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I’m very excited to be able to share that this year I will be involved in a study that is looking at the role of massage in caring for women pregnant after a stillbirth. The details of the study are below, please share with anyone you think may be interested.

Instagram tile explaining details of the study. There is a woman in a pink wrap around dress holding her pregnant belly.

Are you currently pregnant after experiencing a previous pregnancy loss after 20 weeks? 

We are looking for women to participate in a clinical feasibility study titled Mixed-methods single-arm repeated measures study evaluating the feasibility of massage as an adjunct approach to care for pregnant women who have experienced a stillbirth

Specialised antenatal care for women experiencing pregnancy after a stillbirth (pregnancy loss after 20 weeks) is recommended, however, there is a lack of direct evidence on what specific interventions or approaches to care might benefit women. Massage may assist women who are pregnant after a stillbirth via decreasing anxiety, worry and stress. The team of Dr Sarah Fogarty & Professor Phillipa Hay from Western Sydney University, Professor Alexander Heazell, from the University of Manchester and Associate Professor Munk from Indiana University aim to measure the feasibility of massage as an adjunct approach to care for pregnant women who have experienced a stillbirth. 

You are eligible if:

  •   Are currently pregnant and have experienced a previous pregnancy loss after 20 weeks
  •   Are 18 years of age or greater
  •   Between 13 and 30 weeks of pregnancy
  •   Are able to attend one of the study pregnancy massage therapists’ clinics located within Australia
  •  Able to complete four treatment appointments within a four month period

You will receive: A minimum of four free massage treatments within a four month period at intervals of your choosing

Study Locations In-person appointments available at: ACT: Canberra and surrounds including Queanbeyan, Jerrabomberra & Googong NSW: Bathurst, Croydon Park, Marrickville & Uralla NT: Coconut Grove QLD: Bardon, Glass House Mountains, Norman Park, North Brisbane, Toowoomba & Wulguru SA: Allenby Gardens, Gawler, Hendon & Highbury TAS: Riverside VIC: Boronia, Croydon, Gardenvale, Plenty, Richmond, & Williams Landing WA: Aveley

If you’re unsure if you meet the requirements, you would like more information or you would like to participate, please contact  Dr Sarah Fogarty, PhD Chief Investigator at [email protected][email protected] or 0405 078 914 

This study has ethics approval from Western Sydney University Human Ethics Committee: H15261