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The perineum is the area of skin between your vagina and rectum. Perineal massage involves gently stretching this area to minimize tearing or reduce need for episiotomy during childbirth. Massaging this area will familiarize you with the stretching sensations of birth so you can relax when it happens. Start doing the massage at about 36 weeks and perform it for 10 minutes daily.    This diagram shows a woman performing massage herself, but it may be easier for a partner to do it. Use any…

Perineal massage involves gently stretching this area to minimize tearing or reduce need for episiotomy during childbirth. ***Start doing the massage at about 34 weeks and perform it for 10 minutes daily.

How to Do Perineal Massage Perineal massage involves gently kneading the perineum (the delicate area located between the anus and the vagina. This practice is most often undertaken during the final weeks of pregnancy in order to alleviate tears to the perineal during childbirth. Sometimes, regular perineal massage can eliminate the need for an episiotomy (making a small cut in the perineum to facilitate the baby’s head.)

Do Perineal Massage

How to Do Perineal Massage. This wikiHow teaches you how to do perineal massage, which helps to relax and soften the perineum, the area between the vagina and the rectum. Perineal massage is often done late in pregnancy to help prevent.

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Labor positions: with Liam my midwife had me sit on the toilet. Funny to think about, but it felt good and gravity helped in that position. Going to TRY for my natural labor and delivery.

Perineal massage may help you avoid pain and tears to your perineum during childbirth. Here's how to do it, step by step, with video and photo guides.

How to Do Perineal Massage & Why You'll Want To

Perineal massage may help you avoid pain and tears to your perineum during childbirth. Here's how to do it, step by step, with video and photo guides.

3 natural ways to prepare your body for labour

3 Natural Ways to Prepare Your Body for Labour

Raspberry leaf tea, evening primrose oil, and dates are 3 natural ways to prepare your body for labour. Find out why I recommend these!

Labor Massage Oil is a nice way to pamper after your due date. The clary sage and lavender make this a must for your doula bag.  Purchase as a client gift too.

Labor Massage Oil

Labor Massage Oil is a wonderfully light oil which is great for use during labor. It contains clary sage and lavender both which are great during labor. A great addition to your doula bag or hospital bag.

Perineum “Massage” (10 Steps to Prepare the Perineum for Birth)

Perineum “Massage” (10 Steps to Prepare the Perineum for Birth)

Generally speaking, these are not what are usually referred to as fun to do (!), but these exercises, along with Kegels, can prove to be an essential part in preparing the perineum for birth.

Great list of VBAC success stories! And it's broken down by whether or not they were induced, had an epidural, were home births, were after 40 weeks, and so on! So helpful for pregnant women who want to have a vaginal birth after a C-section!

26 VBAC Success Stories That'll Empower Your Trial of Labor

Great list of VBAC success stories! And it's broken down by whether or not they were induced, had an epidural, were home births, were after 40 weeks, and so on! So helpful for pregnant women who want to have a vaginal birth after a C-section!

Have you heard about dates during pregnancy? Find out how this fruit can help women have better births plus other natural ways to have an optimal birth.

Dates During Pregnancy: Do They Really Ease Labor?

Have you heard about dates during pregnancy? Find out how this fruit can help women have better births plus other natural ways to have an optimal birth.

Honey Sticks  Women in labor often need a quick burst of energy.  Honey sticks can provide exactly what a laboring mom or drowsy partner needs. DIY make your own by heat sealing the end of a straw, filling with honey, and heat sealing the other end.

Honey Sticks

Our Farmer's Market has local raw honey sticks. Honey Sticks Women in labor often need a quick burst of energy. Honey sticks can provide exactly what a laboring mom or drowsy partner needs.

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