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Pre- and Perinatal Massage

10 Hour CE Course

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

Enrollment Options

Fully Online Materials and Test

Contents: Text and multiple-choice test all online.


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Based on Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy by Carole Osborne-Sheets, this course presents the conceptual preparation you need to confidently locate further training or deepen what you’ve already learned about pre- and perinatal massage. Combining research, scholarship and compassion, the author shares how she individualizes her work with childbearing women in a wide variety of circumstances. The recommendations on how and when to adapt or avoid particular techniques are especially valuable. This course does not teach hands-on skills. Please seek additional experience, with a mentor, to add hands-on skills.

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Content Outline

Benefits of Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy 1 hour
  • Stress reduction and relaxation; circulatory benefits and improved physiological functioning
  • Reduction of musculoskeletal strain and pain; labor preparation and facilitation
  • Encouraging nurturing maternal touch and postpartum recovery
Guidelines and Precautions for Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy 1.5 hours
  • Positioning; depth of pressure/pain level and effective pre- and perinatal somatic therapies
  • Methodological precautions and contraindications
  • Pregnancy complications and high-risk pregnancies
Trimester Recommendations 2.5 hours
  • First trimester
  • Second trimester
  • Third trimester
  • Labor preparation
Labor and Birth Facilitation 2 hours
  • An overview of labor; labor massage therapy concepts and early first stage labor
  • Active first stage labor and transition phase of first stage
  • Second stage of labor; Cesarean birth and self-care for labor assistants
Postpartum Bodywork 2 hours
  • Adjustments and healing; guidelines and precautions for practitioners
  • Postpartum massage therapy concepts
Open-book Test and Course Evaluation 1 hours
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Great information presented in a very digestible manner. Will be a great resource to my practice.

F. Hernandez, LMT, NCTMB

This course was very thorough and extremely beneficial to me as it pertains to my pre-natal/post-natal practice. I feel better educated in the aspects of prenatal massage therapy. I am better able to answer clients questions and concerns.

K. Siegfried,

Excellent book as well as overall course! I cant wait to share this new information with my clients! Thank you!

E. O'Malley, LMT, AMTA

Very informative course. Great material.

L. Bishop, LMT

Very interesting and insightful course!

E. Maiocco, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

Very well written and presented. Highly recommended for anyone in the “pregnancy arena”.

Ann Marie Doria, LMT

I really liked the content relating to postpartum massage.

Ashley Easter, LMT, NCTMB

Very informative and easy to understand.

David Simmons, LMT, NCTMB

It was very beneficial to me to be able to print out the test so that I could prepare to take it finally. As a man without children, I really enjoyed learning about this topic as it affects the woman.

Chad Bradbury, LMT, NCTMB

I found it very helpful to be able to print out my test prior to taking it. It was nice to have it with me as I read along. I really enjoyed this course and will use you in the future for my distance learning.

Nichole Honeycutt, LMBT

I found the course to be excellent in content and readied me for taking a hands-on course in pre-natal massage.

Elaine Mosessian, LMT, NCTMB

Very interesting information. It will become useful where I work especially with our women's health therapist.

Erin McCabe, LMT

This course taught me SO much. As an expectant mother and massage therapist I took in an abundance of information not only to help my clients, but I've also learned so much for myself too. After taking this course, I have changed my mind about the epidural and am excited to take on the challenge of having an all natural birth in order to make sure I have a successful birth as well as ensure the mother to child bond. I am also going to start looking for a massage therapist or doula who will be able to assist me in my own birth. I am very excited to get a pregnant woman on my table!

Dawn Casella, LMT

I enjoyed this course and feel like I gained some valuable information. I feel like I can definitely offer better support for my pregnant and/or laboring clients!

Wendy Elwood, LMT

Excellent course. I work in a chiropractic with many pregnant clients. I feel more at ease at what I should and shouldn't be doing. Thanks for great information!!

Bryanna Ryan

Very interesting and provides valuable information if a therapist wishes to add the prenatal modality to their practice. Course is user friendly.

Terri Simao, CMT, NCTMB

I think a video would be helpful, but overall a very in depth study and i learned a lot. i have helped my first mother and baby through pregnancy...and the baby to be able to settle into this world through massage.

Brenda King, CMT, NCTMB

Very informative!

Noelle McIntyre, LMT

Great course, I am very happy with the amount of knowledge I have gained from this course.

Sheena Cloutier

Great course.

Demetria Gamble, LMBT

This course really surprised me, it went into great detail and had more information than I thought it would. It was very challenging. I am very pleased with this course. I am now looking for a hands on course to add to the subject and material.

Karen Grimsley

This informative course was very detailed, challenging, and well-rounded. It reinforced how valuable massage can be for a pregnant woman; before, during, or after she gives birth.

Cory Chase, LMT

There was a lot to learn in the book that I did not know about and I feel more confident when giving a massage to someone who is pregnant. I am glad that I can always read up on the book at anytime I need it.

Debra J. Abitz, LMT

I am thrilled that you offer home study courses from valuable experts in the field straight from their books. I will now have this awesome book in my library to refer to whenever I need it!

Lisa D. Eberhardt, LMT, NCTMB

This course was very helpful, in gaining further knowledge for pre-natal massage clients

Carolynn Trauscht, LMT

Great! The book was beyond my expectations and the test really tested my new knowledge. I learned some great new techniques and skills that I am ready to use in my practice. Thanks!

Andra Cagle, LMT

Very informative course! I loved it. Now Im thinking about going into being a pregnancy massage therapist almost full time.

Vanessa Wilson, LMT

The book is a valuable resource and the test provided an in depth study of it! Thank you.

Patricia Wald- Hopkins, LMT

Fantastic course. Really enjoyed taking it. Learned even more then I already knew.

Alicia Viola, LMT

This course was very informative. It has helped me in my career.

Jill M. Long, LMT

This course was very detailed and quite helpful in furthering my education in Peri and Pre-natal Massage. I look forward to using what I learned in my sessions and sharing this information with all my clients. Thank you for this learning experience.

Stephanie Silva, LMT

This was great info that will help me with my pregnant clients. I love the charts and technique manuals. Thank you!

Anne Ferrucci

A few of the answers to the questions on the test were evasive - but for the most part, course content was exceptional.

Ginelle Graham, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the primary benefits of pre- and perinatal massage therapy.
  2. Recognize how pre-natal massage can reduce musculoskeletal strain and pain.
  3. Describe at least one key element in each of the following: correct positioning, methodological precautions and contraindications.
  4. Define the term “high-risk pregnancy.”
  5. List the most common pregnancy complications.
  6. Identify the essential recommendations for each trimester.
  7. Identify the essential preparations for labor.
  8. Describe at least one key element in the active and transition phases of first stage labor.
  9. Describe at least one key element in second stage labor.
  10. Identify the essential elements in supporting cesarean birth and in self-care for labor assistants.
  11. Recognize the three components of postpartum adjustments and healing.
  12. Describe at least one key postpartum guideline or precaution for practitioners.
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Sample Test Question

In the 3rd trimester, varicose vein pain can be reduced with

  1. raking and light vibration
  2. stretching and myofascial release
  3. kneading and stripping strokes
  4. acupressure and pelvic tilts
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