Research has shown that women who receive reflexology care from a female birthing support person during their birthing experience are statistically more likely to have shorter labours, lower rates of c section deliveries and lower usage of pain relief.
By providing deep relaxation and specialist breathing techniques during non established and stage 1 labour then calming therapy through third stage placenta delivery, reflexology helps to ground and relax mothers and their unborn babies. Plus by encouraging natural endorphins, reflexology actively works along side nature enabling mothers to remain in control for a positive birthing experience.
If you are interested in having reflexology for labour then the two types of support I offer for my clients are shown below, but in either case there would be an initial consultation and discussion before things are moved forward.
Typically this meeting would be in your home between week 30 > 34 of your pregnancy and is a great way for both parties to get to know one another which is paramount for effective support through your personal birthing experience. Plus, if a home birth is something you are considering, then essential for assessing practicalities of reflexology during your birthing experience.
We will discuss your preferred birthing plan, how reflexology can fit into it and if reflexology is possible, I will contact your designated midwife and medical team to ensure everyone is aware of your wishes and then we work together leading up to the birth itself.
Then the choice is up to you how you wish to proceed!