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Practical Evidence Based
Professional Training

What We Do

Aromatherapy for Childbirth equips midwives, doulas and other birth workers with ready-to-practice confidence and competence to apply aromatherapy for women in labour.

Affordable, evidence based, safety conscious and focused yet fun.  This course is accessible yet will get you thinking in the refreshing dynamic way that aromatherapy can.  Always developing and expanding our knowledge, our study days are continually refreshed in view of new ideas and evidence.

Working with individuals or with NHS Trusts to set up or to revive their aromatherapy use within maternity care settings we offer advice and support with guidelines freely available to attendees.

Participants especially enjoy the massage training, comprehensive manual and a varied teaching approach which facilitates finely tuned care for the dynamic and complex needs of childbearing women.

This study day blends the wisdom, passion and experience of Lindsay Woodman, a International Federation of Aromatherapy (IFA) trained aromatherapist with registered and practicing midwife Jude Davis to provide a fresh approach in quality training which is inspirational, empowering and accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.




In gaining RCM accreditation we emphasise that the content of this course is carefully designed for teaching professional, safe and appropriate use of Aromatherapy.

The Standards of Proficiency for nurse and midwife prescribers (The Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2006) state:

Nurses and midwives need to be familiar with a range of complementary medicinal products that their patient or clients may be using, or may wish to be used, in their treatment. These include homeopathic remedies, herbal remedies, aromatherapy oils, flower essences and the broad area of vitamin and mineral supplements

Our programme enables midwives and other birth-workers meet NMC standards.

Evidence based clinical and holistic Aromatherapy practice is developing at a fast rate and is an exciting field to work in.

Our curriculum encompasses literature and guidance from The Nursing and Midwifery Council, Conchrane and other studies.  The art of traditional aromatherapy methods blend with the evidence to inform the use of essential oils.

Research on essential oil safety has also advanced quickly and Aromatherapy for Childbirth contains the most up-to-date information from Tissarand and Young’s comprehensive, acclaimed and updated edition of Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals (2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone, 2013).

  • Become proficient in the use of 5 essential oils & carrier oils
  • Respond to the complex needs of women in labour
  • Individualise treatments using varied applications
  • Give & receive therapeutic massage on the day
  • Active birth techniques & acupressure
  • Free 50 page printed reference manual
  • Techniques sensitive to birth workers environment
  • Case study exercises
  • Blend oils for the physical & psychological aspects of childbirth
  • Be safe, effective, legal & ethical

In this study day you will experience the expertise, enthusiasm and varied teaching techniques of two experienced tutors. A practicing and award winning midwife and a holistic aromatherapist, consultant and international examiner with over 20 years experience.


“I was delighted with the York training day. The day was so
enjoyable and went so quickly. It has left a huge buzz in the unit
with more midwives on the list for the next training. We can’t wait
to get our policy ratified now!”


Becky Warboys

York & Scarborough Branch RCM Union Learning Representative

“A fantastic study day which was interactive and enjoyable. Skills learnt are great for transfer to practice and are so simple but effective when caring for women and their families. Thank you for such a fab day.”

Sam Hubbard

Midwife / Peterborough

“An excellent day! Really good mix of theory and practical. I feel equipped to use these 5 essential oils in my practice and in fact did so at a birth the very next day! I also love the very comprehensive handbook … brilliant!”


Annie Robertson,

Independent Midwife


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