Michelle Weston is a Midwife and Nurse and is passionate and believes in Complementary Therapies to support optimal health. She specializes in pregnancy Complementary Therapies – treatments during pregnancy, for labour and birth, and the postnatal period.
Her passion started in 1997 while working alongside a colleague who survived cancer – using Complementary Therapies and diet instead of conventional medical treatment and chemotherapy. A journey and fervent interest into alternative treatments began – often observing how conventional western medicine is a “one size fits all” practice, treating symptoms rather than the person as a whole, and failing to provide relief to ailments. The influence of our diet on our health and how it 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 while working as a Nurse in an Infertility unit in London in 2000, 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. Following a personal health problem causing constant pain for almost 2 years, numerous tests, conventional medicine, and still no diagnosis or relief; she serendipitously tried Acupuncture – with amazing results – after only 2 treatments!
All these experiences has inspired Michelle into study and research over the past 15 years and enable her to offer these wonderful Therapies to her clients and be continuously amazed at the positive results.
Michelle was instrumental implementing Complementary Therapy services in Maternity at West Middlesex Hospital in London, which offers women treatments to stimulate natural labour and avoid medical induction, and Moxibustion for women with a baby in the Breech position. The clinic has been very successful and often attracts professional observers from other maternity units from across the UK. 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 continues to support midwives to implement a Complementary Therapy service at other NHS hospitals in the UK and Ireland, and trained several midwives at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London in 2016 to implement a Complementary Therapy service in Maternity. She has been a speaker for student midwives at the University of West London, and midwives enrolling on courses with Expectancy – the internationally-renowned authority on maternity complementary medicine.
Michelle lives in Teddington, London, UK.
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
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
2017: Midwifery Complementary Therapies, Midwifery Acupuncture, Clinical Hypnotherapy – Expectancy
2018: Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth – infertility, common problems during pregnancy, latest research evidence to support practice – British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS)
“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)