with Julie McBurney

Reiki in Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum is timely and impactful...

As a Birth Doula using Reiki with her clients, Julie has found it very rewarding. It is such a nourishing way to support women through their pregnancy and labor. It has given her more confidence knowing that she has another tool that is successfully helpful in create a positive birthing experience.

This loving energy flows gently through Julie to the mother, supporting her not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Reiki soothes and relaxes, balances the energy field, and supports the body's natural ability to heal itself. It is non intrusive, non-manipulative, safe, gentle and effective way to promote healing. Reiki compliments other forms of alternative and conventional health care.

Reiki can help release fears and an anxiety in a woman who is unsure of herself and her body as childbirth approaches or who worries about motherhood. Empowering women in their journey to a less painful or even pain free birth by breaking free from the fear-tension-pain cycle. Reiki can also be used to ease postpartum depression and anxiety or heal from a traumatic birth by working with the energetic root of these issues.  

Reiki is also helpful for mothers that have been working through breastfeeding difficulties; it helps to reconnect you with your child. It helps ease the stress in both mother and child which promotes many beneficial effects like good milk production, let down, good latch, and confidence in your ability to nurture your baby and yourself.

 It is completely safe from pre-conception to pregnancy to birth, as well as post-natal period. Reiki is a wonderful gift to expectant mothers and their babies. In early pregnancy it can reduce many of the common discomforts such as exhaustion, nausea, and release stress. Throughout pregnancy, Reiki can support the mother's body as she grows and changes, and can give relief to issues such as lower back pain, tension in the neck and shoulders, and insomnia.  Relieved of some of the physical and emotional discomforts of pregnancy, the expectant mother will sleep more soundly, feel more relaxed, and connected with her baby.

 During labor, Reiki is effective in easing pain and muscular tension, can help lower blood pressure, aid in relaxation to help move stalled labor, and creating a peaceful atmosphere for which to labor and birth in.

Reiki can be especially helpful for:

  •     Preparing for natural birth
  •     Reducing Stress
  •     Reducing or eliminating pain
  •     Overdue labor
  •     Preparing for a surprise Cesarean Birth
  •     Working with Breech presentation
  •     VBAC preparation
  •     Preparing to give birth again after a previous traumatic birth
  •     Preparing to give birth as a survivor of sexual assault or abuse
  •     Getting stalled labor moving again
  •     Someone with a history of long labor Reconnecting mind with body
  •     Postpartum Depression
  •     Recovery from traumatic birth
  •     Shortening healing time
  •     Recovering from pregnancy loss
  •     Working with fertility
  •     Improving self confidence

The Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut conducted tests during pregnancy involving the use of just the simplest form of Reiki.

These showed

        Reduced stress and anxiety during pregnancy by 94%
        Reduced pain by 78%
        Nausea and morning sickness were reduced by 80%
        Quality of sleep was improved by 86%

 A typical Reiki session is about an hour long. A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Many will feel heat emanating from the practitioner's hands, similar to a heating pad. Some commonly feel cold emanating from the hands over a sprain or where there is swelling. Others feel a tingling sensation or notice that pain they had dissipates while receiving Reiki. The practitioner will place hands on your clothed body in the ways you can see below.


reiki hand positions

Read a couple of articles about Reiki during pregnancy or the experiences from Mother's.

Contact Julie to set up a Reiki session, or have any questions answered.