Exciting research program announcement!

The Study of safety of massage during pregnancy and postpartum period

Catherine McInerney, director of Pregnancy Massage Australia, in conjunction with Dr Sarah Fogarty, Professor Phillipa Hay, and Cath Stuart of Damara Massage, are pleased to announce our involvement in research conducted through Western Sydney University, titled “Safety of massage during pregnancy and the postpartum period: a case series”. We are delighted to be part of this study which will investigate the safety of massage, provided in a clinical environment by trained and professional therapists, during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Program Summary:

Currently there is no research-related evidence on the safety of massage during pregnancy and the postnatal period. There is however anecdotal and clinical evidence that massage is safe during pregnancy when administered by a trained professional. Up to 36.8% of Australian women visit a Complementary and Alternative Medicine practitioner during pregnancy with close to half of those seeking massage (49.5%). Given that massage is a popular treatment and there is no robust research evidence on the safety of massage during pregnancy and the postpartum period this case-series study aims to evaluate the safety of massage during pregnancy and the postnatal period.

Data for the study will be collected from a cross-section of consenting pregnant or postpartum women who are receiving massage from the two participating clinics: Copeland Massage Therapy Clinic in East Malvern VIC and Damara Massage in Marrickville in NSW.  

How to get involved:

If you are interested in being involved in this study and you meet the inclusion criteria*, then we would love to hear from you. You can find out more about the study in the Participant Information Sheet here. You can also find a Participant Consent Form here. Please contact Pregnancy Massage Australia for further information.

*Inclusion criteria: 

Participants need to meet the following criteria:

  • Pregnant (during any stage of pregnancy: week 0 to before giving birth) or postpartum (from 0 weeks post birth to 6 weeks post birth).
  • 18 years of age or over
  • Consenting women
  • Receiving a massage treatment specifically for pregnancy or postpartum massage treatment.