Essential Oils for Maternal Wellness- General Track e-Course
About the course:
Essential Oils for Maternal Wellness© (formerly Essential Oils for the Birth Kit©) is a complete online training course developed for birth professionals, moms-to-be, and essential oil educators who would like to learn how to safely and effectively apply essential oils during each phase of maternity and for infant care.
Participants will learn essential oil applications, concentrations, and safety precautions while exploring how to best use oils to address common symptoms during childbearing, including: Morning sickness, indigestion, fatigue, stretch marks, labor pain, teething and colic.
Once enrolled, students will be invited to participate in our online forum and to schedule a private consultation with creator, Stephanie McBride. Those who complete the course and pass the five quizzes will receive a certificate of completion (currently continuing education credits are available to United States licensed birth professionals only).
This e-course is beautifully presented in a series of eight colorful modules accompanied by audio-visual recordings, averaging 30 minutes in length. Each module is enriched by photographs, research citations, charts, and simple essential oil formulations.
Students have access to downloadable and online course materials, including:
- Essential Oils for Maternal Wellness- Handout- A 28-page usage guide with safety instructions, quality guidelines, Birth Kit Blends, monographs for 17 essential oils, and oil usage charts.
- Five interactive online quizzes. Those who pass the quizzes will receive a certificate upon completion. Continuing education credits are available to United States licensed birth professionals at an additional cost. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Module 1: Fundamentals
This e-course begins with an in-depth introduction to essential oil therapy that includes an overview of historical uses, schools of thinking from modern schools of aromatherapy, essential oil attributes and their clinical effects on physiology, and criteria for determining essential oil quality.
Module 2: Applications and Dosing
Module two provides a clinical explanation and examples for using the three main essential oil applications: Aromatic, topical, and internal. Topics covered include: dosing, modes of application, and the safe and effective use of carriers.
Module 3: Safety in Maternity
Module three covers guidelines for the safe application of essential oils during each phase of pregnancy. Areas of focus include: General safety, potential toxicity, therapeutic actions, herb-drug interactions, and contraindications for use during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.
Module 4: Use in Pregnancy
This module addresses the most common uses for essential oil use during pregnancy, including: Nausea, vomiting, poor digestion, stress, fatigue, trouble sleeping, muscular aches and pains, vascular irregularities, swelling, and preparing for childbirth.
Module 5: Use in Labor
This module offers indications for the key uses for essential oils during labor, including: Preparing the birth space, calming anxious feelings, coping with discomfort, exhaustion, and healthy delivery.
Module 6: Use in Postpartum
This module addresses the most common indications for postpartum, including: Afterpains, heavy bleeding, care for tender skin, perineal care, hormonal balance, baby blues, breast health, and healthy milk production.
Module 7: Use in Infant Care
Module seven covers safety guidelines for supporting infant health with essential oils. Participants will learn uses, applications, and concentrations for gently supporting: Digestive health, teething, calm, sleep, and skincare.
Module 8: Materia Aromatica
- This module, presented from an herbalist's perspective, provides summaries of 17 of the best essential oils for use in maternal and infant care. Each oil is characterized by its native location, aromatic parts, most important medicinal attributes, and any known contraindications. It also introduces the "Doctrine of signatures", an ancient system of knowledge used by herbalists to better understand the unique attributes of individual plants.