Unicorn, that sounds good - I def need something to reduce anxiety after a traumatic birth last time round! Did you use it during labour? Did the reflexologist come to you? Any idea how to go about finding a good one who'll do this (for a home birth)?
Yes Koala sorry I should've been clearer - I'm thinking of it during labour as I understand it can help regulate contractions etc. Good to know it's effective tho.
my mw did reflexology on me at my 40-week antenatal app to bring on labour. started that evening. am sure it triggered it. I think it could be v helpful in labour - but can't help with recommendations, I'm afraid. good luck
Thanks dinny. Pupuce, I've no idea as I haven't looked into doulas but I would really be looking for reflexology only - DH is my own personal doula and quite protective of his role - which is fine by me as he did a fabulous job last time round
My point being that a doula would actually be proactive at :
which is what you want....
I am not suggesting you should get a doula - I was only making the point as I know quite a few reflexologists who are doulas.
More generally a good doula would know when to let the father BE proactive in the birth. I find some of the dads very proactive and very relaxed which I think is really nice as it helps them enjoy the birth.... at some births I do very little, the fact that I sit in a corner is more than enough to reduce anxiety is most women (it's the principle of one to one care really).
Out of simple curiosity, you say your last birth was quite traumatic for you ? Was it not for your DH?
Hi All, I am 39 weeks this week first pg and have booked a refelxology session for this fri 4 days before I'm due. A couple of colleagues at work recommended it. It was hard to find a reflexologist qualified to do it in pg where I live but by chance my local Neal's Yard does various therapies on site and they had someone, so might be worth trying one of their shops.
I had a chat with the reflexologist about it who said it can bring on labour if overdue but also mainly for relaxing so I thought I'd give it a go as I am panicking about the birth. My dh is the calmest person I know so he will be great but I cannot stop worrying about it all.
Also, have just found out my baby is back to back with me and 3/5 engaged so hoping (along with lots of me being on all fours) the session might releive some back pain. Anyone else had experience of this?