Technique Tuesday: Counter Pressure
Last week we talked about how distraction can be used to easily manage early labor.
Well on this Technique Tuesday, I am offering you a tutorial on how to perform my absolute FAVORITE labor technique!
As labor progresses and waves of pressure intensify around your belly, counter pressure can be used to help alleviate pain during labor.
Counter pressure is a massage technique that when done correctly, can greatly reduce tension on the ligaments of the pelvis therefore reducing discomfort during a contraction. It can also aid in opening up the pelvis and rotating baby into a more favorable position for pushing (which is why it's my go-to move).
Counter pressure was the #1 tool that my husband and doula used to decrease my discomfort during both of my labors.
In fact, it was the only thing that took the intensity of my last labor into a more tolerable zone.
Now, let me show you how to do my favorite move, the DOUBLE HIP SQUEEZE! Step-by-step: DOUBLE HIP SQUEEZE: (click the link to view on IG)
FIND THE HIP BONES.
SQUEEZE FIRMLY USING THE PALM OF YOUR HAND WHILE KEEPING YOUR ELBOWS POINTING OUT.
GENTLY RELEASE THE PRESSURE ONCE THE CONTRACTION IS OVER.
*PRO TIP: Never abruptly squeeze or release when doing this move. You may think this move is just for mama's preparing for an unmedicated birth, but don't underestimate it's potential.
This is a great technique that can help moms wanting an epidural get into a more consistent labor pattern without the use of artificial drugs.
I'm telling you, it's awesome!
We practice counter pressure moves and more in the Birth Better Together Workshop.
If you're interested in learning about how you and your partner can prepare for easier and more comfortable labor, sign up for FEBRUARY'S workshop!
All my best,