Using TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) and Acupressure for Pain Control in Labor and Delivery

Wednesday, January 23 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This program provides doctoral/professional students, nurses, doulas and other certified health care professionals the opportunity to learn new techniques to help support laboring women. This class is suitable for birth workers, ranging from doulas, nurses, midwives, and/or physicians. Techniques for acupressure for both pain and labor progression as well as the application, safety and use of TENS units in labor / delivery will be covered.  Pain mechanisms in the brain and pain gaiting will be discussed to better comprehend the action of the therapies in pain control. Hands on application and delivery of a basic TENS unit will be included in the course.

Teaching methods: Lecture and Hands-On Laboratory practice. All equipment will be supplied. 

Location: Resurrection University, 1431 N Claremont Ave. Chicago, IL 60622; Classroom 8S01. Parking is available in the open lot across from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

At the completion of the program, the attendee will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of pain mechanisms and pain gaiting.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in identifying common acupressure points.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in applying acupressure or TENS unit for common conditions in labor.
  • Confidently and safely apply a TENS unit for labor pain.
  • Credit hours: This program is eligible for 4 hours of nursing Continuing Education (CE).

Instructor: Kristine Tohtz, DC, DABCA, LAc, CACCP

  • Chiropractic Physician
  • Diplomate of American Board of Chiropractic Acupuncture, ABCA
  • Licensed Acupuncturist, IL
  • Certified in Pregnancy & Pediatric Care, ICPA
  • Certified Post-Partum Doula, Maternity Wise


  • $180 per person, with a $40 TENS unit included free of charge for the price of tuition.
  • Refund and Cancellation Policies: Every attempt is made to offer this program as publicized. However, Resurrection University reserves the right to adjust program dates, location, times, topic(s), faculty, tuition, etc., in order to accommodate for unexpected occurrences and to cancel due to insufficient enrollment. We will only notify advance registrants by phone or email of any program adjustment or cancellation. Resurrection University is not responsible for any expenses incurred by registrants due to adjustments or cancellations. It is recommended to purchase travel insurance for these possible occurrences. If the registrant chooses to cancel registration, and a refund is requested, a cancellation fee of $35 per registrant per course canceled will be issued; please allow 2-3 weeks after course for refunds to be processed. Registration may be freely transferred to another person or to a future symposium without any cancellation fee; however, the registration fee will be forfeited if not used or refunded within one year of the original program.  After a program has been conducted as scheduled, if the registrant neither attended nor provided a cancellation notice, tuition is non-refundable. Resurrection University makes no representation either directly or indirectly that the substantive matter being presented is approved or within respective scope of licensing.
  • There are no financial or commercial relationships between the provider or instructors. There is no external entity giving financial support to this course.

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