Post-date complementary therapy clinic (Enhanced maternity services)

Approaching or over your due date?

This service is for women approaching their estimated due date who are thinking about using complementary therapies to help start their labour naturally.

A midwife therapist from our specially trained team of midwives will perform a combination of techniques using acupressure, reflexology and aromatherapy massage.

Your midwife therapist will tailor the treatment to your individual needs, which would usually include a combination of the following techniques:

  • Acupressure – the midwife will apply finger or thumb pressure to specific acupressure points on your body (usually hands, shoulders and inner leg). This is thought to stimulate hormones to encourage the start of labour.
  • Reflexology – the midwife will give you a relaxing reflexology treatment by applying pressure to certain points on the feet. This can both relax you and stimulate the pituitary gland, which is thought to help encourage the start of labour.
  • Aromatherapy – the treatment will finish with a foot massage using a blend of essential oils which are known to help with birth preparation.

You will be given the remainder of the aromatherapy blend to take home with you and an information sheet explaining the acupressure points, so you can continue to stimulate them when you get home.

Sessions are available from 40 weeks of pregnancy (your due date) onwards.

Cost: £50 for the first session; £35 for any subsequent treatments. Please wear loose-fitting clothes.

To book, or if you would like to discuss whether this treatment would be suitable for you, please telephone 07775 010 331.

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