Donny Dane, Licensed Massage Therapist  (940)367-0972

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Prenatal/Doula Services

Prenatal/Labor/Postpartum Services and Information:

Prenatal Massage offers many benefits for the expectant mother, including

  • Hormone regulation – stress hormones are lowered and relaxation hormones are increased. These changes lead to lower rates of complications to the mother and child during birth.
  •  Reduction of swelling – reduced circulation and pressure on your major blood vessels can collect fluids in your joints, causing swelling and aches. Massage helps circulation and removal of excess fluids due to increased lymph flow.
  •  Improvement of pelvic, abdominal, and leg pain- As your baby develops and grows, pressure is placed on the pelvic floor, sciatic nerve, and other areas. Massage of muscles near these areas can reduce pressure and help alleviate pain.
  •  Better sleep – Massage encourages a healthy body, with better oxygenation, and a more relaxed posture, leading to easier and better sleep at night.

Labor Massage offers further benefits, including

  • Regulation of breathing - keeping breathing slow and steady helps ease pain and make contractions easier to bear.
  • Increased hormone production - massage during labor may promote the release of hormones and possibly shorten time spent in labor.
  • Changes in position during labor massage may help the progression of engagement, helping to assist the baby down the birth canal.
  • Relaxation between contractions may help the mother keep oxegenated, relaxed, and better able to cope with pain.
Postpartum Massage benefits may include

  • Return to natural body shape – Massage of the lower back and abdomen help reduce the time for your skin and muscles to return to a pre-pregnancy state. Stretch marks can be reduced by use of lotions containing Vitamin E.
  • Regulation of body chemistry – Your body fluctuates with the chemistry of birthing, and massage can help return your body chemistry to it’s pre-pregnancy state by encouraging regular blood and lymph circulation. This also helps reduce symptoms of post-partum depression.
  • Return of normal joints – aching and stretched joints can be encouraged to heal themselves after birth, with assisted stretches and exercises designed to promote health and healing.
  • Re-establishes pelvis structural integrity
  • Supports healthy lactation
  • Reduces stress hormones
  • Facilitates the healing of bladder disorders, post-episiotomy soreness, and Cesarean Section
  • Relieves neck/shoulder/back  pain
  • Supports healthy emotional state
  • Aids in maternal bonding

Some research information on birthing with a Doula present:

 Numerous research studies show important benefits to mothers and babies of continuous labor support by a loved one, friend, or doula. Labor support is a safe and effective practice with no negative side effects, yet the practice is underused (Sakala & Corry, 2008). According to a review of studies from the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group—a part of the highly respected, international Cochrane Collaboration that identifies best care practices based on research—continuous support for women during labor and childbirth is clearly beneficial (Hodnett et al., 2007). Study findings indicate that, compared to women who do not receive continuous labor support, women who receive continuous, one-to-one support are less likely to:

  • have cesarean surgery;
  • give birth with vacuum extraction or forceps;
  • have regional analgesia (e.g., an epidural);
  • have the need for any analgesia (pain medication); and
  • report dissatisfaction with or negative feelings about their childbirth experience (Hodnett et al., 2007).

Two previous reviews of the research on continuous labor support had similar findings (Leslie & Storton, 2007; Simkin & O’Hara, 2002). The authors of all three reviews found that, compared to care from hospital staff nurses or midwives, continuous labor support is more effective when the person providing labor support is not a member of the hospital staff (Hodnett et al., 2007; Leslie & Storton, 2007; Simkin & O’Hara, 2002). In one review, increased benefits were found when continuous support started early in labor (Hodnett et al., 2007).

Research findings suggest that the benefit of labor support has no economic or cultural boundaries. In one study, continuous support reduced pain for low-income women who would have labored alone if they had not had a doula present (Simkin & O’Hara, 2002). Another study found that fewer cesarean surgeries and less need for epidural analgesia occurred when middle-class, laboring women and their male partner had the support of a doula (McGrath & Kennell, 2008). The same study also found that women and their partners were more satisfied with their birth experience when a doula provided support. Higher rates of early initiation of breastfeeding were found in an urban, multicultural setting when a doula was present (Mottl-Santiago et al., 2008).


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