Monthly Archives: March 2018


Your Prenatal Massage Questions Answered

Many of us LOVE massage right? I do! When you are growing a baby there are so many changes your body makes to ensure that happens perfectly. Sometimes these changes can cause some discomfort for Mom. If you have had questions about getting any form of bodywork while pregnant this will be helpful. 

How often should I receive massage when I am pregnant?

Each pregnancy and each body is different, so I can not answer this for everyone. I like to recommend once a month for the first and second trimester and then, more often during the 3rd trimester.  Many Moms opt for one per week for the last 4-6 weeks. Listen to your body, it is very much up to what you feel you need most.

What About Due Date Massage? 

Massage when approaching your estimated due date is wonderful for you and for baby. I like to call this a Labor Encouraging Massage. There are many great benefits of massage at this time especially. General stress relief, relaxing tight and tense muscles, as well as working on those points that could encourage the body to be ready for your baby to come. Many women like to schedule something on their due date to have something to look forward to, other than a baby of course. Massage is a lovely way to prepare your body for the experience of your baby’s birth day. Always consult your provider if you have special circumstances.

Can I Get a Massage During the First Trimester?

You will be glad to know that YES you can. You may have heard it can be unsafe to have specific points massaged during this time. As long as you have a therapist trained to know how to avoid these points or avoid specific oils be used safely there is nothing to worry about. There are points both on the hands and on the feet that may encourage labor to begin. This is often why some avoid pedicures/manicures during this time as well. In the first trimester you are still able to lay in any position on the massage table to receive your treatment and that in itself is very relaxing. As your baby grows, laying on your stomach becomes more uncomfortable.

All of that being said, if you are anxious about receiving a massage during the first trimester, you should wait until you are comfortable with it. We never want you to be stressed on the table. If your pregnancy is considered high risk or you have special conditions that massage may be contraindicated please discuss with your provider before coming in for your session.

What Position Will I Be In During the Massage?

In the first trimester, like we discussed earlier-laying on your back or stomach are both very relaxing on the massage table. After that, it becomes more difficult to lay on your stomach. I like to begin the massage with a pillow under my clients head/neck while they are lying on their back ( as long as they are comfortable this way) – this way we can focus on shoulders, arms, legs and feet. When its time to focus more on the back of the body I invite my prenatal clients to lay on their side (side-line position) and I am able to  work the low-mid back, shoulders and legs again. This is a very comfortable position as well, as I bolster the body with pillows to their comfort level.

Do You Require a Note From My Doctor?

In most cases I do not. I do like for you to mention to your prenatal care provider if you plan to receive massage and they are often very happy with that. If a prenatal client of mine may be on bed rest or have other high risk circumstances we discuss the safest options during the massage before hand. If you ever question whether the massage will be safe please don’t hesitate to ask your care provider.

How soon can I come back after the baby is born?

I like to give massage soon after the baby is born, it often aids in recovery time. This can be difficult though as you want to be with your baby often and baby needs you. In most cases, I like to bring my table out to the new parents home if we are scheduled with the first few weeks. Another option would be to have someone bring your baby along, they can wait nearby if baby needs to be nursed OR I have even had clients have their baby in the room with us during the massage. Mothers who have had a Cesarean-section usually need to wait a few weeks until their provider is comfortable with them having some body work done.

I look forward to seeing you on my schedule soon.

Korie Austin Photography

Do you have any other questions that I can help answer? If so, please let me know. I am here for you!

Birth Stories

Have you been thinking about sharing your birth story in hopes of encouraging others? I always love sharing encouraging birth stories with new Moms. Here is your chance.

Thank you!

What is a Doula?

What is a Doula you ask? Guess what, we don’t catch babies. Wait, what? If you are still unsure of what birth doula services include keep reading…

The word ‘doula’ — pronounced ‘doo-la’ — is a Greek word meaning ‘woman servant, caregiver, or Mothering the Mother’.

It refers to someone who offers education, emotional and physical support to a woman and her partner before, during and after childbirth.

She enables a woman and her partner to have the most satisfying birth experience possible, from pregnancy into motherhood. This type of support allows the whole family to relax and enjoy the experience.

Doulas are trained and/or certified and experienced in childbirth and are usually mothers themselves. For me, I have had two births myself and countless experiences with client’s births.

Newborn Baby/Hospital Birth

This part is very important-

While we have good knowledge and awareness of the birth process, a doula does not support the mother-to-be in a medical role.

That is the job of the midwife or OB.

A doula helps the mother-to-be to achieve the birth she hopes for, no matter if it’s an all natural birth, a medicated birth, or a c-section birth.

This makes a doula a valuable addition to the birth team. Should a birth become complicated and require medical assistance, a doula will remain calm and stay along with her client helping in other ways necessary.

She will not make decisions for those she supports, but she will assist them through the decision making process, providing balanced information so the couple can make their own choices. Often times, these decisions are made before labor begins but other times it’s a game day decision. It’s nice to have someone constant,  knowledgeable, and trustworthy to help the couple (along with their care provider) make the best choice for their family.

A doula may provide some or all of the following services, dependent on her training and skills. Often doulas are also qualified in other therapies too, so it always helps to ask!

  • Childbirth education and preparation, including birth planning
  • Discussing previous births
  • Massage and other comfort measures including relaxation techniques
  • Optimal fetal positioning
  • Suggesting and practicing positions to help ease pain and facilitate a smoother, more effective labor
  • Provide reassurance and encouragement
  • Talking through emotional blockages which may come up during pregnancy and in labor
  • Keep your desired birthing ‘environment’ consistant – aromatherapy, music, candles etc
  • Assisting you with negotiation of your preferences
  • Photography and/or video of the birth itself, as well as the precious golden hour as a family
  • Breastfeeding Information and Support
  • Support while parenting a newborn
  • And so much more!

What About The Mother’s Birth Partner?

Reports are showing: rather than diminishing a partner’s participation in the birthing process, a doula’s support complements and reinforces her partner’s role. We can help your birth partner learn relaxation techniques and comfort measures during pregnancy as well as learning some vocabulary to help understand how things are going in the birthing room before the baby’s birth day. Being prepared can be so very helpful to everyone.

What will my provider think if I hire a doula?

Most OB’s are very open to having a doula as long as we are respectful of their role as an important part of the birth team. My client’s carefully choose their provider and I respect that have chosen who is best for their birth. Midwives are also very open to having a doula present and often have a good relationship with many doulas in the community so we naturally work very well together.

So, ultimately you have learned…Doulas are awesome, we do not catch babies, and we work well with others…well most of us. Choose your birth team wisely. This is a very important day for you, your partner and your baby.