The following points delineate the use of CFT with the prenatal population. In creating these guidelines for our CFT graduates, our primary concern is for the safety of the baby and mother.
- CFT training alone is NOT sufficient for practitioners to begin working on the prenatal population. Only with proper prenatal credentialing might CFT practitioners incorporate this modality. They must strictly adhere to all guidelines, precautions, and contraindications from their prenatal training. This includes areas of the body to avoid and proper positioning of the patient at different stages of pregnancy. Currently, no Gillespie Approach course addresses the application of CFT for pregnant women.
- Consistant with the massage therapy laws in many US states, CFT for pregnant women may begin ONLY after week thirteen. Natural, spontaneous miscarriages during the first trimester need not be connected to a CFT session.
- Once a pregnancy progresses safely past the thirteenth week, the client’s OB/GYN or midwife must clear her for bodywork before EVERY CFT session.
- CFT is NOT a technique to turn a breech baby or initiate an overdue delivery. A skilled CFT professional always listens to the body and NEVER uses force.