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Natural birth in 10 minutes

Meet Sarah and her beautiful, happy, healthy baby boy Josh born 21st December 2017 at 9am weight 9lb8oz.

Sarah has given me persmission to share her story of natural birth in 10 minutes following reflexology sessions with me here at the Just Be Clinic.  Thank you so much Sarah, as I do 100% believe in the benefits of reflexology and see the results all the time so it’s lovely to be able to share this story.

Sarah came to me for her 4th pregnancy as she had previously had 1 natural birth and 2 C-sections.  The last C-section was very traumatic for Sarah as she bled out and didn’t see her baby for over 24 hours. Also, the recovery time was too long.

Her 4th baby was due just before Christmas, and as you do, she wanted a natural birth by her due date so that she could spend Christmas at home with her family.  Needless to say with 4 kids under 6 she didn’t want another C-section and be out of action for 6 weeks.  The maternity in Limerick wanted to do another section so she decided to go to Waterford who agreed to support her choice, if possible, of having a natural birth.

We did the last reflexology session on 19th December and I also gave Sarah an aromatherapy blend to help bring on labour and help body physicall and mentally prepare for the birth.  She had a check-up in Waterford the next day but was sent home after her check-up and was asked to come back again a couple of days later on the 22nd December.  Sarah and her family decided to stay in a hotel in Waterford until her appointment 2 days later.  That night she had a bath with the aromatherapy blend and then woke with discomfort the following morning.  She decided she would get the kids up and dressed, given them their breakfast and then head to the hospital just in case.  Later that day I received this message from Sarah:

Seeing Sarah and Josh a month later on 23rd January 2018, and hearing her amazing story she looks so well and happy.  I asked  if she was happy with the outcome, she said she was thrilled becuase she was out shopping Christmas Eve and had a lovely Christmas with the family as she wanted.  The short recovery was the main bonus.  I also asked if she felt the reflexology had helped and she said it definitely did.  I’m so proud of Sarah and she is continue her treatments so that she gets some Sarah time going forward.

But don’t just take mine and Sarah’s word for it alone. Clinical research shows the benefits of Reflexology in reducing pain intensity and shorter labour and delivery times.

Ten studies show the impact of reflexology on issues important to expectant mothers. Research shows that women given reflexology work during pregnancy or labour experienced shorter labour times and less analgesia use. In addition, reflexology work aided with the problems of retention of the placenta and primary inertia during labour, helping the women avoid surgery or medication.

1. Pregnant women given 10 foot reflexology sessions from 20 weeks into their pregnancies to term experienced a better labour time than textbook figures. The average for those receiving reflexology work was: first stage, 5 hours; second stage, 16 minutes; and third stage, 7 minutes. This compared to textbook figures of 16 to 24 hours’ first stage, and, 1 to 2 hour’s second stage. In addition, 89.0% of the women experienced a normal delivery.  Source: https://www.baby-bumps.net/pregnancy-reflexology/research/

2. In a study of 100 overdue women in the maternity unit at Walsall Manor Hospital in Walsall, England, researchers found that “more women went into labour sooner and needing less pain relief than those without reflexology”. The study was carried out by a team of midwives qualified in reflexology.

“The results of their study show that, overall, the length of the first stage of labour was four hours shorter than of those in the control group of women who had not had reflexology and that the second stage of labour, when the woman starts to push, was 21 minutes shorter. They also found that fewer women in the reflexology group needed strong pain relief during labour.”

The research was nominated for a Royal College of Midwives Award for Innovation in Midwifery.

Though the researchers acknowledge they had a limited sample, the women in the study expressed having less pain and greater relaxation, making for more ease in  theirdeliveries.  Source: https://reflexologyresearch.wordpress.com/category/pregnancy/

If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy and would like to discuss a fertility or maternity reflexology treatment plan, please get in touch.

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