Pregnancy Massage Diploma

Our unique Pregnancy Massage Diploma includes techniques for pregnancy, labour & post partum.

Gain confidence massaging your pregnant clients and teach their partners how to support them with massage during labour.

This very practical, skills based course enables you to work confidently with pregnant women. Assessing with care, selecting techniques and positions that are appropriate, relevant, effective and safe for each stage of pregnancy & post partum. Always ask the question ‘why?’ – explore and clarifying the answers. You will massage 2 pregnant women during the course.

Entry Criteria:

  • The course is designed for qualified massage therapists or aromatherapists. Ideally with at least 6 months experience in practice.
  • Participants need access to pregnant clients between the two workshops to consolidate skill and knowledge through case studies.

More about the course:

During our Pregnancy Massage Diploma: You will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of nurturing touch throughout pregnancy. These are times when massage can be particularly beneficial and supportive to a woman, physically and emotionally. However, many initial Massage training covers pregnancy very briefly or not at all, and some students are even left feeling that pregnancy is a contraindication – without even being given any reason. We will sort myth from truth.

A thorough exploration of the anatomy, physiology and psychology of pregnancy is included. Comfortable and safe positioning of the pregnant client and new mother. The use of massage and bodywork techniques particularly relevant to each trimester of pregnancy and special issues (physical and emotional) that may arise.

Benefits of and techniques for massage in labour and post partum (after the birth) massage will also be covered.



To qualify in the Pregnancy Massage Diploma and to ensure your full understanding and safe practice, you will need to see four pregnant mothers a minimum of four times each. Present your records of these sessions within 6 months of the last day of your course.

The case studies overall should show:

  • A good spread over the trimesters, especially 2nd and 3rd.
  • At least two post partum sessions (out of the total, not per person).
  • At least one session where the father to be or birth partner is present in order to learn some simple positive touch and massage techniques for use at the end of pregnancy and in labour itself.


Present a project on an area relating to pregnancy and bodywork which has interested you during the course.  As a guideline this should be between 3-5,000 words but quality rather than quantity is key. The purpose of the project is to provide an opportunity for you to explore and bring to life a topic related to the course. Something that you feel inspired you to study in greater depth than it has been possible to do on the course.

Support from your tutor will be available between modules. As well as during the case studies and project period. Therefore giving you the opportunity to receive on-going advice from the expert.

Massage in Pregnancy Diploma

4th & 5th October Part One
8th & 9th November Part Two

CPD: 28 points awarded by the APNT

Full Course Fee: £395

Exam Fee: £95

Deposit required to reserve a place: £95

Balance One due 4th July 2018: £150

Balance Two due 4th September 2018: £150

Tutor: Katie Whitehouse

Sadly we cannot refund your deposit. If a minimum of 4 weeks notice is given, the deposit can then be transferred to another course. Your deposit will confirm your place on the course and your commitment to training. In the unusual event that you do not wish to complete the course the full balance of course fees is still payable.


Pregnancy Massage Diploma: Nurturing touch.
Pregnancy Massage Diploma: Side Lying techniques..

Katie Whitehouse is a leading figure in the field of pregnancy massage, she has over 20 years’ experience specializing in Pregnancy Massage; as well as in training massage therapists and midwives. She is the founding director of Vital Touch range of organic essential oils and massage oils and the Natalia range of natural products for pregnancy, birth and parents. Her mission is to communicate the benefits of positive touch in every day life.

Since the Massage in Pregnancy course I have been using the side lying position a lot. Not just with pregnant women but also people who are frail and cannot move easily or get comfortable in supine or prone. It works much better for shoulder massages and for contacting large areas of the body at the same time. The best effect is for those needing emotional support, lying on their side makes people who are depressed or frightened feel very safe.


Sally Reynolds, Massage Therapist and Aromatherapist, Winchester,

Pregnancy Massage Diploma: Students loved it!

Katie is an inspirational teacher, with a wealth of knowledge which she loves to share. She brings the subject to life and has an interest and deep understanding of both the physical and emotional well being of her clients. She inspired me many years ago on my journey with bodywork and she continues to inspire today.

Emma Gilmore: Director School of Bodywork.

I undertook the Pregnancy Diploma with the amazing Katie Whitehouse (I found her mesmerising) and was pleased to receive my practical exam results today from the APNT. Not only did they send me my result – a very respectable 87% – but also 4 paragraphs of personal, encouraging and constructive feedback from both the tutor and my Mum-to-be. No single sheet with just your percentage. Really rounded correspondence from the APNT. It really did leave me feeling on top of the world. So, so lovely.

Tracie Whitefield.

Very friendly staff and lovely atmosphere. well worth traveling for.

Jane Manley