FAQs

Who is the course for?
The course is written for anyone working with women in labour. For example  Midwives, Student Midwives, Doulas, Student Doulas, Maternity or Health Care Assistants, Childbirth Educators and others.

What does the course cover?
The teaching day provides detailed theoretical knowledge of five essential oils.  A variety of applications are practiced and discussed including how to blend them effectively. The course includes basic massage training. Health, safety, legal and ethical issues are covered.

Does the study allow you to practice aromatherapy at work?
Attendees of our study day are certified as competent to practice straight away.  Local Trust guidelines will advise as to whether completion of a recognised course, such as our RCM accredited one is adequate or if further in-house or other training would be required prior to using aromatherapy at work.

Although it may be some time before you can use it at work if there is no guideline in place you will be in a position to advise women in your care who are using essential oils without training, to encourage its safe and effective use.  We will also encourage and support you to implement a service if none is in place where you work.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Students to bring student ID please.

Do you offer or recommend cascade training?
No. We feel strongly that we do not want the quality of our course to be diluted by cascading training. We are happy to provide you with details of a study day for your workplace, or you can book on to one of our open study days.

Do you recommend yearly updates of aromatherapy training?
There is no need for yearly ‘top up’ training following our course.  If a midwife considers herself competent and confident to continue to use aromatherapy in the way we teach it.  This is similar to a midwife deeming herself confident and competent to facilitate waterbirth.  We are however working on a second course for midwives looking to build on their knowledge, birth skills and increase their palette of oils.

Our Trust doesn’t have a guideline on use of Aromatherapy. Can you help?
We work with individuals who are keen to get a service up and running in their Trusts to encourage and support their efforts. For example, we have written a sample guideline which is free and available to our course attendees to help write theirs to enable trained midwives and other birth workers to provide aromatherapy for childbirth. We also network with midwives in areas where it is already in place to learn how the successful implementations came about. We encourage Trusts to make policies which enable midwives who have attended quality training courses to practice if they are certified and deem themselves to be competent.

Continued Professional Development:
This course provides 7 hours of professional development.

How does compliance and accreditation work in the UK?
There are no nationally agreed guidelines on Aromatherapy use in childbirth, nor is there a UK wide accepted policy for implementing the application of aromatherapy by midwives.  There are a number of providers of NHS care where pioneering midwives have gained training, written guidelines and have integrated aromatherapy into their maternity service.

Can I become a member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA)?
You can become an Friend member of the IFA to enhance training and knowledge, receiving the journal, granted access to research, discount off events, products and supplies www.ifaroma.org

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please bring it electronically on your phone or printed out.

If you have any other questions please do get in touch.