Essential Delivery

By Dr. Gregory Woodfill, DO, FACCOOG


The in-hospital model is usually the safest model for delivery of a child. However, the sterile environment can often be unappealing to expectant mothers, leading more women to attempt in-home deliveries. In-home delivery is an acceptable alternative for mothers who are low risk; however, this option may be harmful for both the baby and the mother in emergency situations. It should be the goal of the obstetric community to make the safety and the atmosphere of the hospital setting more desirable for expectant mothers. Changing the atmosphere in the hospital setting can reduce medical intervention, and provide a more desirable birthing experience.

When it comes to giving birth, there is no “one size fits all.” Every expectant mother has individual needs making her birthing process a personal and unique experience. Just remember that you are not limited, and you do have an option to make your hospital birthing experience safe, calming, and comfortable.

Diffusing Essential Oils during Labor —Patient Favorites

  • doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy Blends
  • doTERRA Balance®
  • doTERRA Serenity®
  • 5 drops doTERRA Serenity with 2 drops Peppermint
  • Citrus Bliss®

Essential Oils for Perineal Support

Combine 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 10 drops each of Frankincense, Helichrysum, and Lavender.

Low Back Massage Oils

  • Deep Blue® Rub
  • Combine 6 drops Lavender, 6 drops Marjoram, 3 drops Black Pepper, 3 drops Ginger. If desired, add 6 drops Patchouli.

About Dr. Woodfill

Dr. Gregory L. Woodfill is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. He has previously served as Department Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wythe County Community Hospital and as Division Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wilmington Health Associates.

He and his wife, Ashley, live in Wilmington, NC, where he practices, emphasizing in minimally invasive office procedures, advanced laparoscopy, and urogynecology. Together, they co-founded East Coast Oils (ECO), where they study the safe and effective use of essential oils, and direct research for the advancement of essential oils in professional healthcare settings and home use. He provides education for many healthcare providers and Wellness Advocates across the US.

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