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The Babycentre website is a mine of information for expectant mums, on everything related to pregnancy, birth and having a new baby. Our Educational Director, Denise Tiran, has contributed several sections to the website,  and is frequently consulted on matters relating to the safety of complementary therapies in pregnancy and birth. 



The Federation of Antenatal Educators is a voluntary organisation setting standards in the area of parent education. Midwives who use complementary therapies, doulas and therapists working with pregnant clients can obtain professional indemnity insurance cover from FEDANT. if you can't find an Expectancy-trained practitioner in your local area, have a look at this site to see if there is a maternity therapist near you. Several of Expectancy's courses for midwives are accredited by FEDANT and our Educational Director, Denise Tiran, has acted as an advisor on complementary therapies. 



We're very pleased to be working in conjunction with MIDIRS to promote evidence-based practice in maternity care. MIDIRS (the Midwives Information and Resource Service) is a key information service for maternity health care professionals, student midwives and those with a specific interest in complementary therapies in maternity care. Its resources include the academic quarterly journal, MIDIRS Midwifery Digest and the unique MIDIRS Reference Database 



The Federation of Holistic Therapists is one of the main regulatory bodies for complementary therapists. Some of Expectancy's courses for therapists are accredited with FHT and our Educational Director is one of their Expert Advisors for matters relating to maternity care. We are working with the FHT to set standards for the education and practice of any professionals who provide complementary therapies in pregnancy and childbirth. 



The Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice is an internationally refereed journal published to meet the broad ranging needs of the healthcare professions in the effective and professional integration of complementary therapies within clinical practice. Our Educational Director, Denise Tiran, is a long-standing member of the Editorial Committee and has published numerous papers in the journal. It is possible to download a free sample copy of the journal and to view old papers and abstracts. 



All of Expectancy's courses for midwives are accredited by the Royal College of Midwives. The RCM is the primary professional body for midwives in the UK, offering trades union services, educational programmes and professional advisory services. Our Educational Director, Denise Tiran, is frequently consulted by the RCM on matters relating to the safety of complementary therapies in midwifery practice.



Absolute Aromas supplies high quality essential and carrier oils for aromatherapy. Expectancy uses Absolute Aromas essential oils in its aromatherapy courses and our Educational Director, Denise Tiran, also provides consultancy for the company on issues related to safe use of aromatherapy in pregnancy and childbirth.




The National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine website trawls through severalhealth databases to find abstracts of papers principally related to complementary therapies. Many of the abstracts are very comprehensive; access to full papers is available for some, although there is usually a fee. 



The Complementary Therapies in Medicine journal is a companion journal to CTCP but focuses more on medical practitioners. The research papers are often very scientific and not always directly related to clinical practice as in CTCP, but there are some interesting articles and the journal offers an easy way to keep up to date with developments in the wider field of complementary medicine. 



The Practising Midwife journal is a very easy-to-read journal, specifically focused on midwifery practice. There are research papers, authoritative debate and news items which are of relevance to all those working with maternity clients.  



The Student Midwife Forum is a mine of information for aspiring midwives, student midwives and those who have recently qualified. The forum is incredibly active and there are many helpful online activities to guide you through the processes of finding a university, writing your personal statement, applying for training, going for interviews and much more. SMNET also offers study days and other events.



Diane Garland is an internationally-renowned expert on water birth and provides in-house training for numerous NHS trusts and units overseas. She is also an expert witness in obstetric litigation cases.