Maternity Support

Pregnancy is a very exciting and ever changing time in a woman’s life, as well as the life of her partner. But with that excitement come many inconveniences, and in some cases, health concerns. And unfortunately, sometimes pregnancy ends in a loss which is devastating to both mother and partner and can have emotional and physical ramifications for mother that need to be addressed.

The pregnant woman can be supported and nurtured SAFELY through all 4 trimesters by a properly educated Maternity Reflexology Therapist.

Studies have shown that Reflexology in pregnancy :
– Significantly reduced pain during labour (1, 2)
– Reduced the length of first stage labour (1, 2)
– Improved quality of sleep in post-natal women (3)
– Reduces the physical or psychological stressors in pregnancy which reduces complications such as pre-eclampsia, intra-uterine growth retardation, gestational diabetes, or pre-term labour (4)

Maternity Reflexology targets specific issues that can arise in Pregnancy with specialised protocols that are proven to help. Maternity Reflexology protocols include but are not limited to:

Miscarriage
Termination of Pregnancy

First Trimester:
Morning Sickness or Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Food Cravings
Fatigue
Breast Tenderness
Heartburn
Constipation/Diarrhea/Irritable Bowel
Headaches
Anaemia
Dizziness
Anxiety/Mood Swings/Depression
Sinus Problems
Bleeding Gums
Second and Third Trimester:
Backache
Rib Pain
Symphysis Pubis Pain
Breathlessness
Oedema
Heartburn
Hypotension/Hypertension
Sciatica
Gestational Diabetes
Hemorrhoids
Varicose Veins
Leg Cramps
Frequent Urination
Insomnia
Breech Baby
37+ Weeks:
Labour Priming
Pain and Stress Management in Birth
Retained Placenta
Postnatal:
After Vaginal Delivery
After Induction of Labour
After Forceps Delivery or Vacuum Extraction
After Multiple Births
After Precipitate Delivery
After Prolonged Labour
After Lower Segment Cesarean Section
Baby Blues
Post Partum Depression
Breast Engorgement
Lactation, Under Supply, Slow Let Down Reflex and Failure to Lactate
Lactation, Over Supply and Rapid Let Down Reflex
Suppression of Lactation
Mastitis
Nipple Tenderness/Trauma
Aching Joints and Muscles
Diastasis Recti Abdominis
Involution
Involution of the Uterus
After Pains
Subinvolution of the Uterus
Lochia
Offensive Lochia
Perineal Pain
Alimentary System
Normal Bowel Movements
Stress Incontinence
After General Anesthetic
After Epidural
Tension Headaches
PTSD, Unexpected Outcome or Emotionally Traumatic Delivery
Postnatal Care for Baby
Colic
Positing
Gastro_Esophagael Reflux
Vomitting
Constipation
Unsettled/Crying and with Pain causing Headaches
Crying, Emotional Distress, Angry Babies
Irritable & Highly Strung Babies
Poor Feeder, Sleepy Baby

References:
(1) VALIANI M ET ALL (2010) Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour and primiparous women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research. 15(Dec) p302-310

(2) Dolation M ET AL (2011) The effects of Reflexology on Pain Intensity and Duration of Labour on Primiparas. Iran Red Crescent Medical Journal. 13(7) p478-479
(3) LI C-Y ET ALL (2011) Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst post partum women, Midwifery. 27. p181-186
(4) TIRAN D, CHUMMUN H (2004) Complementary therapies to reduce physiological stress in Pregnancy. Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery, 10. P162-167 Available online at www,sciencedirect.com