Women's use of aromatherapy during pregnancy
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Women are starting to demand more choice and individualised care during pregnancy and labour (Mousley 2005). A survey was conducted on members of two online UK pregnancy support sites. The study investigated the frequency of aromatherapy use during pregnancy, as well as the experiences of those have used it. Research Question: How many women, who use internet support sites, have used aromatherapy during pregnancy and what are the reasons for its use and non-use? Method: An explorative self-completion questionnaire was conducted via an electronic link, posted onto the websites forums, whereby members from the sites could access the survey. Results: Fifty-nine questionnaires were of usable quality giving a response rate of 92%. Fifty four percent had not used aromatherapy during a pregnancy, whilst 46% had. All users would use it in future pregnancies and the majority would recommend its use. Conclusion: The results suggest that women who had used aromatherapy during a pregnancy found it beneficial. Non-users inferred that they would use aromatherapy if it had been offered to them. The findings suggest that interest in aromatherapy use during pregnancy is increasing.
BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapies
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