Complementary Therapies in Midwifery Practice
Childbirth is a natural process and midwifery is the art or practice of assisting women in all aspects of the birthing process. One of the major aspects of midwifery care is supporting women in dealing with the pain of labor in line with their expectations. Despite this, in the past, there has been minimal interest in, and few options for, drug-free pain relief in the traditional hospital setting, although the midwifery literature has provided support for such options in recent years. This chapter describes the background to the inclusion of aromatherapy in midwifery and gives practical advice about useful essential oils, their effects and precautions that should be taken. It shows how The Birth Unit, over its nine years experience, has used aromatherapy and details the benefits of this complementary therapy for patients, staff and the unit in general.
- the challenge for change
- introducing aromatherapy
- types of oil used
- indications for and method of massage