pregnancy

Pregnancy & Postnatal Care in Leichhardt

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.

Massage for Pregnancy and Labour

Having a massage throughout your pregnancy can relief any pain, tension or discomfort felt, relaxing the mind and body.  The body is forever changing in pregnancy, and after birth.  Both prenatal and postnatal massage focuses on those changes.  From the 38th week of pregnancy until you birth your baby we recommend massage, we find this gives your body a gentle yet effective way to encourage labour.  By relaxing the mindbody, emotions are released and blockages are cleared.  Helping with postural issues, preparing muscles for labour, and alleviating any pain or anxiety.

Benefits of massage:

  • Caring touch, emotional support
  • Relieves cramping, wrestles legs and headaches
  • Postural aches and pains are relieved
  • Relief for weight bearing joints – hips, knees, and ankles
  • Congested sinuses and swelling reduced
  • Ligament and sciatic pain, back, pelvis and neck released

Acupuncture for Pregnancy and Natural Labour Induction

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 treat common pregnancy related complaints.

Preventing Miscarriage and Ectopic Pregnancy

Acupuncture is effective for preventing threatened miscarriage, recurrent or helping prevent an ectopic pregnancy. It increases blood circulation to the uterus, helping with successful implantation. It fosters healthy follicle and uterine lining development. Supplying adequate circulation to the fetus, supplying the fetus with essential nutrients for growth and development.  Calming the mind and body, decreasing stress and anxiety.

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 reduces and relieves nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, harmonising the digestive organs and reducing levels of stress.

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 harmonies the stomach and digestive system, relieving heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, bloating, stomach issues and regulates your bowels.

Restoring the Nervous System for Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia and Fatigue

We use Acupuncture to calm your nervous system, helping you to adjust your mental state, providing you with sleep, calm, and rejuvenating your body.  The demands of impending parenthood can cause worry, anxiety and depression.  We work with you, treating the mind and body, getting to the root of the problem, restoring sleep cycles, allowing you to feel rested and ready to take on the world.

Repositioning Baby – 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. Moxibustion is used for turning babies, this stimulates acupuncture points with heat, which encourages the fetus to turn.  We use acupuncture to relieve stress, anxiety and provide emotional support.

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

Osteopathy for Mother and Baby

Osteopathy eases the discomforts of pregnancy, prepares you for labour, and helps mother and baby recover after birth. Treating common discomforts associated with pregnancy, from the 20th week, the uterus becomes heavier and takes up more space in abdomen. This may cause backache, neck ache, headache, bodily aches and fatigue.  As baby fills the abdomen the intestines are pushed up, lower ribs flare to create more space, this can cause heartburn, nausea and shortness of breath. There is an increase in weight and shift in the centre of gravity, body strength and flexibility.  Postnatal depression can be a result from the sacrum being pulled out of position during labour and birth.  The sacrum is connected to the meninges, the covering s of the brain and spinal cord, this can effect how mum feels making her teary, and feeling out of sorts.

During labour baby has been squashed, pulled, and twisted, this can result in problems with sleep, feeding, settling and crying.  If issues are not rectified from an early age conditions can become worse and result in behavioural, sleep, recurrent illness and infections of the chest and ears. Headaches, difficulty with concentration.

For Mum:

  • Reduces pain and inflammation, helps with labour
  • aids with optimal fetal positioning, posterior, breech babies
  • Generalised pain, back, neck, pelvic, leg or sciatica
  • Rib and thoracic pain causing breathlessness, and difficulty breathing
  • Muscle tightness, joint issues
  • Pelvic instability, past injury pain
  • Headache, nausea
  • Postnatal recovery – sore muscles, fatigue, rebalances pelvis
  • Breastfeeding – neck and shoulder pain, optimises milk flow, reduces mastitis
  • Lymphatic drainage – reduces swelling, improves circulation

Cranial Osteopathy

This is an extremely gentle way of inducing labour by triggering hormones within the brain.  It aids with jaw, neck or toothache and headache.  It is used for neuromuscular function in babies and children.

Used for:

  • Suckling and latching on for baby
  • Irritability & Colic
  • Disturbed sleep pattern
  • Excessive Crying
  • Problems with turning head one way
  • Dislikes tummy time
  • Difficulties learning to roll over
  • Constipation

Pregnancy Mentor, 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, but she also was able to offer her knowledge and expertise in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

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 Leichhardt with Melinda Webb

We have Calmbirth classes available for groups or as individuals in Leichhardt. 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 $495 for group sessions or $695 for a private class.  Places are limited so book early to secure your place.  All classes are held in the clinic in Leichhardt.  Bookings can be made online, just hit the book here circle.  For more information call Mel 0413 287 799.

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