Case study 4 : Induction of Labour – Motherlylove Due Date Pregnancy & Labour Massage Oil

Complementary Therapy – bring on Labour – normal birth

As a midwife, aromatherapist and trained in pregnancy reflex zone therapy, Cherry* was referred to me by her community midwife. She was 40 weeks +4 days and was booked in for a medical Induction of Labour in 6 days time. All her scans, blood tests had been in normal limits. She had no problems during her pregnancy and she had no previous medical or surgical problems.

Not in Labour

She wished to prevent medical intervention to induce her labour and wanted to try complementary therapy treatments to bring on labour. After a discussion of the benefits of receiving the treatment, possible side effects and the treatments, a written consent was obtained. I palpated the uterus and the baby was in the correct position and I listened to the babies heart beat. The community midwife had performed a membrane sweep the day before. Cherry was not in labour and there were no signs of early stages of labour

Caring for mum to be and her baby

I used a blend of Lavender, Roman Chamomile, and Mandarin essential oils in apricot, kukui and baobab. all natural vegetable oils. Cherry was made comfortable by positioning pillows, so she could lay on her left hand side. Cherry loved the fragrance of the aromatherapy oils and agreed to a gentle back massage, plus stimulation of the sacro-iliac joints acupressure points. She sat up for her pregnancy reflexology treatment and I performed stimulating pressure on certain points of her feet. I also used 3 pressure points (Gall bladder 21, Colon 4 and Spleen 6 ) and showed Cherry how to use these points. Cherry was feeling relaxed and very happy with her treatment. I was to see her again in a few days times.

Complementary Therapy to a happy birth 

I received a message from the community midwife to cancel Cherry’s next appointment as she had gone into labour. When I visited delivery suite that afternoon, Cherry and her husband were delighted to introduce me to their baby girl. Cherry had a normal birth using entonox and pethidine, as pain relief. She was well and her baby was healthy with a “good set of lungs”

She was very pleased with her care and couldn’t believe that her complementary therapy treatments to bring on labour, worked so well for her. Cherry with her baby were happy to be discharged from her community midwifery care on the 10th day.

*Name changed to protect confidentiality

Please inform the midwife or doctor, when you are using complementary therapies.

The science 

All these essential oils were blended harmoniously with Apricot, Baobab, Kukui vegetable oils for being appropriate in pregnancy and labour. Their effectiveness and quality were specifically blended for Induction of Labour (IOL).

Lavender and Roman Chamomile See an investigation into the use of aromatherapy in intrapartum midwifery practice, see Burns, E., Blamey, C., Ersser, E., Barnetson, L., Lloyd, A., (2000). The Journal of Complementary Medicine. Volume 6, pp141-147.

Lavender essential oil 

Mandarin essential oil is very useful when your energy is low and the fragrance lifts the mood for the body and mind for a positive attitude. 

Pregnancy and labour massage by Tiffany Field

Please inform the midwife or doctor, when you are using complementary therapies.

Jan Bastard BSc. (Hons) complementary therapy/aromatherapy, RN, RM, Anaesthetic Diploma, IAIM.