Touch For Birth

Classes for Pregnant Women & Couples

Massage & Acupressure for Birth: For Expectant Fathers, Birth Companions, Pregnant Women (3 hour course)

$40. Birth Companions can bring Pregnant Woman for FREE! Or come alone.Labor_GB21_Stager-PregnancyMassage-0405_smaller.jpg

This is a great, fun, busy class with lots of information that you'll be happy to practice at home before birth!

Become a MotherTouch Companion for women in labor! Learn easy techniques to help speed labor, soothe contraction pain, reduce anxiety, move baby. Acupressure, belly rubs, reflexology techniques that anyone can learn and birthing women will love!

In class you'll learn about:

  • Tools for supporting women in labor
  • Why nurturing touch helps women in birthing process.
  • What's in a massage birth bag
  • Techniques for relaxation, pain reduction, and speeding labor
  • Techniques for moving baby
  • Acupressure and massage in a variety of positions through all stages of labor
  • Techniques for back pain, posterior baby, slow labor, contraction pain, anxiety, cervical dilation
  • Use of a rebozo,  chairs, ball, and positions in hands and knees, standing, semi-reclining, sidelying, and others
  • Care of You...the Touch Companion!

What to bring: Each companion should bring the following for their pregnant companion:

  • 3 big pillows
  • 1_labor_Belly_lift_stand_Stager-PregnancyMassage-0687.jpgSome unscented oil and/or lotion in small bottle. (olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba, almond, all work)
  • Blanket or cloth to put on floor
  • If you have a folding chair without arms, and/or a physio-birth ball that you can bring, please do!
  • A long scarf, cloth, or small sheet
  • Pen or pencil for notes if you wish.
  • Snacks and water.
  • Wear comfortable stretchy clothes. We will be on the floor, and moving around in various positions!

Leslie Stager RN, LMT has been a maternity nurse, childbirth educator, and doula at home and hospital births. She is an internationally recognized Pregnancy Massage Educator who has been teaching perinatal massage since 1992.  Leslie is author of the textbook: Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy, instructor on the DVD Mastering Pregnancy Massage, and Producer of the MotherTouch DVD's -- which will be available at classes for viewing and purchase.


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Massage & Acupressure for Birth

For health professionals, massage therapists, doulas, and pregnant couples and birth companions. Bring a pregnant client along for FREE, to practice with.

Curriculum Outline based on student knowledge and needs, but may include the following:

  • Birth physiology and psycho-emotional realities
  • Techniques for relaxation, pain reduction, and labor progress
  • Releasing the pelvic floor
  • Techniques for speeding labor and moving baby
  • Care, psyche, and body mechanics for the Touch Companion
  • Practical realities of offering touch during birth
  • Acupressure and massage in a variety of positions through all stages of labor
  • Cultivating healing birth environments
  • Techniques for back pain, posterior baby, slow labor, contraction pain, anxiety, relieving leg cramps, cervical dilation
  • Use of the rebozo, chairs, ball, and positions in hands and knees, standing, semi-reclining, sidelying, and others

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TALK: Benefits of Nurturing Touch throughout Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum

1 hour Presentation. Learn 2 of the many nurturing touch techniques that help alleviate pain during pregnancy and birth, reduce anxiety, speed labor, and improve a woman’s experience of birth. In this talk we will learn how simple touch significantly improves the lives of mother, baby, and partner in measurable ways, hormonally, physically, and developmentally.


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