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Aromatherapy in Pregnancy and Labour Ziets Roets Reg. General Nurse Reg. Midwife Reg. Therapeutic Aromatherapist Reg. Therapeutic Reflexologist B. Tech Somatology (Tech. Natal) CIDESCO Specialist Nurse: Advanced Wound Management The concept of this presentation is thanks to

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aromatherapy in pregnancy and labour

Aromatherapy in Pregnancy and Labour

Ziets Roets

Reg. General Nurse

Reg. Midwife

Reg. Therapeutic Aromatherapist

Reg. Therapeutic Reflexologist

B. Tech Somatology (Tech. Natal)

CIDESCO

Specialist Nurse: Advanced Wound Management

The concept of this presentation is thanks to

Helen LoudonSHEQ & Infection ControlLife Westville Hospital, Durban

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Aromatherapy in Pregnancy and Labour

Professional registration means

  • Referral to other health professionals
  • Referral from registered disciplines
  • Reporting to medical aid schemes
  • To insurance companies
  • Liable for acts and omissions

Accurate and diligent record-keeping is of the essence

the doula
The Doula

Centuries old concept known in all communities

Caregiver who understands biological and medical processes involved in labour and obstetrics. A layperson who functions as part of the “birthing team”

Greek for woman who helps women

requirements for the therapeutic aromatherapist to work as a doula
Requirements for the Therapeutic Aromatherapist to work as a Doula
  • Not necessary to be a midwife
  • Assist with 5 – 6 deliveries under the supervision of a midwife or another doula
  • Knowledge of massage techniques and contra-indications to massage in pregnancy and labour
  • Knowledge of carrier oils and essential oils suitable in pregnancy and labour
  • Have ethical supplier of quality essential oils
  • Empathy
  • Decision-maker
  • Adaptable
  • Available
  • Good interpersonal relationship skills
  • Professional
  • Accurate record keeping
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For your practice decide on

  • Vision
  • Your contribution to aromatherapy in the therapeutic realm
  • Values
    • Passion for People
    • Ethical behaviour
    • Performance Pride
    • Personal Care
    • Efficiency
    • Confidentiality
  • Purpose
  • Making life better
why take a history isn t having a diagnosis enough
Why take a history?Isn’t having a diagnosis enough?

up the creek without a paddle…

If a diagnosis equates with the kayak –

then why the paddle…?

  • steering
  • direction
  • keeps you moving
  • keeps you afloat!
contemporary healthcare
Contemporary healthcare

Therapeutic Aromatherapy : an Art and an Applied Science..

  • Holistic in approach – family, lifestyle, emotions and environmental influences..
  • Recognizes multitude of factors contributing to maintanance of health and prevention of disease and illness..
  • Understands the mechanism of essential oils and the various applications
  • A process…
making a list means
Making a list means…
  • being organized!
  • being prepared for therapy needs
  • being prepared for the client’s needs
  • being able to cater for the individual
  • being able to assess RISKS!
  • prioritizing immediate, short & long term goals/client outcomes
the essential skills involved
The essential skills involved
  • Cognitive & critical thinking WHY?
  • Technical expertise WHY?
  • Interpersonal & “soft” skills WHY?
  • Senses WHY?
principles of history taking documentation
Principles of history taking &documentation
  • What relevant info do I need?
  • What does this info tell me?
  • What do I need to do about this info?
  • Who must be involved?
  • Who should be informed?
  • Must meet professional & legal requirements!
primary objectives of history taking include
Primary objectives of history taking include
  • Identify the gaps where client will require guidance
  • Implement measures to manage special risksidentified eg: diabetes, varicose veins, infection etc.
  • Infection control planning & management ie: patient, environment & HCW’s
  • Discharge planning for referrals or continuity of care
photographic consent
Photographic Consent

I, ____________________ hereby consent to the taking of photographs of parts of my body

By ________________ in connection with the following

treatment______________________

For assessment, progress, medical aid and/or teaching purposes. It is also understood that confidentiality concerning my identity will be upheld at all times and that these photographic records may not be released to any third party [excluding the aforementioned] without my consent.

Signature:______________Witness:_________

Date:______________ Place:__________

to summarize good records
To summarize… good records
  • Facilitate clinical decision making
  • Provide a baseline & ongoing trends
  • Accelerate progress!
  • Provide key interdisciplinary communication
  • Promote credibility & professionalism
  • Are the ONLY evidence of therapist activity & competency
  • Provide the foundation for 2nd opinions & referrals
  • Defend & protect in cases of medico legal recourse
  • Are governed by legislation- Allied Health Professions Act, 1982 [Act 63 of 1982]