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Aromatherapy uses concentrated plant oils, usually administered in massage, water or by inhalation. When you smell the aromas, chemicals in the oils pass to the lungs and round the body and have various physical and emotional effects. Many oils should not be used when pregnant or breastfeeding.

Regular antenatal aromatherapy or massage has been shown to ease labour pain, reduce stress hormones and increase birth hormones. Many maternity units now offer aromatherapy for childbirth.

For an information leaflet on Aromatherapy in pregnancy see our shop.

Who teaches our aromatherapy courses?

Denise Tiran is the leading authority on midwifery aromatherapy. Her Masters research on the safety of pregnancy aromatherapy led to her developing an aromatherapy degree at the University of Greenwich. She has taught over 2000 midwives, in the UK and overseas and has assisted over 40 maternity units to introduce aromatherapy in the NHS. Denise is author of Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice (2016) and Complementary Therapies in Maternity Care, an evidence-based approach (2018).
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What’s different about Expectancy’s aromatherapy course for midwives?

This is the definitive course, from an international expert with over 25 years’ experience of teaching aromatherapy to midwives. The course enables you to implement aromatherapy in the NHS within the parameters of midwifery registration, the NMC Code and institutional use. We combine enjoyable practical work with serious academic and professional debate on safety, accountability and evidence-based practice.

Our Aromatherapy and Massage in Midwifery courses

Our 2-day Introduction to Aromatherapy in Midwifery course prepares you to introduce aromatherapy in the NHS, or in private practice within our Licensed Consultancy scheme. We also offer a 2-day Advanced Aromatherapy follow-on course.

Our 2-day Introduction to Massage course prepares you to perform full body massage and to treat specific discomforts in pregnancy and the postnatal period.

In-house aromatherapy courses: the Introduction to Aromatherapy in Midwifery course can be delivered in your own maternity unit or university, in the UK and overseas.

Introduction to Aromatherapy in Midwifery

Aromatherapy in Midwifery courses:  £120 (special discounted price)

2019: 1) 1st and 2nd June  2) 19th and 20th October 

2020: 1) 18th and 19th January  2) 11th and 12th July 

Introduction to Massage courses: £372 

2019: 1) 23rd and 24th February 2) 16th and 17th November 

2020: 22nd and 23rd February 

In-houses courses: If you are interested in having a course in your own unit in the UK or overseas, contact us for more information.

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All our study days are held at weekends in Shoreditch, north London

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