Foot Massage Video

Foot massage is perhaps one of life’s greatest pleasures. It enhances blood circulation throughout the entire body and can be deeply relaxing and grounding. (To avoid ticklishness, remember to use firm pressure.) During pregnancy, foot massage can be especially welcome during the third trimester and summer months to reduce swelling and relieve the strain of your added body weight. What a great way for any partner to say thank you for carrying our baby! For doulas, it can be a great bonus to offer clients a foot massage during any postpartum visits. Mom can even sit back and enjoy your skills while breastfeeding! View below to learn this simple foot massage protocol. Remember this was the fir

Sustaining Energy During Labor: 4 Tips for Doulas and Partners

One of the most important things about providing support for a laboring woman, whether it’s your partner or client is knowing how to sustain your own energy. When I first started out 14 years ago, I got myself into all sorts of contorted positions and exhausted myself in ways I’ve since learned how not to do. That’s what I want to share with you! Because even the shortest of births is likely to last several hours, and some will undoubtedly go beyond 24 hours. That’s why I’ve made the following short list for sustaining energy levels during birth: 1. Take breaks when you need them and do what you need during them: a power nap, a snack, a stretch, or anything else. For expectant parents, read

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