Essential Oils for Childbirth: Using Aromatherapy to Reduce Stress, Alleviate Anxiety, and Lessen Pain with Any Birth Plan

Essential Oils for Childbirth: Using Aromatherapy to Reduce Stress, Alleviate Anxiety, and Lessen Pain with Any Birth Plan

by Michaela Boldy


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This practical guide helps expecting mothers discover the health benefits of aromatherapy to improve the childbirth experience

Many women experience anxiety and fear during childbirth. Essential Oils for Childbirth highlights the effectiveness of aromatherapy as an inexpensive, noninvasive practice to increase comfort in childbirth for all mothers—whatever their birth plan. Moms and partners will learn how to safely create, prepare, and apply labor blends during childbirth and more!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623172947
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

MICHAELA BOLDY is a registered nurse, certified aromatherapy practitioner, certified infant massage instructor, and the mother of four children. She is a member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy and has taught aromatherapy, anatomy, and physiology in the San Francisco Bay Area. After successfully incorporating aromatherapy into her own childbirth, she founded Michaela Boldy Aromatherapy to sell the two essential oil blends she had created for herself, which were sold in hospital stores throughout Northern California. With the support of midwives, she introduced aromatherapy to the work of doulas and midwives affiliated with hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a result, a small trial was initiated to demonstrate aromatherapy as being highly effective for promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety during birth. Boldy now lives in the United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 A Brief Introduction to Aromatherapy 9

Chapter 2 A Study of Essential Oils in Childbirth 39

Chapter 3 Create Your Own Effective Labor Blend 51

Chapter 4 How to Apply Labor Blends during Childbirth 89

Chapter 5 Now Let's Backtrack Nine Months 97

Chapter 6 Baby and Child Massage 101

Chapter 7 Little Extras for Happy Babies 113

Chapter 8 How Aromatherapy Can Help Lower the Number of Caesarean Sections 131

Appendix A Essential Oils Are Proven Effective in Enhancing the Well-Being of Women in Labor 139

Appendix B The Lucina Maternity Foundation and a More Integrated Model of Maternity Care 143

Glossary 147

Resources 155

Notes 161

Bibliography 181

Index 197

About the author 207

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