There is nothing like the experience, the intensity, or the transformation of going through full-on, active labor. I recall from my own first childbirth that the experience of early labor was a state of full awareness bound up with excitement, exhilaration, and anxiousness; you are living right on the edge of the spectacular, while dreading the impending muck of the pain and terror of the unknown. From this mixture of adrenaline and fatigue, just when I was forgetting what I was doing and why I was doing it (baby, what?!), full-on active labor dug in.
"Essential Oils for Prenatal Nausea and Digestion" was originally Published in Midwifery Today Issue Number 116 (Winter 2015 )
The use of essential oils for nausea and fatigue during labor is just the crowning head to an incredible breadth of possible uses throughout the childbearing year. Yet, starting with essential oil uses for digestion is a good idea for midwives and moms-tobe who are just beginning to integrate this powerful natural health modality into practice.
"Birth Kit Essentials" was written and originally published on by Aromatools on their blog, https://blog.aromatools.com/ (July 6, 2015 )
During the Week of Wellness at AromaTools™, Stephanie Pearson came to teach a class on using essential oils during pregnancy and labor as well as using oils to help care for yourself and your baby afterward.
Stephanie Pearson has worked with herbal medicine for over 25 years and is a clinical herbalist, functional nutritionist, and clinical aromatherapist master, in process. She created an e-course, Essential Oils for the Birth Kit, that is a comprehensive, evidence-based, and unbiased five-hour course on using essential oil therapy during each phase of pregnancy and in infant care.
Despite the ever-growing body of research on essential oils, there is only a wee amount of study conducted on essential oil use during pregnancy- this owing to the unethical nature of conducting research on pregnant women.
The quick answer, though, is yes, many essential oils do cross the placenta (and cell membranes, and the blood brain barrier), which is why it is especially important to be mindful of essential oil concentration and purity during pregnancy. (Tillett & Ames, 2010)
With so much interest in essential oils recently, it is not surprising that more and more oils are showing up in the labor room. The practice of using essential oils is an incredibly potent and safe natural health modality that can make a profound addition to any mom-to-be, doula, or midwife's birth bag. Knowing how to adapt general use for use in labor is simple with the right tools. Enjoy the blends below for general care in healthy, normal labors. See a list of my favorite oils for labor.
Stephanie McBride is a published writer and certified clinical herbalist who has worked with herbal medicine for over 20 years. She has been in practice as a functional nutritionist and essential oil educator for Daily Nectar since 2009.