Congratulations on your pregnancy and welcome to my website. I’m passionate about helping you to have as natural a birth as possible, through the safe use of complementary therapies.
Pregnancy is usually a time of joy and anticipation, but often brings worries and physical discomforts too. Research has shown that complementary therapies reduce stress hormones and increase the “feel good” chemicals and pregnancy and birth hormones. You may consider complementary therapies for relaxation or to prepare for the birth of your baby. Perhaps you’re looking for alternatives to drugs for those aches and pains such as backache, constipation or “morning sickness”? Or maybe you’re looking for information about raspberry leaf tea, aromatherapy oils, turning a breech baby or what to do if you’re overdue?
However, just because these therapies are natural, they’re not safe for everyone. I’m dedicated to helping you find what’s appropriate for you, with natural, safe ways to enjoy your pregnancy and prepare for your baby’s birth. I hope you will find answers here to some of the questions you may have about complementary therapies and natural remedies in pregnancy and birth.
Enjoy your pregnancy – and good luck!
Denise Tiran is a midwife with over 35 years’ experience and is proud to be considered an international authority on maternity complementary medicine. She’s a university lecturer with a Master’s degree in health research and author of many books on complementary therapies in pregnancy.
Denise trained as a nurse and midwife in London, then worked as a community midwife, helping mothers having home births. During the 1980’s she became fascinated by the potential for using what was then considered “alternative” medicine. Over the next few years, she trained in several therapies, including reflexology, massage, aromatherapy and moxibustion and amassed a wealth of knowledge on herbal, homeopathic and Bach flower remedies and on Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
Whilst working at the University of Greenwich in the 1990’s, Denise developed one of the UK’s first degree programmes on complementary medicine, and established a specialist pregnancy complementary therapies clinic where she treated almost 6000 women. The clinic was “highly commended” in the 2001 Prince of Wales’ Awards for Healthcare in London and often attracted professional observers from other maternity units and from overseas. Denise left full-time university work in 2004 to set up Expectancy in response to the growing interest amongst mums and midwives for using complementary therapies in pregnancy and birth. Expectancy is now the leading provider of training courses for midwives and other maternity professionals on the safe use of complementary therapies in pregnancy and birth. In 2009 Expectancy achieved the Complementary and Alternative Medicine award for its contribution to professional education.
Denise has personally trained over 2000 midwives, therapists, antenatal teachers and birth supporters in the UK. She has taught professionals as far afield as Hong Kong, Japan, China, Malta, Iceland, Canada and Italy. She is a frequent conference speaker and an advisor to the Royal College of Midwives, the Federation of Antenatal Educators and Federation of Holistic Therapists.