pregnancy

Offering Support, Care in Sydney for a Natural Labour 

Pregnancy can be a bundle of joy, elation and stress, and fear can peek 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. We also teach the Calmbirth philosophy, giving you the tools to learn relaxation and breathing techniques in preparation for the labour and the birth of your child.

Pregnancy Care Packages are also available and a great gift for the expectant mothers.

Browse our services below, and see how we can aid you through this exciting time.

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 to help turn baby in a natural position ready for a natural labour.

Melinda Webb offers Pregnancy, Calmbirth and Doula Support

Melinda is a qualified Dr. of Chinese medicine, Doula, Child Birth Educator and Calmbirth Practitioner who practices at the Art of Health and Wellbeing.  This enables Melinda to mentor expectant mothers 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, labour induction, and postnatal care, Melinda attends many births in Sydney.

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 and natural labour where possible.  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.

If you’re considering a natural labour in Sydney, it’s important you’re well informed. If you have any questions, comments about Calmbirth or about natural labour induction, please reach out to Melinda

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 classes in Rozelle

We have Calmbirth classes available for groups or as individuals in Rozelle, just a short drive from Leichhardt and Balmain. The best time to attend a class is between 24-34 weeks gestation, however, clients have used Calmbirth when overdue, up to 38 weeks.  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 Calmbirth classes are held in the clinic in Rozelle, conveniently located for expecting parents in Annandale and Balmain.

For more information call Mel on 0413 287 799.

Contact our clinic about our Calmbirth classes

If you have any further questions about our Calmbirth classes, or if you’d like to know more about our range of services, then please contact our clinic. You can give us a call on 0413 287 799, and we’ll answer any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting with you soon during this exciting time of your life!

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