On the 20th March, I flew down to Melbourne for the Partner Training and Massage for Labour course run by Pregnancy Massage Australia. It was held at MAMA Melbourne. Despite flight delays and terrible weather in Melbourne causing havoc for me and all the other commuters, I gained valuable information at this course.
I have had the opportunity to be a support person for my sister during both her labours; once in January 2015, and more recently in November 2016. Both labours were extremely different. With my nephew her back was very sore, so my focus was massaging her through this area with particular attention on the lower back and legs. However, with my niece her back felt good so I just focused on her breathing (using diaphragmatic breathing).
Over the course of the day we covered many different techniques that a partner/support person can use to help their wife/partner labour.
Some of the things I learnt included:
- Positions in which a mother can labour and effective ways to reduce back or pelvic pain
- Diaphragmatic breathing
- Techniques which can be used between contractions
- Some beautiful holds (during contractions creating “contraction distraction” to ease the contraction tides with a focus on inner strength, opening and ripening).
- Techniques which can be used during contractions and
- Labour focused points
In the coming months this service will be offered. Sessions will be tailored to your needs.
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I feel very privileged to have helped my sister in both of her labours. I think everyone who has the chance to support a woman during this amazing experience feels the same.
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