A Positive Touch - Massage for Maternity Courses

Promoting ‘Calm, Comfort & Connection’ for midwives, women and partners with massage for pregnancy, birth and new parenthood

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2 Day Course

Exploring massage knowledge and skills that support partners providing massage for pregnancy relaxation, to provide comfort in labour and to support experiences of infant feeding postnatally.

Cossham Hospital, Bristol
16th & 17th March 2019
21st& 22nd September 2019

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1 Day Courses Also Available

  • Massage for Midwives; hands on skills to provide breaktime massage
  • Supporting partners providing massage in labour

Are you interested in hosting this at your University/ Trust? Please contact us to discuss availability and dates.

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Explore the history and traditional use of massage in various cultures.

Discover how massage and positive touch has been used within midwifery around the world and as part of midwifery practice in the UK.

Discuss the current evidence base and guidelines for massage within maternity services.

Understand current codes of conduct, NICE guidelines and legislative factors.

Revise relevant anatomy and physiology regarding massage for the neck and shoulders, abdomen lower back, hands, arms and feet.

Explore the known benefits of massage and positive touch, specifically regarding physical and emotional experiences of pregnancy and birth and in reflection of the Birth & Wellbeing’s philosophy of ‘Calm, Comfort & Connection’.

To explore and explain the nature and experiences of antenatal anxiety, and how massage can alleviate symptoms

Discuss the benefits of massage for the pregnant woman, her partner and the unborn baby.

Define contraindications and cautions to massage in the perinatal period, developing knowledge on when massage is not suitable and when techniques can be safely adapted.

An introduction to the practicalities of massage.

Observe core massage techniques for birth positions, understand how to apply pressure without tiredness and get honest feedback from the massage receiver.

Consider how to support those giving massage; understanding efficient, supportive and safe body mechanics, dos and don’ts, creating a place for massage.

Practice massage techniques on each other, exploring subjective experiences of touch. through clothes and on skin using oil. Discuss the benefits of each mode.

Consider how partners can use these techniques in various ways at home and in their chosen place of birth; for late pregnancy and all stages of labour and birth.

Keeping a ‘Continuity of Calm’; massage and positive touch that supports times of change

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