Pregnancy Consultations at the Zita West Clinic
This approach aims to help you make the vital connections between your mind – your body – and your baby. All three can be strongly affected by one another and so what goes on in your head – whether you are stressed and anxious, or calm and relaxed – then affects the way that your body functions. Of course, when you are pregnant, this can affect your growing baby. So negative emotions, lack of sleep and poor nutrition can dramatically affect not just you, but your baby too. However, we want to give you and your baby the best chance to optimise your well-being during pregnancy.
An Innovative Approach to antenatal care
The way that you (and your partner) feel during your pregnancy – whether for example, you are tired, stressed or anxious – can have a real impact not just on you and your relationship, but on your baby too. At the Zita West Clinic we have years of experience working with pregnant women and their partners, and often with those who have become pregnant in difficult circumstances. We know that pregnancy can bring with it a whole host of worries and fears alongside all those feelings of joy and elation. With this in mind, we have assembled a team of highly experienced midwives and complementary therapists to help you along in your pregnancy.
You are your baby’s world and you can shape that world even prior to conception. What your baby experiences in the womb may affect his or her future health outlook, experiences and who he or she ultimately becomes. From the food you eat, the connections you form with him or her in utero, to how you cope with your emotions and reactions to stress, you have an amazing opportunity to make a difference. There is now a whole body of evidence showing that preparation for pregnancy, childbirth and beyond pays real dividends
Our team of Zita West midwives are here to provide a knowledgeable and supportive complement to your usual GP and NHS midwife service, guiding you confidently through the maze of services available both through the NHS and privately. We can give you that extra time and space to answer all your questions and help you to make informed choices about your care. We can be your sounding board, an experienced hand to hold and a reassuring constant through your pregnancy and early days with your new baby.
As soon as your pregnancy is confirmed, you will see us for an initial consultation. During the appointment, we can talk to you about the midwifery services, both NHS and private, and explain how the system works and what you can expect in the way of care. Your midwife can help you think about what type of care would suit you best throughout your journey and how to get the ball rolling. You will be informed about the tests and scans that you are entitled to and answer all your questions about diet and exercise.
Pregnancy after IVF
Many of the women we see who have had IVF at our clinic are delighted to be pregnant and know everything about fertility but little about pregnancy. Although thrilled, many feel very anxious about the time ahead and want support and hand holding through there pregnancies.
We are able to offer midwife consultations and complementary therapies to help as your pregnancy progresses:
Midwife Support during the First Trimester
The first trimester of pregnancy can often be an anxious time for mothers-to-be, and it’s also when many of the hugely dramatic changes of pregnancy occur in a woman’s body. Pregnancy hormones will be surging through your system and may throw you somewhat “off-balance” for a while. One of our Consultant Midwives will be on hand to ensure that your pregnancy is developing exactly as it should be, giving you the expert reassurance you need that both you and baby are healthy.
She will help to prepare you for each step of the way by reviewing your medical history and discussing in detail your plans for pregnancy and birth. You will be given advice on coping with the tiredness and morning sickness so common in early pregnancy and provided with essential advice on nutrition and all the dos and don’ts.
The first twelve weeks of pregnancy are when your developing baby is at its most vulnerable, so you need to know what to avoid doing, eating, taking, or being exposed to through environmental hazards. You will also learn ways to manage stress and create a tranquil environment for your baby, through simple techniques such as using visualization.
Nutrition During Pregnancy - Laying Down Foundations
We have an expert team of Nutritionists who can look at your diet, including vitamin and mineral intake, and how you can improve not just at the start of pregnancy but as the needs of you and your baby change, trimester by trimester.
The 1st Trimester is when your baby will develop most rapidly, with his or her organs and body systems forming, hence why good nutrition is absolutely crucial at this stage. Most expectant parents know about the importance of taking Folic Acid to prevent neural tube defects in babies such as spina bifida, but how many know of the vital need for the right balance of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), Choline, or Protein?
In the 2nd Trimester you will need to help your baby to build strong bones and teeth, so you need a proper balance of Calcium, Vitamin D as well as minerals such as Magnesium, Phosphorus and Manganese.
In the 3rd Trimester you have a great window of opportunity to boost your baby’s brain by stimulation and by ensuring a good supply of “smart” fats.
We can advise you on the best ways to eat a nutrition-packed diet that is perfectly suited to your baby at every stage of your pregnancy. We will also help you to build up your energy stores to prepare for the physical rigors of birth and advise you on the best nutrition in the immediate period after your baby’s arrival. This is when you will need to regain your strength and boost your body’s resources for breastfeeding.
Fee: £130 per consultation
Our Nutritionists will also advise on the nutritional supplements to take during each stage of pregnancy as the requirements of you and your bay change. Check out our Online Nutritional Supplement guide for help on selecting the supplements that are typically recommended for each stage of pregnancy or visit our shop for the products we have specifically developed for each Trimester.
Pregnancy counselling provides time and space for you to explore your feelings and emotions around your pregnancy and how this may be impacting on you and your relationships. The counsellor acts as a knowledgeable sounding-board, helping you to test out ways to manage your situation. Counselling can help you cope with issues such as:
• Anxiety and stress in the early stages of pregnancy.
• The impact of pregnancy after previous miscarriages, pregnancy loss or previous traumatic birth experiences.
• Ante-natal depression.
• Relationship difficulties.
• The pressures of work, friends or family.
Fee: £120 per session
Acupuncture during Pregnancy
We find many women want to have acupuncture during their pregnancies. Research suggests that it may help with lots of common issues though, as with most research into complementary therapies generally, there isn’t enough of it to definitely prove (or disprove) its efficacy. However, we are firm believers that it really can work.
Many ailments during pregnancy are considered par for the course, and many women worry about taking medication. Our Acupuncture program starts at the beginning of pregnancy and many of our women carry on with treatment throughout their pregnancies and experience a greater sense of well-being.
Our highly experienced team of acupuncturists treat many women during pregnancy, particularly in relation to:
- Morning Sickness
If you can’t make it to the clinic we have a nationwide network of Zita West Affiliated Acupuncturists who you can also turn to.
Acupuncture in preparation for labour
As with the use of acupuncture for fertility and conception, such research that exists on its efficacy during pregnancy is also limited. Nevertheless, we have had very positive experiences with it and many of our clients choose to have acupuncture on a weekly basis from 36 weeks on in the lead up to birth to help with issues such as tiredness, energy levels, backaches, sciatica, pelvic pain, preparation of the cervix and for induction if they go over their dates. It has also been used to help babies to move into the optimal foetal position, which can reduce the duration of childbirth and labour pain.
Fee: £75 per session
Hypnosis during Pregnancy
We use hypnosis a lot to make mind and body at one with your baby. Hypnosis for birth is rapidly becoming one of the most popular methods for reducing childbirth pain and making birth a natural peaceful experience. The mind and body are inextricably linked and pain is usually caused by fear and tension. During a three part course we will teach both partners self hypnosis techniques to promote relaxation which in turn will release any tension. The result will be that your labour and birth will be a more comfortable, calm and positive experience.
What are the benefits of Hypnosis for birth?
- Reduces Fear – Tension – Pain syndrome
- Eliminates or reduces the need for chemical pain relief
- Labour may be shortened by several hours
- Labour fatigue is eliminated so the mother will have energy for birthing
- Fewer breech presentations
- Babies are shown to cry less, sleep and feed better and are generally calmer
- More rapid post-natal recovery
What does hypnosis feel like?
The experience of hypnosis feels as if you are neither fully awake nor completely asleep. It is a state of being deeply relaxed yet having focused concentration where you are able to communicate suggestions to your subconscious mind. This part of your mind influences how we think, how we feel, and the choices we make. It can actually control pain. When you are having your baby using Hypnosis for birth techniques it feels a bit like daydreaming or staring at a fire. You will be able to chat and you will be in good spirits. You will be aware of your body’s contractions and you will release endorphins (the body’s natural anaesthesia) which will replace the stress hormones that create pain.
28 Weeks: Primary Level Hypnosis for Birth
We will teach you how to manage and maintain your Mind–Body connection through trance and how you can understand and assimilate a birth experience through trance states. You will learn further anchoring and visualization techniques during labour and learn about “Team birthing” – where you, your baby and partner work together to achieve the best outcome.
32 Weeks: Secondary Level Hypnosis for birth
You will learn how to connect to deeper trance levels for better management of contractions. Your Mind–Body connection will be enhanced to help you to flatten your pelvic bones to create a more flexible pathway for birth. At this stage you will also learn how to set up the projection of the birthday of your baby and visualize the reality of your baby’s arrival.
36 Weeks: Further Hypnosis for birth
You can learn specific hypnosis instruction for Caesarean Births to help you to connect with your baby before and after the procedure. You will also set up the projection for your baby’s birthday and visualize your personal reality.
Fee: £120 per hour