Leslie Stager will give a talk on how nurturing touch improves the lives of mothers, their babies and their partners.

Her free presentation, Benefits of Nurturing Touch During Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum, will be held Wednesday, July 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Picker Family Resource Center on the Pen Bay Medical Center campus.

A second workshop will be held the following week a three-hour Massage and Acupressure for Birth class, Wednesday, July 31, from 5 to 8 p.m.

On July 24, Stager will use discussion and images to demonstrate the hormonal, physical and developmental benefits of nurturing touch. She will teach two acupressure points that can help alleviate pain, reduce anxiety, speed labor and improve a woman’s overall pregnancy and birth experience. The July 24 presentation is free, but registration is requested. Please call 596-8950 to register.

The July 31 class will provide more specific, easy to learn skills and tools for supporting women during labor. To register and for costs for the July 31 class or for additional information, visit TouchForBirth.com.

Stager is an internationally-recognized pregnancy massage educator who worked for 10 years as a maternity nurse, childbirth educator and doula. She has taught her maternity massage certification program and classes in Oregon and around the world since 1992. Stager is author of the textbook “Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy,” instructor of the DVD “Mastering Pregnancy Massage,” and producer of the “MotherTouch” DVDs.