Michelle Weston is a Midwife and Registered Nurse, who passionately believes in Complementary Therapies to support optimal health. She specializes in Complementary Therapies before, during and after pregnancy.
Her passion started in 1997 while working alongside a colleague who survived cancer – using Complementary Therapies and diet, declining then current conventional medical treatment and chemotherapy. A journey and fervent interest into alternative treatments began – often frustratingly observing how conventional western medicine often becomes a “one size fits all” practice, treating symptoms rather than the person as a whole and an individual, and inherently failing to provide relief and even a diagnosis of the 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. Michelle has experienced firsthand the agony and frustration of musculoskeletal problems resulting in constant pain for years and had initially trusted conventional medicine, had numerous tests, screening, pain-killers, and doctors appointments – but it never resluted in a diagnosis or cure or any relief; she serendipitously tried Acupuncture on both occasions – with amazing results!
These personal experiences has inspired Michelle into study and research over the past 15 years, and now enable her to offer CAM – Complementary and Alternative Therapies -to her clients, and be continuously amazed at the positive results.
Michelle was instrumental in 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 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. Michelle supports the teaching of midwives who wish to add CAM to their skillset enrolled with courses with Expectancy Ltd – the internationally-renowned authority on maternity complementary medicine.
Michelle lives in Teddington, 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 British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS)
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
“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)