Leah’s protocols during pregnancy have been designed to help mothers and their babies during this rapid period of growth and development. Particular focus is placed on the nutritional status of the mother and is modified as the pregnancy progresses. Each trimester has specific nutritional objectives and requirements and has been developed to support the mother and baby. It fosters mutual enjoyment of each of the changes and provides sufficient material to help her baby grow to meet its potential.
Leah has an extensive pregnancy referral network to help you with every aspect of your pregnancy journey. This includes the ability for referrals to childbirth educators, midwives, doulas, birth centres, obstetricians and other pregnancy specialists.
Labour Preparation and Support
During the last trimester, many expectant parents begin to prepare for the much-anticipated birth of their future child. When the moment finally arrives, it is important to know what to expect. Whilst every birth is different, labour is separated into three distinct phases, early, active and transition. Each phase has it’s own distinct characteristics. How fast each phase will go, or how tolerable the process will be will vary from woman to woman. These phases of labour create reference points, and, it is important for expectant mothers to recognise the characteristics of each.
Birth preparation enables you to actively prepare your body for the upcoming arrival of your little one. It ensures that your health is optimised, that your nutritional needs are met, that complications are prevented and that your recovery will be optimised. Furthermore it aims to improve the health and wellbeing of your child.
The beauty of engaging Leah’s support is that we will help you to make conscious changes to improve this experience and provide useful strategies to cope with each phase. Furthermore, she provides support for expectant partners and give them tools to help mothers journey through this transition as easily as possible.
Post Natal and Breastfeeding Support
Following delivery of one’s child Mums can feel depleted and worn out. Leah’s support for the post natal period provides guidance and specific treatment recommendations to help Mums enjoy this process. It promotes ease of breastfeeding and encourages greater bonding between Mother and child.
The perfect scenario often sounds something like the following:
You have the perfect pregnancy, no problems, no concerns and your baby grows perfectly. You then have the perfect labour – long enough so you feel comfortable with its pace but short enough so that you only have to be in the final stages for a short time. Supportive and loving people surround you; you feel comfortable and trust your body. Then your beautiful baby makes its appearance into the world. It is placed on your belly and moves up towards your breast, attaches and suckles. You feel this incredible feeling of deep connection with your child and the journey of breastfeeding begins.
Breastfeeding is a natural process. Above all, it is an incredible bonding experience between mothers and their children. It encourages the development of the mother’s instinct and helps her trust her body and her innate wisdom to care for her child. Furthermore, it helps babies connect and bond with their parents. From a health perspective breastfeeding is the ideal nutritional and immunological super-food. It is biochemically unique and specific to the needs of your child. On a practical level, it is convenient, economical and does not require heating. It’s the perfect package to care for the baby as it develops.
Unfortunately breastfeeding is not possible for some women due to choice or individual circumstances. Leah understands this with no judgement. She is able to work with you and your personal decision. There are wonderful strategies and modifications one can make to improve the ability to breastfeed successfully. Alternatively, if baby formula is chosen Leah will be able to advise and support you to make the best decisions for you and your child.