*Edited to add: Due to Government restrictions, my massage service is on hold from late March to further notice. Doula services are classed as ‘care giving services’ and are still available.*
There’s much discussion about close personal contact at the moment. Two thirds of the services I offer rely on this type of interaction. So, should you keep engaging in these services?
Short answer, is yes.
Massage has many benefits, for any person. I exclusively offer pregnancy and postpartum massage. The main two that will be relevant at this time are:
- Boosting your immune system
- Boosting feel good hormones, which boosts your mood and reduces anxiety
The following are the measures that mean you’re as safe as possible in having me come to you to provide a beautiful relaxation massage:
- I only do a max of 2 massages a day, and never back to back.
- Every piece of linen I or a client touches during my time at their house goes in the washing machine as soon as I get home, washed on the hottest, longest cycle with sufficient detergent.
- Linen is dried in the sun when possible, or in a dryer. Not left on clothes wracks for days to dry.
- I wash my hands thoroughly when I arrive, and of course when I’m finished because I have oil all over my hands!
- My massage table gets wiped down at the end of each massage with disinfectant wipes, and again when I get it out of the case at the next appointment.
- I would never come to an appointment if I felt unwell, or had had contact with a person who is positive for Covid 19.
- I contact all clients on the morning of their massage to check they’re feeling well. I’ve temporarily suspended my $30 cancellation fee.
Postpartum doula services
This virus may have seriously disrupted the support plans you had in place for your first few weeks home with bub. You may have had planned to have family come in from overseas or interstate – plans which may now be in disarray. Postpartum doulas can help restore a calm confidence to your postpartum care plans. Please get in contact if you have any questions about this service.
When it comes to hygiene when visiting for postpartum support, again, the upmost care is taken.
I would never come to an appointment if I felt unwell in any way, or knowingly had contact with a person who is positive for COVID 19. I have a back-up doula so that you will still receive the support you need if I am unable to attend.
I wash my hands thoroughly when I arrive, follow the most stringent personal hygiene for coughing and sneezing at all times, and have an existing policy of only supporting one family at a time.
Online sessions now available: Childbirth education classes, & Birth and/or Postpartum planning sessions.
These services I am able to move to a virtual format to reduce face-to-face interactions.
I’ve tweaked my content and delivery to be suitable for conducting sessions via Zoom.
Pricing for the virtual services sessions will also be reduced, because I wouldn’t incur car petrol/servicing costs:
- Face to face Childbirth education (7 hours-min 2 sessions): $350
- Virtual Childbirth education (7 hours-min 2 sessions): $275
- Face to face Birth and/or postpartum planning sessions (minimum 3 hours): $50/hour
- Virtual Birth and/or postpartum planning sessions (minimum 3 hours): $40/hour
If you have any questions about any of my services, or any of the measures I’m taking in order to protect clients, please get in contact via the Contact Me page. I’d love to chat to you.
Rachel Angelone is the founder of Your Birth Your Baby and is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Postpartum Doula and NurtureLife Pregnancy Massage Practitioner based in Melbourne. Rachel offers independent childbirth and early parenting education to pregnant families before baby arrives. Once your baby is Earth-side, she offers practical and emotional in-home support as you adjust to your new life as parents. Along both journeys she can provide relaxing and restorative massage treatments. She is also a loving wife and mother to two young girls.