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From The CriticsReviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This manual, first written in 1996, offers a comprehensive review of aromatherapy for use by midwives and aromatherapists working with pregnant and postpartum women.
Purpose: The text explores and provides thorough information for practitioners to use essential oils safely and appropriately in pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.
Audience: This book is suitable for professionals working in women's health and maternity care such as midwives and aromatherapists. The author has extensive years of clinical practice as midwife and CAM practitioner.
Features: The book is filled with explicit information on chemical constituents, dangers, and the use and administration of essential oils in pregnancy and postpartum periods. The appropriate use and methods of aromatherapy with neonates is also presented. Since the author practices in the U.K., the resources are geared toward British professionals — a global perspective would be in order and appreciated. There are several color plates of plants that appeal to the eye but seem superfluous.
Assessment: This manual offers concrete information for practitioners in multiple disciplines in the use, evaluation, and selection of essential oils in pregnancy. It fills a void especially for aromatherapists who desire information on maternity uses.