pregnancy

Pregnancy & Postnatal Care

Pregnancy can be a bundle of joy, elation or stress and fear can peak on in causing you to worry.  We are here to offer you support and care throughout your pregnancy and for when baby goes home.  We work with you through each trimester laying down the foundations and giving you the opportunity to feel your mind and body is being nourished and cared for.  Pregnancy Care Packages are available, a great gift for the expectant mum.

Acupuncture for Pregnancy and Labour

Pregnancy is an exciting and wonderful time in your life.  There are many physical and hormonal changes that occur, it can also be a time of discomfort. Acupuncture is a safe and gentle way to help with common pregnancy related complaints.

Morning Sickness

In the first trimester of pregnancy morning sickness can be one of the first signs of pregnancy, it varies for each person in frequency, duration and intensity.  It can be due to raised HcG levels, estrogen production, emotional factors, stress and fatigue. Acupuncture may help with nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

Dreaded Constipation, Heartburn and Bloating

These issues can go from being mild to preventing sleep, daily routine and can cause unwanted stress and frustration. Acupuncture maybe be able to assist with any stomach and digestive issues, heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, or bloating.

Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia and Fatigue

We use Acupuncture as it maybe able to help with sleep.  The demands of impending parenthood can cause worry, and anxiety.  We work with you, getting to the root of the problem, allowing you to feel rested and ready to take on the world.

Breech or Posterior

Between the weeks of 29 and 32 in pregnancy, 15% of babies are in breech position (Kauppila 1975). 3-4% continue to remain in this position for labour.  Both acupuncture and moxibustion are used.

Physiotherapy for Pregnancy, Pelvic Floor and Postnatal Recovery

It is common in pregnancy to have discomfort and pain, with changing hormones causing ligament pain.  With your growing body and baby, space becomes limited, creating pelvic, lower back, hip, rib, shoulder and wrist discomfort or pain.  Pubic symphysis, round ligament pain and sciatica are commonly treated in clinic.  Using manual therapy and exercise prescription to assist with pelvic girdle pain, back pain during and after pregnancy, supporting pelvic floor muscles, the  bladder, bowel and uterus. Conservative management of pelvic floor dysfunction improves quality of life.  We provide pre and post operative pelvic floor muscle training and bladder re-education. This helps support the bladder and bowel and plays an important role in sexual sensation and function.

Areas of Interest:

  • Pelvic Floor assessment and management
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pregnancy and postnatal pelvic girdle pain
  • Bladder training
  • Stress Incontinence
  • Urge incontinence
  • Dyspareunia and Vaginismus
  • Postnatal perineal pain relating to episiotomies and tears
  • Prolapse Symptoms
  • Pregnancy related wrist pain
  • General soft tissue and musculoskeletal conditions
  • Full postnatal body assessment
  • Returning to exercise assessment

Melinda Webb offers Pregnancy and Doula Support

Melinda is a qualified Dr. Chinese medicine, Doula, Child Birth Educator and Calmbirth Practitioner.  This enables Melinda to mentor  women, and couples to achieve balance, physically, mentally and emotionally, achieving greater health and wellbeing.  As an Acupuncturist, assisting with preconception, and conception care, birth preparation, and postnatal care Melinda attends many births.

For Melinda being a Doula and Pregnancy Mentor is the perfect fit to her treatments and care, supporting women to achieve a calm, and empowered birth.  With a world of experience as a Doula and Child Birth Educator Melinda has realised no two births are the same and each is to be prepared for differently.  With knowledge gathered from being a parent of two children know in their late teens, running two family businesses and attending many births, Melinda has helped many women overcome any fear, anxiety or stresses they may have about their pregnancy and their birth.  Helping them discover how they can feel positive about their body and their birth.  As a Doula and Acupuncturist, Melinda is present during labour, delivery, performing acupressure, massage, and assisting you with breathing.  After birth when you have returned home treatments are done for postpartum recovery care, arriving ready to assess and treat with acupuncture, helping with energy and pain, lactation and emotional support during your postpartum recovery.

Contact Melinda for more information 0413 287 799 or mel@aohw.com.au.

 

 

Testimonial

“When I first fell pregnant, I was convinced that I would need to have a caesarean, as the thought of having a natural birth terrified me. Through research however, I soon realised that the benefits of having a natural birth far outweighed those of having any kind of intervention or surgery. As it was our first baby, I knew that both myself and my husband would need as much support and guidance as possible, so we decided that having a doula was the way to go. Mel was the first of several doulas we met with, and I knew instantly that I wanted her to be a part of our journey. I loved that she not only provided support as a birth coach

Throughout my pregnancy Mel was a constant source of comfort and wisdom, and by the time I reached my due date, I was very well prepared, and felt confident that we could achieve the natural birth I desired. When the day finally came I was so grateful to have Mel by my side, as she worked tirelessly to make me feel comfortable, and provided relief through acupuncture and massage.. She also made my husband feel at ease and I really felt we all worked together as a team. The birth of our baby girl was a calm and beautiful one, and with Mel’s support it was incredibly positive and empowering. I will always have Mel to thank for making my pregnancy and birth such an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

Emma Frederick 2017

Calmbirth in Rozelle with Melinda Webb

We have Calmbirth classes available for groups or as individuals in Rozelle. The best time to attend a class is between 24-34 weeks gestation, however clients have used Calmbirth when over due.  Each class provides you with techniques that become life skills.  You gain knowledge in the physiology of birth and how a woman’s body is designed to function in labour.  How to eliminate fear and tension that can inhibit labour and birth.  Simple, effective breathing techniques to relax and work with your body in labour.  For partners or birthing companions we equip them with ways to work with mum during her labour, skills that are useful pre-labour and postnatally.  As parents it provides you with insight into bonding and the developing parent/baby relationship.

Classes are held over two days, participants receive a Calmbirth book and relaxation audio tracks to assist with technique practices after the class.  The cost is $550 for group sessions or $800 for a private class.  Places are limited so book early to secure your place.  All classes are held in the clinic in Rozelle.  Bookings can be made online, just hit the book here circle.

For more information call Mel 0413 287 799.

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