Massage in Labour
Labour is a challenging time for the woman and also for those loved ones who are assisting. We know because we are both trained as midwives.
We can teach you how to support and massage more effectively at each stage of labour.
Feel more assured and confident. We teach you how you can help and how to massage and support effectively through each stage of labour.
During labor pain impulses are transmitted along the lower thoracic spine. Referred pain radiates from the uterus and cervix and is often felt in the abdomen, lower back, sacrum, hips and down the thighs. Pain is present only during a contraction, but some women may feel pressure and discomfort between contractions. Pain is felt more strongly in the back and pelvis when the baby is large, is presenting face upwards or there is a narrow pelvis.
The Benefits of Labour Massage
- Reassures calms and reduces stress and anxiety through touch
- Can be effective in assisting the progress of labour
- Distracts the mind, aiding deeper relaxation which can reduce interventions and shorten labour (Simkin and O'Hara 2002)
- Stimulates the release of endorphins, our natural pain-killing and mood-lifting substances
- Supports you to establish a breathing rhythm that helps with relaxation and pain management.
- Reduces the intensity of that pain felt at all stages
- Helps you to conserve energy and maintain focus
- Softens muscle increasing flexibility and an opening of the body.
- Relaxes the face and jaw assisting the opening the pelvic area.
- Can reduce the onset of postnatal depression
Book a private massage session with your birthing partner and not only enjoy a massage but learn and practice together.
Massage after you have your baby can be a real sanity saver. The challenges are many; from physical recovery, riding the wave as your hormones rebalance, sleep deprivation and the challenges of parenting a new baby in the house. Research indicates there is a lower severity and incidence of postnatal blues and more seriously depression, when parents receive adequate support and massage.
Perinatal massage can begin as soon as you are ready.
And don’t forget the Dads and partners.
The effects of disrupted sleep and the continuing emotional and practical changes associated with a new baby affect them as well.
Now is the time to consider learning how to effectively massage your baby (hyperlink to shop) if you did not get to it beforehand. Ask about group and private classes or just buy the book and charts.
Everyone will enjoy the chill out of a beautiful massage