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Pre- and Perinatal Massage

10 Hour CE Course

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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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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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