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It is estimated that up to 90% of women now use natural therapies, for relaxation and to relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy or to aid progress and ease pain in labour. However, it’s important to use them carefully – just because they’re natural doesn’t mean they’re safe for everyone. Many – aromatherapy oils and herbs in particular – should be avoided in pregnancy unless prescribed by a qualified practitioner.

Many of our past students have joined our Licensed Consultancy scheme and set up their own private practices offering specialist services such as moxibustion for breech, natural induction for post-dates pregnancy or nausea and vomiting.

Each therapy is a professional discipline in its own right, taking several years to learn. Our courses cover a small aspect of each therapy, applying it specifically to midwifery practice, subject to managerial approval, local clinical guidelines and indemnity insurance cover.

Who teaches our natural therapies courses?

Denise Tiran, author of Complementary Therapies in Maternity Care, an evidence-based approach (2018), teaches many of these study days. She is assisted by Dr Harry Chummun on the Scientific basis of complementary therapies day, and by midwives who have gone on to develop specialist services for women, both in the NHS and in private practice, who join us to share their experiences.
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Here’s what our past students say:

The moxibustion study day was so much more than just the 'how to' of moxibustion. I developed the skills required to successfully offer moxibustion in my own private practice and the confidence to price the treatment appropriately." Lydia Gerrie, Practice development midwife, Hertfordshire.

Our short courses and study days on using natural therapies include:

  • Complementary therapies for post-dates pregnancy
  • Moxibustion and other alternatives for breech presentation
  • Complementary therapies for nausea and vomiting
  • Safety of natural remedies in pregnancy (herbs and homeopathy)
  • Scientific basis of complementary therapies

Study days on using complementary therapies for specific problems

Aromatherapy and Acupressure for Post-dates pregnancy: £324

18th and 19th January 2020 and either 23rd May or 13th June 2020 OR 

Aromatherapy and Acupressure for Post-dates Pregnancy In-house course: An adapted 2 day course on Aromatherapy and acupressure for post-dates pregnancy can be delivered in your own unit for up to 24 midwives. Fees from £2160  Please enquire. 

Moxibustion:  5th December 2020 OR 26th June 2021 £192 Can also be delivered in your own unit or university

Introduction to Natural Remedies in Pregnancy: 23 January 2021 £192 Combine with homeopathy 24 January 2021 £384

Nausea & vomiting: 14th June 2020  £192   2021 - N/A 

Further Information

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

Midwives considering several study days are advised to consider our Diploma /Certificate in Midwifery Complementary Therapies programme

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