Prenatal and Labor Massage Doulas are finally entering the playground……or should I say the Hospital delivery floor? So what is a Prenatal and Labor Massage Doula and what makes them different than a Doula?
Doulas are a wonderful addition to the Pregnant Mother-to-be and her Partners birth plan. Not only are Doulas there to guide and educate the birth couple but they are there during the Labor process as well to coach and be a strong advocate and support. Prenatal and Labor Massage Doulas (PALM) are advanced education and certification for Doulas, Midwives, Massage Therapists, Nurses and others in the Touch/Health field.
PALM Doulas are taught more hands on techniques and methods (Intuitive Movement Technique) to help during the time of pregnancy and Labor. As the pregnant Mother-to-be’s uterus/baby grows through the weeks her body goes through massive shifts and changes. Forward momentum occurs with the larger tummy and throws off the normal balance and alighnment pre pregnancy. PALM Doulas learn how to hands on move and shift the prenatal body to better balance to ease the discomfort.
Keeping our Mothers-to-be in good mechanical alignment and easy movement flow creates a less stressed Mama for sure! The PALM Doula also has a priority of coaching the Partner and supports him/her in their role during pregnancy and Labor.
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