Michelle Weston is a Midwife and Registered Nurse. She specializes in Complementary Therapies before, during and after pregnancy.
Michelle experienced the benefits of Aromatherapy and Reiki in 1997 while living in South Africa, and discovered the benefits of Reflexology alongside western 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 and living in constant pain, and the experience of western conventional medicine that treats everyone the same, no diagnosis, and/or effective 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 alongside western medicine.
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 has been 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)
2002: Adaptation to Midwifery in UK – King’s College London
2003: Registered as Midwife in UK – Nursing and Midwifery Council UK (NMC)
2003: Aromatherapy in labour – course for Midwives – 4 week course at St Thomas’s Hospital, London.
2009: Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice and 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, and Clinical Hypnotherapy in Midwifery – Expectancy Ltd.
2018: Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS)
2018: Acupuncture for Back pain: British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS)
2019: Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy in Midwifery : Expectancy Ltd
2019: REWIND Course – treatment for traumatic experiences and PTSD: The International Association for Rewind Trauma Therapy – http://iartt.com/
“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)