institute of Feminine Arts, the first non-medical school for midwifery in North America.

In 1982 she began her training in TCM and incorporated TCM into her midwifery. For the next three years she apprenticed with Dr. Miriam Lee, a nurse midwife from China and one of the first licensed acupuncturists in California. During her time with Dr. Lee, Raven learned the patterns of Master Tung's Magic Points. From 1982 to 2012 Raven practiced in Santa Cruz, California, specializing in women's medicine and pediatrics. Since 2012, Raven has left her practice and is in semi-retirement. In 2013 she attended a yearlong course in studying the classics, with Dr. Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee. Presently Raven teaches classes, offers externships, and sits as a board member for Institute of Feminine Arts and Sciences, a newly opened school of midwifery in Santa Rosa, California.

Raven incorporates her knowledge of midwifery, mothering, and traditional medicine (both American and Asian) in her work and brings a wealth of experience to those she serves. She is a dynamic teacher and teaches subjects as diverse as the politics and history of women's health, parenting, the science and art of obstetrics, and pediatrics. Her teaching reaches into the well of life, using poetry, art, politics, mothering, psychology, the medical arts, and unique instructions in the skills of observation.

Raven is a pioneer and those practicing today, treating women with TCM during prenancy,  are truly standing on her shoulders.


        Santa Cruz County, WOMEN HELPING WOMEN AWARD. 1985 and 1986. 

        California Association of Midwives, THE BRAZEN WOMAN AWARD, 1998.

        Midwives Alliance of Hawaii, OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT in the ART OF MIDWIFERY, 2001.

        ACTCM doctoral program award given for DEDICATION TO THE FIELD AND SCHOLARLY WORK, 2014.

        BirthKeepers Summit Award LIVING LEGEND AWARD, 2015

        Founder of the SANTA CRUZ BIRTH CENTER 1970

        Initial member, teacher, and midwife at THE VANCOUVER FREE CHILDBIRTH ASSOCIATION CENTER, 1973

        Founder and Director of THE INSTITUTE OF FEMININE ARTS, the first accredited non-medical school of midwifery in the U.S. 1978

        Author of BIRTH BOOK, 1972
        Chapter on Imprinting, in HOME BIRTH BOOK, Charlotte Ward
        Chapter in IMMACULATE DECEPTION, Suzanne Arms, 1975
        Chapter The Midwife Question in RECLAIMING BIRTH, HISTORY, AND HEROINES OF AMERICAN CHILDBIRTH REFORM. Margo Edwards                    and Mary Waldorf, 1984
        Journal of American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, VALEDICTORY ADDRESS. 1984
        Author BLESSINGWAY INTO BIRTH, 1985
        The Doula, THE ART OF MIDWIFERY, 1986
        THE USE OF TCM IN THE POST PARTUM PERIOD, Journal of American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1987
        MOTHER ROASTING, Mothering Magazine, 1987
        BLESSINGWAY, A RITUAL FOR MODERN LIFE, Caduceus Magazine, 1998
        HIP SANTA CRUZ, Volume 2, 2017

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