perinatal care, alternative therapies


Medicine and Health Sciences


This paper explores the many of the alternative and naturopathic options available for pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum care and the advantages this type of care presents. The research discussed shows that many of these options can be very beneficial to the patient as well as being more accessible when travel restrictions are an issue, such as in the case of a patient living in a rural geographically isolated area. This paper discusses such therapy options as massage, music therapy, yoga, relaxation, acupuncture, acupressure, herbal remedies, hypnosis, and telecare as well as their implications for the healthcare team involved, focusing specifically on the role of the nurse in each type of therapy. Many research articles were examined and compared in order to suggest a medley of both modern medical techniques and alternative modalities of care to maximize the health status of both mother and fetus. Considerations for adapting a plan specific to a rural Alaskan setting are also reviewed.