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Labor Support & Preparation

stand2It’s never too late in pregnancy to come in for a massage.

Moms-to-be stop in the day they give birth, or even in early labor for some deeper relaxation and, sometimes, some strategic bodywork.

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Baby’s position in the uterus is not random and they get into the position they can based on what space is available. Soft tissue restrictions in mom’s body can prevent the baby from entering an ideal engagement in the pelvis. Tight muscles and misalignments in mom’s body place physical restrictions that limit baby’s movement. Sometimes this results in a breach baby, but many more times it results in a head down baby that is posterior or who’s head is not engaged. This can change the dynamics in the uterus and lead to stop n start labor or even prevent labor from fully starting.

We work with our moms throughout their pregnancy to keep their pelvis balanced, identify major soft tissue restrictions and incorporate pelvic balancing techniques at home. We have many women come in right at the end of pregnancy — even in early labor and particularly if their medical team has scheduled an induction. Our therapists have trained with Spinning Babies. Email Nicole with questions. Many of these techniques are from Spinning Babies and you can check out for free!

Partner Massage Instruction

Additionally, moms-to-be will often bring their partner in for a special “partner massage session.” We spend this time together learning massage and relaxation techniques to help support the woman throughout the last few months of pregnancy, as well as actual labor. These techniques often let a partner play a much stronger supportive role in helping alleviate some of the laboring woman’s discomfort. This support is critical for women, as research indicates that the more supported a woman feels throughout her labor, the more positive the labor outcomes will be (less obstetric interventions, shorter labors, infants more alert immediately following delivery, and better adjusted families postpartum).

We’ll spend much of this session with the pregnant mom-to-be on the table and the therapist and partner delivering as much of a full body massage as possible. Depending on the birthing plans, we will also spend some time off the table in various positions learning some touch and massage techniques to use during labor. Our hope is that the partner leaves this session with a lot more techniques and the confidence to “make it up” as labor unfolds.