Prenatal / Postnatal

 

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At The Wellness Clinic we can support you right through your fertility journey, through pregnancy to the postnatal period and beyond. We recognise the childbearing years can be the most overwhelming years of your life. The rollercoaster of hormones and emotions that surround motherhood need careful attention.

We are sensitive to the needs of mothers and mothers-to-be and support all mothers no matter what choices they make. There is no judgement here.

Niamh had three planned home births and understands how important it is to be mentally prepared for labour and birth. She is still breastfeeding and has experienced many highs and lows (and mastitis) and is confident coaching other mothers and mothers-to-be.

So whether you are TTC, or had that BFP and now need some TLC before your EDD, or maybe you are a sleep-deprived new mother needing some support, please contact Niamh to see how she can help you.

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Niamh can tailor an individual plan to optimise your health at this time, so you have the energy and resources to deal with whatever comes your way. Her recommendations can make your life easier and take the stress out of food and lifestyle choices. She can coach you until you feel confident to go it alone, see this testimonial on how she helped a recent new mother below.

“Niamh has been fairy guide-mother for the past year!! My partner and I wanted to start a family during the summer of last year (2015). I was quite nervous about my ability to have children because there are fertility issues in my family. I was only 24 and knew that I had a good chance but a little voice in the back of my head was still there telling me that I wouldn’t be able. Niamh was a huge help to me. A guru. A huge support and a font of knowledge. She educated me about my menstrual cycle in a way that I never knew about. She helped me to know all the physical signs of ovulation and about getting to know my own body. Invaluable stuff. She gave me some great tips about relaxing and unwinding whilst trying to conceive which I found really useful when I was having negative automatic thoughts. My partner and I stopped using contraception At the end of July and I found out I was pregnant at the start of September. AMAZING. She was a huge support to me throughout the pregnancy giving me so much information and reading about breastfeeding, birth and being a mother. By the time I had nearly reached full gestation, I couldn’t have felt more prepared. I had planned a no intervention natural, hypnobirth but it didn’t work out the way I planned. A lot of complications happened on the day and it led to an emergency Caesarean section. Niamh supported me through it all telling me that I did a wonderful job and that was strong. In that moment, I really needed to hear that! Above all of this, her breastfeeding advice and support was formidable. After our tricky birth, I found breastfeeding quite challenging because I was in so much pain, shock and trauma after my birth. My beautiful son was so great at it though. A real natural. The midwives kept telling me he had a great latch. For the first few weeks, I couldn’t get my head around how demanding the whole thing was and that there was a tiny person hanging out of my boob for what Felt like 24 hours a day!! She assured me. She encouraged me. She told me it would get easier. At times, I didn’t believe her. But it did. She would explain what was going on. It could be a growth spurt, it could be comfort, it could be your smell, your warmth. She told me “he’s learning and you are too”. That really helped me. I was absolutely loving it one minute and hating it the next. Kind of like parenting eh? She would gently remind me of its benefits for me and for him and to take it day by day and that is what I have been doing ever since. I can’t recommend her highly enough.” L.L. Dublin 8

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Clients not needing 1:1 support may enjoy our regular URBANMAMA self-care workshops in our beautiful holistic centre in Dublin 8.

Or you may like a Mother Blessing ceremony rather than a traditional baby shower. This is a special rite of passage honouring the mother-to-be, please see our Mother blessing brochure here.

So give us a call today on 086 1047417 and let’s discuss what you need and how we can get you there.

Niamh O’Connell

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