Michelle Weston is a Midwife and Registered Nurse. She specializes in Complementary Therapies before, during and after pregnancy; and is passionate about the benefits of Acupuncture for anybody to support healing and optimal health.
Her fervent interest in Complementary therapies started in 1997 while working alongside a colleague, a cancer survivor who had chosen complementary therapies and diet over conventional medical treatment. As a nurse and midwife, and through personal experience, Michelle has frustratingly observed the often “one size fits all” practice in conventional western medicine, treating symptoms rather than the individual person as a whole, and the inherently failure of a diagnosis and relief of symptoms. The influence of our diet on our health, and how simple changes can heal our bodies and mind has become a passionate fascination.
Michelle experienced the benefits of Aromatherapy and Reiki herself while living in South Africa, and discovered the benefits of Reflexology in medicine while working as an Infertility Nurse in London in 2000 and 2001, where it was offered to women to enhance their chances for successful pregnancy. Working as a midwife in the UK since 2002 she met Midwives and Doula’s who used Reflexology and Acupuncture alongside their orthodox practice, and women who chose to use Aromatherapy and Homeopathic medicine during their pregnancy and labour. She was inspired and guided by an Obstetrician and a Midwifery lecturer, both Acupuncturists themselves, to further study, which now enables her to offer different complementary therapies to women during and after pregnancy and birth.
Michelle has herself suffered the agony and frustration of musculoskeletal problems living in constant pain for years; and with it the experience of western conventional medicine without the result of a diagnosis and/or treatment for any relief . She serendipitously tried Acupuncture on both occasions – with amazing results!
These experiences in her professional practice and personal life have been the inspiration and drive to continuous further study over the past 18 years, enabling her to provide various Complementary Therapies – and be continuously amazed at the positive results.
Michelle was instrumental in implementing a Complementary Therapy service in Maternity at West Middlesex Hospital in London, which offered women treatments to stimulate spontaneous labour to avoid medical induction, and Moxibustion for women with a baby in the Breech position. The clinic was very successful for 10 years with an average success rate of 70%, and attracted professional observers from other maternity units from across the UK and Ireland. She received an award from the hospital in recognition for the achievement of the successful implementation of Complementary Therapies into Maternity services, and commendation from the Maternity Services Liaison Committee for her commitment, dedication and professionalism implementing and continuing to offer Complementary Therapies in Maternity.
Michelle supported the training of midwives at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London in 2016 to implement a Complementary Therapy service in the Maternity Unit; and has provided support, audit results and evidence to other units in the UK and Ireland. She has been a speaker for student midwives at the University of West London; and is a Licensed Consultant and an Associate Tutor with Expectancy Ltd – the internationally-renowned authority on Maternity Complementary Medicine.
She previously was an antenatal educator with Noobies.co.uk; providing antenatal and postnatal education classes to couples. Michelle continues to offer private one-to-one antenatal education classes to couples and postnatal breastfeeding support.
Michelle is a REWIND practitioner – evidence based effective treatments for PTSD and Birth trauma.
Michelle lives in Hampton, London, UK.
Qualifications and CPD:
1993: Nursing Sister (General, Community and Psychiatric Nursing) and Midwife: Cape Town, South Africa – Nursing College at Tygerberg Hospital, Medical Faculty, Stellenbosch University.
2000: Registered as General Nurse in UK – Nursing and Midwifery Council UK (NMC)
2001: Adaptation to Midwifery in UK – King’s College London
2002: Registered as Midwife in UK – Nursing and Midwifery Council UK (NMC)
2003: Aromatherapy Introductory course for Midwives – 4 week in-house course at St Thomas’s Hospital, London. Michelle used aromatherapy treatments for women in labour – Home from Home Birth Centre, St Thomas’ Hospital – where she worked for several years.
2009: Implementing Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice and Introduction of Reflexology techniques for pregnancy and childbirth – Expectancy Ltd
2014: Intrapartum Acupuncture – Acupuncture for pain relief in labour, University College London, endorsed by British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS)
2015: Acupuncture Foundation Course – British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS)
2016: Advanced Reflex Zone Therapy in Midwifery Practice – Expectancy Ltd
2017: Midwifery Complementary Therapies, Midwifery Acupuncture, Clinical Hypnotherapy – Expectancy Ltd.
2018: Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth – infertility, common problems during pregnancy, latest research evidence to support practice – British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS)
2018: Back and neck pain: British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS)
2019: Advanced Clinical Hypnosis Course: Expectancy Ltd
2019: REWIND Course – treatment for traumatic experiences and PTSD: The International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy – http://iartt.com/
2020: Electro-Acupuncture: BMAS – http://www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk/
2020: Acupuncture for Arthritis: BMAS – http://www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk/
“Moxibustion to turn the breech” – The Practising Midwife, September 2012.
” Complementary Therapy for induction of labour” – The Practising Midwife, September 2013.
Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Federation of Antenatal Educators (FEDANT)