Touch is a sacred yet simple way to communicate with our laboring clients and their families. It can also provide relief from painful sensations, help keep laboring women connected and grounded, and empower partners and other family members.   We are pleased to offer the following workshop to the doulas in our community!

7 Hour Workshop
In this workshop we offer experiential activities that aim to cultivate your quality of touch. We will explore effective body mechanics, (that is, how to use your body without injury) and other self-care practices, contraindications, touch from four perspectives (the mother, baby, partner, and provider), and discuss how we know when touch is helpful or not. The workshop will be about 80% hands-on experience with each other learning and practicing techniques and on real pregnant models in late pregnancy.  Oils, tables, linens, some bolsters, and detailed handouts will be provided, including resources for further training.  Please bring a pillow or two for added support and cushioning.

After completing the workshop participants will be able to

-offer touch techniques to laboring clients in a safe and effective way.
-have the knowledge to continuously use their hands and body for extended periods of time without injury.
-have more confidence in their quality of touch, creatively offering touch to laboring women and their companions.
-describe some basic contraindications for massage and touch over the perinatal period (late pregnancy to postpartum).
-demonstrate specific techniques to address some common concerns during labor.
-work with acupressure or “pressure points” during the perinatal period.
-demonstrate techniques for the various stages of labor, and for women laboring in different positions.
-demonstrate touch techniques to partners and other birth companions.
-describe the advantages and disadvantages of certain oils and creams for massage.

What some past participants have had to say about the workshop:
“My favorite part was the hands-on experience, especially massaging the pregnant moms”
“I was surprised by how very minor adjustments can make huge differences in mechanics and comfort when giving massages.”
“Surprised by how much we know intuitively about touch.”
“Amazed by how much more confident I feel after just five hours of the workshop”

About your facilitator: Jamie is a certified prenatal massage therapist, certified educator of infant massage,  a practicing professional of almost 15 years, and a massage therapy educator and mentor at two local massage schools.   She is also a birth doula, and teaches Birthing From Within childbirth preparation classes. She is deeply committed to birthing women and their families and is consistently inspired by the simple power of touch for support.