Perineal Massage Aids In A Natural Birth
Author: Susan De Marco
Professional skills: Midwife
Location: WA, Australia
Word Length: 563
Questions received: 0
Keywords: myrrh, pregnancy, baby, labor, episiotomy, pregnant
The Young Living essential oil of Myrrh, known to improve tissue elasticity was used for perineal massage in biblical times according to founder of Young Livng. I use twenty drops in 20mls of V6 or Macadamia nut oil, and is used for perineal massage from thirty two weeks of pregnancy. This was done to improve natural birth with minimal or no grazes or tears by my clients.
A three part technique was used by the women who chose to work with this preparation for the birth of their babies. Massage of the perineum alone has been shown to improve the ability of the perineum to have healthier tissues that can respond to the elasticising hormones of late pregnancy and labour.
Massage with Myrrh, from my midwife experience does seems to enhance this ability--I call it the Myrrh effect. Postnatal healing of grazes, tears, episiotomy, recovery after birth, and a return to normal close to non-pregnant state has been good.
Perineal massage was done in a three part technique. One or all parts of the technique are done daily. The Myrrh effect takes a few weeks to develop and will be noted by ease of stretchiness before birth--the Myrrh effect is naturally reversed by the body in the postnatal six to eight weeks from my observational experience.
Pre-shower, macadamia nut, V6, or other favourite oil was massaged in a playful dance kind of way. The movement is also limbering for the pelvic area. massage around buttocks, inner and outer thighs and around the vulva to include all the muscles and tissues from front bone, sit bones and tail bone. 'Roll and massage' around the bones, with intention of encouraging ease of birth passage. Shower and wash excess oil off.
Secondly, using the Myrrh with your choice of base oil, and with clean hands, self or partner assisted, massage internally as far as can be reached, carefully, with small circular motions on or around inner muscles and ligament areas right around the clock of the inner pelvic outlet, adding stretch downwards and outwards. Naturally sensations will vary, and it may be mildy uncomfortable.
Practice relax, breathe, let go, and lift to develop awareness and control of nervous system and tissues. This awareness also often lets a woman feel or know where her baby is on the way down and through via the learned sensation of different inner body parts.
Thirdly, massage Myrrh blend locally front first, from pubic bone, to inner leg top, and 'roll' massage inwards, without actually doing so, and leave the oil in place. Then massage from sit bones, and tail bone, and around all the muscles around the bottom and backside in the same way. Leave the Myrrh oil blend on for the body to utilise.
Fourthly, after baby's birth, Myrrh alone can be placed on grazes, tears, and episiotomies (which are rarely needed when Myrrh perineal massage has been thoroughly done). Myrrh and or Lavender help in recovery with minimal inflammation and infection.
I have been grateful to have evolved this technique of pre-birth 'homework' as an aid to prevention of episiotomy for the women who chose my care, with improved natural birth ability, improved recovery around birth. When well done, it can benefit birth outcomes, anywhere that a woman chooses to give birth.
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