8. Touch Therapies in Pregnancy and Childbirth

  1. Melissa D. Avery PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
  1. Deborah Ringdahl

Published Online: 24 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783320.ch8

Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth

Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth

How to Cite

Ringdahl, D. (2013) Touch Therapies in Pregnancy and Childbirth, in Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth (ed M. D. Avery), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783320.ch8

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 3 JUN 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470962862

Online ISBN: 9781118783320

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Keywords:

  • childbirth;
  • health care;
  • labor support techniques;
  • pregnancy;
  • relaxation;
  • touch therapies

Summary

This chapter focuses on the role that intentional touch therapies play in supporting women through pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum, including learned labor support techniques, massage therapy, and the energy therapies of Therapeutic Touch (TT), Healing Touch (HT), and Reiki. With the advent of increased awareness of integrative modalities and research to support integrative therapy use, all touch therapies can be reexamined within the context of clinical practice. The introduction of touch therapies into clinical practice not only adds another dimension to hands-on care but also invites a reconceptualization of intentional touch. The chapter ends with three case studies. Each case study illustrates the role that touch therapies play in providing comfort and support, reducing the normal stressors that accompany pregnancy and childbirth.