Comfort Measures, Techniques and Tools
I find great joy in continuously learning how to best support my clients. I'm regularly attending continuing education and advanced doula trainings.
These are some of the techniques and tools I utilize in my practice.
Gentle Massage & Acupressure:
If you're comfortable with touch, I often use hands on comfort techniques to support your physical comfort and emotional well being. I utilize light touch, counter pressure, gentle massage and acupressure techniques intended to help you relax, release muscle tension, cope with labor and address labor variations.
I'm trained in using techniques and positions within the Spinning Babies methodology to encourage balance and comfort in pregnancy and during labor. Spinning babies is "an approach to optimize the physical relationship between the bodies of the pregnant person and baby for the easing of childbirth....[it]takes clues from baby’s position and station for natural, physiological solutions."
A rebozo is a long woven scarf, traditionally used by indigenous midwives of the Yucatan. Rebozos can be used in pregnancy, labor, and after birth. During pregnancy, rebozo techniques may help alleviate pressure on the back and pelvis, assist in aligning baby in preparation for birth, and to aid in physical relaxation. During labor, a rebozo is may help keep labor progressing, ease pain and discomfort, and encourage baby into a more ideal position, as well as support potentially more effective pushing positions. After birth, a rebozo is traditionally used to carry one's infant.
A TENS Unit is a small device that helps flood the brain with signals from nerve endings along the spine and low back. These signals make your body increase the flow of endorphins, thus helping relieve discomfort during labor. Endorphins are hormones our bodies produce to protect us from pain, they are much stronger than pain medications and totally in tune with our own individual body. TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electronic Nerve Stimulation. It is not painful and can be a great asset in natural childbirth. It has no side effects, is completely controlled by the birthing person and can help delay, or replace the use of pain medications. I use a TENS unit specifically made and approved for labor.