Massage Therapy for the Pregnant and Laboring Woman
My name is Michael and I am your NCBTMB Approved continuing education provider. Thanks for taking my course!
To earn your 12 hours of continuing education credit you must read this course and then take a quiz on what you read.
Taking the quiz
You will find the link to take the quiz at the end of the course. You will not be able to access the quiz until all lessons have been marked as “complete” the appropriate amount of time has passed (12 hours) so there is no rush. Take your time and make sure you understand each lesson and module before moving on to the next one.
This continuing education course has been designed to meet the educational needs of massage therapists.
Degree of Difficulty
Text (written material)
Quiz becomes available after
360 minutes of reading
This course is classified by the NCBTMB as a Pregnancy course.
Acceptable Content Statement
The content of this course is directly related to applications of massage and bodywork therapy for specific needs, conditions, or client populations.
This course is an in-depth study of the physiological changes in all stages of pregnancy and how massage can be safely administered in each one. It also covers prenatal massage contraindications and comfort and support measures that can be employed during labor to provide scientifically proven benefits to the mother including shorter overall labor with fewer medical interventions required.
Upon completion of this home study continuing education course, the massage practitioner should be able to:
- Describe the precautions a massage therapist must take in relation to morning sickness.
- List no less than six common areas of physical discomfort that should be focused on by a prenatal massage.
- List the physiological changes that occur during the first trimester of pregnancy and how the treatment should be adapted to them.
- List the physiological changes that occur during the second trimester of pregnancy and how the treatment should be adapted to them.
- List the physiological changes that occur during the third trimester of pregnancy and how the treatment should be adapted to them.
- Describe what comfort measures can be taken to make the massage more beneficial for pregnant women.
- Describe the physiology of labor, including the muscles used and the origin of the pain involved.
- Identity the Swedish massage techniques useful for treating laboring women.
- Identity the Shiatsu massage techniques useful for pain management during labor.
- List safe positions for the laboring woman to receive massage.
- Identify the different stages of labor and which massage techniques are appropriate for each one.
- Describe the most common environments labor massage is performed in (i.e. maternity ward, homebirth, waterbirth, birth center).
This course is presented for educational purposes only. It was developed and marketed specifically for massage therapists that are required to obtain continuing education hours for licensing purposes. The author is not giving medical, legal, or other professional advice.
This course is classified as “Cognitive” learning, meaning that there is no hands-on portion.