Clinical Aromatherapy for Pregnancy and Childbirth / Edition 2

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This is the most detailed and research-based book available on aromatherapy aimed specifically at those caring for pregnant and childbearing women, especially midwives and aromatherapists. Building on the success of the last edition, this book contains new and expanded information on physiology related to obstetrics, the principles of safe use of essential oils for pregnant and childbearing women, and infant massage. Thoroughly revised and updated to include the latest information on aromatherapy, essential oils, and massage for pregnancy, childbirth, and the post-natal period.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Reviewer: 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.
Jan Salstrom
The more common alternative modalities, efficacy, and limitations during the childbearing cycle are comprehensively addressed in this updated edition. The previous edition was published in 1995. The editors' stated purpose is to introduce complementary medicine to the practitioners who care for the childbearing woman and the woman herself, thereby increasing choices and research in this area. They succeed very well in meeting these worthy objectives by helping to fill the gap of scholarly work on not only complementary therapies but also on how their use can impact care during the childbearing cycle. The editors state the target audience is both the practitioner and the woman patient. The publisher has listed maternal child nurses and alternative therapy practitioners as the target audience. I agree with the editors. The contributors are all well qualified and credible authorities in their related areas. The philosophical basis and the overview of the principles of application, safety, efficacy, and limitations of over twelve commonly used complementary therapies are effectively addressed in this book. The editors are able to address such a large amount of material by succinctly pulling out the most important factors necessary for both the childbearing woman and her practitioner to know. The multitude of photographs and illustrations are most helpful. The largest shortcoming noted is the editors' persistent reference to the conditions of practice in the U.K., limiting the book's general appeal to a broader audience. This is a high quality, much needed book in the field, as I know of no other referenced text in which so many complementary modalities for use in the childbearingcycle are addressed. This second edition is justified because of the rapidly growing knowledge base in alternative therapies as more creditable research is performed and the increased interest and patient usage of these therapies are recognized by healthcare providers.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780443064272
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 11/16/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,219,719
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Incorporation of aromatherapy into professional pregnancy and childbirth care · THE SCIENCE OF AROMATHERAPY IN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE · Extraction, quality and storage of essential oils · Properties and constituents of essential oils · Effects of essential oils on the body · Safety of essential oils in pregnancy and childbirth · THE ART OF AROMATHERAPY IN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE · Administration of essential oils · Using essential oils in professional practice · Appendix 1: Essential oils suitable for pregnancy and childbirth · Appendix 2: Glossary of terms and properties of essential oils · A;;endix 3: Useful addresses

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