Essential Oils for the Birth Kit E-Course by Stephanie McBride (General Audience)

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Learn how to confidently use essential oils in your prenatal health practice.

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Learn how to confidently use essential oils in your prenatal health practice. Comprehensive, evidence-based, and unbiased, Essential Oils for the Birth Kit is a 5-hour e-course on using essential oil therapy for pregnancy, delivery, and newborn care. Participants learn the safe and effective clinical use of essential oils: various applications, individual properties, dosages, and contraindications. Course content is substantiated by current, peer-reviewed research.

Essential Oils for the Birth Kit helps you achieve these outcomes:

  • Gain confidence in using essential oil therapy safely and effectively during every phase of maternal and newborn care.
  • Add a new natural health modality to your family care, professional health practice, or educational offerings.
  • Learn how to stock your birth kit with home-made essential oil blends that quickly address pregnancy-related concerns.


This e-course is beautifully presented as a series of 8 keynote modules. Each module is enriched by photographs, research citations, charts, and formulations. You will enjoy quality recordings and content while receiving relevant information that is easy to understand and apply in real-life situations. The course is self-paced, available on demand, and intuitive to navigate. It includes masters for printed hand-outs that are visually appealing and designed for easy reference.


  • A welcome sequence and 8 keynote modules (averaging 30 minutes each).
  • Printable set of 3 comprehensive hand-outs and a complete bibliography.
  • Materia Aromatica covering 17 essential oils for use in maternal and infant care.
  • Sequence of 5 quizzes to test your knowledge of each module.

Note: Online access is live for 12 months following enrollment.

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Stephanie McBride, formerly Stephanie Pearson, is distinguished in her field for integrating traditional practices in nutrition and herbalism with principles of evidence-based research and constitutional medicine. She is a functional nutritionist, a Certified Clinical Master Herbalist, and a Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist (in process). Stephanie is also a professional educator and presenter at universities and at wellness conferences and webinars. Her 25 years of botanical medicine study expand outside the classroom and cross-culturally, enriched by field studies in Native American, Western Eclectic, and Latin American herbalism.


Module 1: Fundamentals
In-depth introduction to essential oil therapy: overview of historical oil uses, schools of thought in modern aromatherapy, attributes and clinical effects of oils on physiology, and criteria for determining quality of oils.

Module 2: Applications and Dosing
Clinical explanation and examples of the 3 main essential oil applications: aromatic, topical, and internal. Includes detailed information on dosing, modes of application, and safe and effective use of carrier oils.

Module 3: Safety in Maternity
Guidelines for the safe application of essential oils during each phase of pregnancy. Areas of focus: general safety, specific and non-specific toxicity, therapeutic actions, herb-drug interactions, and contraindications for clinical use (pregnancy, labor, and postpartum).

Module 4: Use in Pregnancy
Most common indications for essential oil use during pregnancy: nausea, vomiting, poor digestion, stress, fatigue, insomnia, muscular aches and pains, hemorrhoids, varicosities, swelling, and childbirth preparation.

Module 5: Use in Labor
Indications for key uses of essential oils during labor: cleansing the birth space, influencing frequency and intensity of contractions, supporting transition phase, facilitating pushing phase, and aiding delivery. Addresses helping with maternal anxiety, pain, exhaustion, and retained placenta. Also provides information on care-giver care.

Module 6: Use in Postpartum
Most common indications for essential oils in postpartum recovery: after pains, heavy lochia discharge or bleeding, wound care, perineum care, hormonal balance, breast infections, milk regulation, and "baby blues."

Module 7: Use in Infant Care
Safety guidelines for supporting infant health with essential oils. Protocols, applications, and dosages for common concerns and conditions: colic, digestion, teething, allergies, poor sleep, diaper rash, cold symptoms, respiration, and skin care.

Module 8: Materia Aromatica
From an herbalist's perspective, summaries of the 17 best essential oils for maternal and infant care . Each oil described by native location, aromatic parts, important medicinal attributes, and known contraindications. Introduces "doctrine of signatures," an ancient system of knowledge used by herbalists to better understand the unique attributes of individual plants.

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