Even in a midwifery practice, technology often displaces the soothing touch of skilled hands in the care of expectant women. Busy schedules and task-oriented appointments can leave little time to offer relief from pregnancy’s common companions: back and hip pain and swollen extremities. Midwives can offer their moms the tactile attention they need by including a massage therapist on their referral list of maternity health care providers.
Carole Osborne is an internationally recognized instructor of maternity massage therapy who has been in practice since 1974. Author of Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy, her course by the same name has prepared over 4000 massage therapists and other perinatal professionals for maternity work. Her courses can be used for continuing education credit with DONA International. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (800) 586-8322 or (858) 748-8827. Her Web site, www.bodytherapyassociates.com, has a resource section listing certified maternity massage therapists in the US, Canada, the UK and New Zealand.