During Pregnancy, birth and postnatally the female body undergoes significant changes which can lead to musculoskeletal discomforts as well as pelvic floor problems.
Although these problems are common they are not normal and can be treated and managed with Physiotherapy.
We are here to support you throughout your journey into motherhood. We will guide you through your recovery from a vaginal or Caesarean birth, by rehabilitating your body to help you achieve your lifestyle and exercise goals with a combination of physiotherapy, Pilates, exercise and advice.
Happy Mother’s Day xx
I am feeling grateful to be mother to these 2 Epic humans - being a mother is my greatest achievement and and set me on a career path change .
What a lovely Mother’s Day weekend I have had spent with my favorite people - I have been very spoilt and truly blessed!
🙏🏽 💗 💙❤️
This Day can be a difficult day for those who have lost - Thoughts of my Mum and my Nan’s always close on Mother’s Day.
Wishing all Mum’s, Nan’s, God- Mothers , Aunts, mums-to-be, foster mums, step-mums, fur-baby mums and those who have lost or wishing to be mums a beautiful day filled with love....
Getting my stats brain 🧠 on this weekend with Women’s health training associates .
Birth Choices course.
Looking at the research and stats to help women make more informed choices about birth.
Wishing all clients and followers a very Merry Christmas 🎄🎁🎅🏻and a happy and safe new year.
Today is the last day of classes and physio consults for 2020.
We reopen for 2021 on Saturday 9th January with the 8.30 pregnancy pilates class followed by the 10am Childbirth and parenting class with @embracingbirth_au.
Thank you to all the beautiful mums and Mums-to-be for your support this year.
A lovely evening at the launch of the 2021 @newcastle_baby magazine and @pandanational fundraiser.
It’s lovely being in a community of businesses supporting women during the childbearing year and beyond. I am thrilled to feature in this local Free magazine for the second year.
Congratulations and well done to @daniella_ruru on a job well done.
If you would like a copy I have them at the studio now. It’s jam packed with great articles and information from the Newcastle and Lake Mac birthing community.
Lovely to network with @embracingbirth_au @nourishlactation @yummumtum @poppyseedphotography_au @katekennedybirthphotography @unwindpilatesstudio @sally.marchini.apd @beauteandbe @bellayoucoaching @drjaceypryjma @rebeccaorchard_remedialmassage @theoxytocincollective @empoweredlactation_withemma @newcastle_birth_movement @newcastle_kinesiology_practice @rockmybabyhcc @timbernooknewcastle
I have just written an article for @newcastle_baby magazine about the postpartum physio check up, great to see the message is getting out there
Posted @withregram @birthtrauma.org.au When you attend your women’s health Physio appointments it is about YOU!
YOU and your birth
YOU and your body
YOU and your mental health
YOU and your goals
These are sessions that you deserve to discuss your birth, body, goals and ask any questions you may have.
Based on your body and your goals, this session may involve:
- an internal vaginal examination to assess your pelvic floor and healing. This can also determine your risk for return to exercise, strategies to assist in return to sex, and ways to maximise your pelvic health. We may do this in lying and/or in standing based on your symptoms and goals!
- ultrasound examination of your abdominal wall, core and pelvic floor to assist in understanding your tummy muscles. This can be especially important for women with abdominal separation who want to learn to use their core, determine the exact distance of separation and ability to control the separation. It also teaches strategies to assist in tensioning the gap.
- musculoskeletal examination of your muscle strength and mobility to assist in pain relief and return to exercise. This can be helpful for women who suffer from hip or back pain, breastfeeding aches and pains, or tailbone discomfort following birth.
Exercise assessment and prescription to assist in return to exercise/sport, or strategies to strengthen the body
All women deserve this assessment- not to feel forced into having further appointments or to raise concern about your pelvic floor or abdominal wall, but to be given information and options! It is your body and you get to decide what to do with it once you have the information- as long as you get the information in the first place!
There is still time to sign the change.org petition calling for Medicare subsidised physiotherapy for postpartum...
18 years ago today I transitioned from maiden to mother.
When a first baby is born a mother is born too.
Mikhaila’s birth was not as I had planned... My uncontrollable blood pressure was not responding to 2 weeks of bed rest in hospital and a lot of Labetolol.
This meant that Mikhaila was evicted ( induced) at 37 weeks.
I was told by the Medical staff I should prepare for a long Labour that would probably fail and to expect a Caesarean.
On the Sunday before her birth I was given Cervidil gel which did little more than make for a Sunday full of cramps and a night of poor sleep.
The Next morning at 8 am I was transferred to Delivery suite (without any breakfast) feeling like a lamb to the slaughter, tired and hungry.
After an artificial rupture of membranes and a Syntocinon drip I was in Labour .. it was on ... The contractions felt like zero to 80 straight away.
This was not what I had planned - I felt restricted ‘tied to the bed’ due to the drip and monitor but I did my best to move around on my ball and stay off my back.
I was determined I did not want Gas or any other pain relief , I rocked and breathed through each contraction. At the 5 hour mark the drip was about to be increased again and I asked for an epidural - I was feeling I was at my limit... I just wanted to know how much longer and how much more intense the surges would get. The Midwife told me I had hours to go yet and I felt defeated.
The Anesthetist arrived and instructed me to sit very still on the edge of the bed .... However it was extremely difficult to sit still.... I explained I could not sit due to the pressure I was feeling and the urge to push. The Anesthetist looked annoyed, she asked if I could be examined , the midwife looked and seemed shocked that I was fully dilated, the Anesthetist left the room without saying anything. So I assumed the epidural was off the cards.
The remaining Midwives in the room asked me what position I wanted to birth in ... I geared myself up for what I thought was going to be the hardest most physical part of the day.
I semi -squatted on the bed and my body took over ... 3 massive contractions later I breathed my baby out.
Continued in comments...
R U OK?
Today 10 September 2020 is RU OK day - The day we are reminded that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” if someone you know is struggling with life’s ups and downs.
Let’s face it 2020 has had more than its share of ups and downs, it has definitely been a roller coaster year.
As women and mothers we are often the glue that holds it all together finding ourselves juggling lots of balls , but it is OK to sometimes drop a ball or two and admit you are not OK or coping.
Now more than ever make your mental health a priority. Stay connected with family and friends, look out for each other and reach out if you aren’t coping.
Help is just a phone call away
Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyond blue 1300 22 4636
For expecting and new parents Panda 1300 726 306 and COPE.org.au 1300 740 397 have great resources too.
Wow this is a big week in the Women’s Health and birthing community... Being both Women’s health week and Birth Trauma awareness week.
1 in 3 women describe their birth as traumatic ... that is approximately 100 000 women a year ...
If you are struggling to recover from your birthing experience or are experiencing PTSD please seek the help you deserve to help your both your mental and physical recovery 💙
Having a birth debrief, seeing a Perinatal psychologist , contacting non for profit organizations like birthtrauma.org.au , PANDA , or cope and consulting a women’s health Physio are good places to start.
Posted @withregram • @birthtrauma.org.au To mark the beginning of birth trauma awareness week 2020, we want to acknowledge that giving birth can be a wonderful experience for most families but not all......
1 in 3 Australian women identify their birth as traumatic. Partners can experience birth-related trauma too.
This year's awareness week theme is 'Journeys' and we aim to demonstrate the unique and challenging journeys that many families face as they start parenthood.
We are #startingtheconversation with the aim to provide families a platform to speak out instead of suffering in silence. We are calling on health professionals to recognise how truly individual birth-trauma can be and hopefully encourage better support not only through the birth process but long afterwards.
Many families in our community often take a long time to have their trauma diagnosed and this may be why we see such fractured care pathways and such little recognition and support available.
We see the long-term impact of birth trauma, we see the stories that the research misses.
By raising our voices we can hopefully enable our care providers to improve trauma prevention and enable quicker diagnosis which benefits the whole family and our wider community.
If you would like to support our cause during the week or if you would like support, you can contact us; email@example.com
or sign up for our virtual fundraiser: https://fundraise.birthtrauma.org.au/event/walkntalk/