Essential Oils in Pregnancy
With Instructor: Sherilyn Siegmund-Roach
Live Online: July 19th, 21st and 23rd from 6:00-8:00 pm EST
About the Course
Pregnancy is a vulnerable time for both the pregnant parent and developing baby. Information regarding the use of botanicals to address common pregnancy concerns ranges from using essential oils all the time to recommendations to avoid all botanical extracts because the exact safety of the botanicals has not yet been established. Reality sits in between those two extremes, with both anecdotal and traditional evidence as well as clinical evidence to support essential oil use. People can have confidence that appropriate essential oil use during pregnancy is both safe and effective.
This course is for health care professionals, pregnancy support professionals, or lay people with an interest in the safe use of essential oils during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. The course covers essential oils that need to be avoided, as well as which essential oils have positive safety records. There will be a focus on clinical evidence for essential oil efficacy during pregnancy as well as suggestions for other appropriate essential oils to use for specific pregnancy concerns. By the end of the course, students will feel confident in their ability to address common pregnancy challenges using safe and appropriate essential oils during all stages of pregnancy, from the first trimester through the postpartum period.
Essential Oils in Pregnancy
Aromatherapy Techniques with Sherilyn Siegmund-Roach
- Environmental vs. Medicinal Exposures
- General concerns with botanical use during pregnancy
- Specific concerns with essential oil use during pregnancy
- Essential oils to avoid during pregnancy
- General guidelines for using essential oils in pregnancy
- Specific essential oil recommendations for specific pregnancy challenges
- Safe use of essential oils during pregnancy
- Herbal preparations to use instead of or in conjunction with essential oils to address pregnancy challenges
- Considerations for using essential oils with newborns
- Applying critical thinking skills to using essential oils during pregnancy
Who should attend this course?
This course is designed for doulas, midwives, monitrices, labor/delivery nurses, obstetricians, and other health care professionals with an interest in pregnancy care, as well as lay people who are, will be, or know someone who will be pregnant and wants to understand how to use essential oils safety during this special period in a parent’s life.
Meet Your Instuctor: Sherilyn Siegmund-Roach
Sherilyn Siegmund-Roach fell in love with essential oils when she spent a week in the hospital after a serious horseback riding accident. The nurse introduced her to aromatherapy when her pain levels were too high despite receiving intravenous pain medications.
She went on to study aromatherapy to become a certified clinical aromatherapist.
Her continuing herbal and aromatherapy studies focus on aromatherapy for pregnancy, children, hospice and palliative care, and animal aromatherapy. She consults, writes, and teaches for both online herbal and aromatherapy schools. Her passion for botanical remedies in all forms supports her on-going efforts to integrate herbal and aromatherapy wisdom to support her family’s and clients’ wellness.
Prior to becoming an aromatherapist, Sherilyn taught math and science in public schools in both rural and urban Alaska for 24 years. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband, dog, and cat. She is actively involved with her children and grandchildren, who all live in different states.