Also including scenes of nurturing touch and massage in practice in a variety of labors and births and comments from the new mamas and their birth attendants, this companion film to Nurturing Touch for Birth starts up where the previous film left off. Featuring narration by licensed massage therapist and registered nurse Leslie Stager, Touch Techniques for Birth takes on more of a how-to role than its predecessor. Part 1 focuses on introductory topics such as Assessing Touch Effectiveness, Creating a Birth Massage Kit, and Remembering Self-Care. Part 2 delves into the nitty-gritty: specific touch techniques for supporting a birthing woman, including detailed instruction on general massage strokes and acupressure points for use during labor, as well as particular techniques for pain relief, reducing anxiety and encouraging a stalled labor, among others. Each section covers a different part of the body, complete with appropriate techniques, benefits and contraindications; each one ends with a review of the key points covered. One outstanding feature of this film is the lack of staged (or staged-appearing) visuals. Almost all techniques described by the narrator are accompanied by footage of the technique in use in what appears to be an actual labor or birth. Once again, the two women of MotherTouch Films have created a must-have video for anyone who works with birthing women, especially doulas and massage therapists, but also including midwives and nurses. While some parts may be more technical than what is desired by the layperson, this film also makes a great instructional video for partners, companions and family members planning to attend a loved one s birth. --Midwifery Today Magazine 12/2009
This comprehensive 78-minute DVD guides viewers in the essentials of supportive touch during labor and concludes with a moving homebirth. Part I offers information about benefits, self-care for the touch companion during birth, the importance of establishing communication with the laboring woman and the cultivation of a safe environment. Part II focuses on specific techniques that address different parts of the body and common complaints, including slow labor, exhaustion, back pain, and anxiety. Visuals include women in actual labor, utilizing a variety of positions and techniques. Contents include: Benefits of touch during birth. Contraindications. Use of acupressure, reflexology, hydrotherapy. General comfort strokes. Pain relieving techniques. Common complaints and useful touch techniques. Self-care for the touch companion. Communication during labor. And more!....