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From the Expectant Parents' Complementary Therapies Consultancy

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ABOUT : Expectant Parents' Complementary Therapies Consultancy

Expectancy Ltd aims to offer a variety of information, advice & education resources to mothers, midwives, doctors and therapists.

Expectant Parents' Complementary Therapies Consultancy  :   Expectant mothers often ask midwives or doctors about natural remedies and complementary therapies, for relaxation, to relieve discomforts such as “morning sickness” or backache, or to ease labour pain or to treat complications such as breech presentation, but do not always know where to find appropriate information.

Research suggests that many aspects of complementary medicine are safe during pregnancy and childbirth, but some, such as herbal remedies, need to be used with caution or avoided.

Midwives and doctors are also at a loss to know where to find accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information, and need adequate and appropriate education to advise on or treat women safely with natural remedies and alternative therapies. Similarly, complementary practitioners frequently decline to treat pregnant women because they lack the confidence and relevant knowledge to treat them safely.

Expectancy Ltd aims to offer a variety of information, advice and education resources to mothers, midwives, doctors and therapists. Expectancy’s Director, Denise Tiran, a midwife, university lecturer, author and practitioner of several therapies, is an internationally-renowned authority in maternity-related complementary medicine and believes that complementary therapies should be incorporated into normal maternity care.


ABOUT : Denise Tiran, MSc, RM, RN, ADM, PGCEA

Midwife, University Lecturer, Author and Complementary Practitioner

Denise Tiran MSc RM RN ADM PGCEA


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Denise Tiran is an acknowledged international expert in maternity-related complementary medicine. She has written numerous professional textbooks, chapters and journal papers, and a book for expectant mothers. She is a member of the editorial committee of the Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice journal, an advisor to Pregnancy and Birth magazine, has previously written a health column in the Daily Express and has featured on several TV and radio programmes.

Denise uses several therapies, including reflex zone therapy, acupressure, moxibustion, herbal, homeopathic and Bach flower remedies, aromatherapy, sexual counselling and nutrition.

She established a unique complementary therapy antenatal clinic at Queen Mary’s Sidcup NHS Trust in Kent, between 1994-2004, which was “Highly Commended” in the 2001 Prince of Wales’ Awards for Healthcare in London, and which gained an international reputation as an example of complementary medicine integrated within conventional maternity care.

Denise specialises in the treatment of “morning sickness”.

Denise is a frequent conference speaker, in the UK and overseas. She is Chair of the Complementary Maternity Forum and a midwifery representative for the Prince of Wales’ Foundation for Integrated Health. She regularly advises the Royal Colleges of Midwives and Nursing on complementary medicine in maternity care, and has been consulted by the midwifery Local Supervising Authority officers for England on the development of supervisory guidelines. She was the midwifery representative of a Royal College of Nursing / Foundation for Integrated Medicine working party on complementary medicine education in midwifery and nursing, exploring specifically issues related to Fitness to Practice.

Prior to establishing Expectancy, Denise was Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Complementary Therapies at the University of Greenwich, London, UK, where she developed one of the first practice-based degree programmes on complementary medicine. She has undertaken research, funded by the Dept of Health, to investigate continuing professional development amongst complementary practitioners. She continues teaching at the University as an Honorary Lecturer and her current research activities include an exploration of complementary therapies for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, and a study to investigate the potential of reflexology to predict stages of the menstrual cycle.


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