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What is the LK Massage Programme?

Our evidence-based Programme is designed to complement and support natural birth and to deliver a positive birth experience for all. 

Using specific massage techniques which are linked with breathing and visualisation, the Programme delivers specific benefits during late pregnancy, during labour and postnatally. 

The Pregnancy to Birth phase of the Programme begins from 30 weeks pregnant. The body’s transition from pregnancy to labour follows a circadian rhythm, so the techniques for this phase have been designed to promote sleep, to support the body’s adaptations and develop natural pain relieving functions. The massage is performed by the birth partner.

During labour, the familiar touch of the birth partner in a low lit private environment enhances relaxation and pain relief. This enables mothers to become oxytocic throughout labour, birth and attachment. As labour progresses, specific techniques can be used to provide targeted assistance if required. These techniques may be delivered by the midwife or doula. 

Following birth, the Post Natal phase of the Programme is used to counteract the effects of medical interventions, minimize maternal-infant separation, stimulate suckling and lactation and help new parents to bond with their baby.

Promoting a Positive Birth Experience for All!

The LK Massage Programme aims to create a positive birth experience for all.

Feedback from couples
shows that they enjoy using the massage antenatally and their quality of sleep often improves.
During labour many report they feel empowered, that it helps with pain relief and the partner enjoys having an active partnership role.
The babies appear to be calmer at birth and continue to enjoy gentle massaging touch.

Feedback from midwives
Many find they get increased job satisfaction as they follow the mother's circadian cycle and use and facilitate the use of the Programme through different phases of labour in partnership with the couple

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About us
Meet the team

We are a team of experienced midwives who are passionate about natural birth and committed to supporting mums, their partners and babies, as well as empowering midwives and doulas.

Banbury, England

+44(0)07765192048

enquiries@childbirthessentials.co.uk

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