Pregnancy & Labor Care

Pregnancy & Labor Care

Pregnancy and Labor CareDid you know that the changes that occur during pregnancy and the issues that women may have are best supported by CranioSacral therapy, massage, acupuncture, and homeopathy without harmful effects on the baby?    If you are looking to co-manage a condition during your pregnancy or post-partum period, or simply want to do the best for yourself and your baby and prepare yourself for your birth process, you may be interested in scheduling a visit:

*  Between weeks 2-13
*  Between weeks 14-26
*  Between weeks 27-37
*  In your birth window weeks 37 thru to your due date
*  2 weeks post partum and before 8 weeks

During these key stages of your pregnancy, you can achieve more physical comfort, breathe better, deepen your connection to your growing womb and baby with Maya Abdominal Massage.  Ongoing treatments can support common pregnancy concerns, improve natural birth outcomes, prepare for a VBAC and labor.  During the postpartum period, you can increase healing with post partum tonics, homeopathic formulas and abdominal wrapping.

Integrative Care with Dr. Deanine during pregnancy will help the following:

  • Deepen the connection to your baby and body.
  • Reduce morning sickness, nausea and lack of appetite, indigestion, and reflux.
  • Reduce stress, promote relaxation and lower cortisol, the stress hormone.
  • Release muscle tension and address restrictions in the diaphragms that contribute to discomfort.
  • Regulate blood pressure and decrease varicose veins.
  • Increases blood and lymph circulation and improves immunity.
  • Relieve stress on weight-bearing joints (ankles, low back, pelvis, wrists, hips and knees)
  • Facilitate and prepare the body for the labor process by releasing physical and emotional tension that may blocks or delay labor.
  • Improves natural childbirth outcomes and prepare for a VBAC.
  • Re-integrate and support the pelvis and uterus during the postpartum.

Specific Conditions that may be helped with an integration of treatments:

  • Group B Strep, Bacterial Infections, Kidney stones
  • Common colds, coughs, skin issues, rashes and hives
  • Nausea, gallbladder problems, constipation, reflux and indigestion
  • Threatened miscarriage or habitual miscarriage, bleeding during pregnancy
  • Rib pain, Sciatica, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • C-section healing and recovery
  • VBAC support

Dr. Deanine is a nationally accredited instructor and developer of the Integrative Pregnancy Massage Certification for massage therapists and Acupuncture Physicians. She has certified practitioners in the techniques of Integrative Pregnancy Massage. Dr. Deanine is committed to assisting you in achieving a natural and healthy pregnancy every step of the way and supporting your ideal pregnancy and birth experience.


Did you know that birth is a process that involves both you and your baby? Did you know that you have choices in childbirth?  Whether you are deciding on a hospital, birthing home or home birth, attempting a VBAC, having your first baby or repeating a cesarean-you can have an empowered, conscious and safe birth.
Delayed or slow-to-progress labor can present an anxious situation for a woman who is preparing for a birth in any setting.  Often the first childbirth can be an impatient time especially if the due date passes and induction is needed.  In subsequent births, the pressure to go into labor by or even before the due date can make the expectant mother impatient and nervous.  Feeling hopeless in the situation only increases fear and worry which can create more stress and blocks the process.

Fortunately, there are solutions to getting labor started that are safe, effective and have worked for many women.  Acupuncture or acupressure, CranioSacral therapy and homeopathy are gentle, effective and safe methods for naturally encouraging and supporting labor that are free of side effects.  For women who are not particularly fond of needles-a needle-less approach is available and can be equally effective.

After determining if you are an ideal candidate for a labor-encouraging treatment, you will be safely positioned and led thru a process of breathing exercises and relaxation techniques that will help to lower the stress hormone cortisol which may undermine the labor process.  Depending on your unique presentation, a combination of massage and acupressure points will be stimulated that are traditionally used for helping to initiate menses.  Many women experience the onset of labor after the treatment session.  If you are pursuing a VBAC (Vaginal Birth after cesarean) several sessions can be a proactive method of facilitating and preparing you and your baby for your labor process.