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Pre- and Perinatal Massage

10 CE Hours - E1033

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  3. I gained new knowledge.
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Expectant mothers endure many changes as their bodies adjust to accommodate and sustain another life. Prenatal massage is of great benefit to clients who are expecting. Through this continuing education course you will build a comprehensive foundation to safely and effectively support the mother in pregnancy and childbirth. Clinical protocols and relevant procedures, supplemented by abundant references, photos and illustrations, the course text covers the techniques and benefits of therapeutic massage and bodywork throughout pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period.

In this course, you will learn:

  • the primary benefits of pre and perinatal massage therapy
  • how prenatal massage can reduce musculoskeletal strain and pain
  • key elements pertaining to correct positioning and pressure, methodological precautions and contraindications
  • pregnancy complications and high-risk pregnancies
  • essential massage recommendations for each trimester
  • preparations for labor
  • labor massage therapy concepts and attributes of active and transition phases of first stage labor and second stage labor
  • essentials for supporting a cesarean birth and self-care for labor assistants
  • postpartum guidelines and precautions for massage practitioners

General guidelines for effective, safe therapy are presented, with specific contraindications and precautions relevant to each trimester.

Featured Reviews

Great! The book was beyond my expectations and the test really tested my new knowledge. I learned some great new techniques and skills that I am ready to use in my practice. Thanks!

- Andra Cagle, LMT

There was a lot to learn in the book that I did not know about and I feel more confident when giving a massage to someone who is pregnant. I am glad that I can always read up on the book at anytime I need it.

- Debra J. Abitz, LMT

This course taught me SO much. As an expectant mother and massage therapist I took in an abundance of information not only to help my clients, but I've also learned so much for myself too. After taking this course, I have changed my mind about the epidural and am excited to take on the challenge of having an all natural birth in order to make sure I have a successful birth as well as ensure the mother to child bond. I am also going to start looking for a massage therapist or doula who will be able to assist me in my own birth. I am very excited to get a pregnant woman on my table!

- Dawn Casella, LMT

This course really surprised me, it went into great detail and had more information than I thought it would. It was very challenging. I am very pleased with this course. I am now looking for a hands on course to add to the subject and material.

- Karen Grimsley

This course was very thorough and extremely beneficial to me as it pertains to my pre-natal/post-natal practice. I feel better educated in the aspects of prenatal massage therapy. I am better able to answer clients questions and concerns.

- K. Siegfried,

A few of the answers to the questions on the test were evasive - but for the most part, course content was exceptional.

- Ginelle Graham, LMT

This was great info that will help me with my pregnant clients. I love the charts and technique manuals. Thank you!

- Anne Ferrucci

This course was very detailed and quite helpful in furthering my education in Peri and Pre-natal Massage. I look forward to using what I learned in my sessions and sharing this information with all my clients. Thank you for this learning experience.

- Stephanie Silva, LMT

Very well written and presented. Highly recommended for anyone in the “pregnancy arena”.

- Ann Marie Doria, LMT

This course was very informative. It has helped me in my career.

- Jill M. Long, LMT

Fantastic course. Really enjoyed taking it. Learned even more then I already knew.

- Alicia Viola, LMT

I am thrilled that you offer home study courses from valuable experts in the field straight from their books. I will now have this awesome book in my library to refer to whenever I need it!

- Lisa D. Eberhardt, LMT, NCTMB

This course was very helpful, in gaining further knowledge for pre-natal massage clients

- Carolynn Trauscht, LMT

Very informative course! I loved it. Now Im thinking about going into being a pregnancy massage therapist almost full time.

- Vanessa Wilson, LMT

The book is a valuable resource and the test provided an in depth study of it! Thank you.

- Patricia Wald- Hopkins, LMT

This informative course was very detailed, challenging, and well-rounded. It reinforced how valuable massage can be for a pregnant woman; before, during, or after she gives birth.

- Cory Chase, LMT

I really liked the content relating to postpartum massage.

- Ashley Easter, LMT, NCTMB

Very informative and easy to understand.

- David Simmons, LMT, NCTMB

It was very beneficial to me to be able to print out the test so that I could prepare to take it finally. As a man without children, I really enjoyed learning about this topic as it affects the woman.

- Chad Bradbury, LMT, NCTMB

I found it very helpful to be able to print out my test prior to taking it. It was nice to have it with me as I read along. I really enjoyed this course and will use you in the future for my distance learning.

- Nichole Honeycutt, LMBT

I found the course to be excellent in content and readied me for taking a hands-on course in pre-natal massage.

- Elaine Mosessian, LMT, NCTMB

Very interesting information. It will become useful where I work especially with our women's health therapist.

- Erin McCabe, LMT

I enjoyed this course and feel like I gained some valuable information. I feel like I can definitely offer better support for my pregnant and/or laboring clients!

- Wendy Elwood, LMT

Excellent course. I work in a chiropractic with many pregnant clients. I feel more at ease at what I should and shouldn't be doing. Thanks for great information!!

- Bryanna Ryan

Very interesting and provides valuable information if a therapist wishes to add the prenatal modality to their practice. Course is user friendly.

- Terri Simao, CMT, NCTMB

I think a video would be helpful, but overall a very in depth study and i learned a lot. i have helped my first mother and baby through pregnancy...and the baby to be able to settle into this world through massage.

- Brenda King, CMT, NCTMB

Very informative!

- Noelle McIntyre, LMT

Great course, I am very happy with the amount of knowledge I have gained from this course.

- Sheena Cloutier

Great course.

- Demetria Gamble, LMBT

Great information presented in a very digestible manner. Will be a great resource to my practice.

- F. Hernandez, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent book as well as overall course! I cant wait to share this new information with my clients! Thank you!

- E. O'Malley, LMT, AMTA

Very informative course. Great material.

- L. Bishop, LMT

Very interesting and insightful course!

- E. Maiocco, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA


  • Text - 177 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.


Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has been practicing as a nurse since 1974. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, Ms. Burch studied under many of today's leaders in massage therapy and bodywork during the 1980s, became Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB in 1993 and holds a professional membership with the AMTA.

As founder of Health Positive!, Ms. Burch has created over 60 home study nursing and massage continuing education programs, performed over 65 public, live educational presentations, has written two published books, served as a member on the NCBTMB Continuing Education committee and was a founding member of the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.

Sharon is an instructor on many of the Institute's programs and has authored and co-authored various ethics courses and additional titles such as Touch for the Seriously Ill, Stress Reduction Through Bodywork, Staying Well – Naturally, Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness, Chronic Pain Management, Marketing Massage in Four Easy Steps, Preventing Medical Errors, HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Understanding HIV, Massage for Edema and more.

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