Many methods of massage and somatic therapies are both effective and safe during all periods of pregnancy when performed by a trained prenatal therapist. During pregnancy, specific techniques can reduce discomforts and concerns and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of both mother and fetus. Skilled, appropriate touch facilitates labor, shortening labor times and easing pain and anxiety. In the postpartum period, specialized techniques re-balance structure, physiology, and emotions of the new mother and may help her to bond with and care for her infant. Specialized training in the anatomy, physiology, complications, precautions, and contraindications is needed.