We aim to educate, empower and support you throughout your pregnancy so that you can take a more active role in your own health care and achieve your goals for labour, birth and parenting.
Pregnancy

Our naturopaths can recommend natural and practical steps to contribute positively to a healthy pregnancy. We believe healthy people make healthy babies and consequently your health, lifestyle and environment take on even more significance during pregnancy. Of course, the information out there about what not to do, not to eat and not to be exposed to is all so overwhelming when you first discover you are pregnant. Our naturopaths are experts at helping women navigate the often confusing information received in pregnancy. We aim is to educate, empower and support you through out your pregnancy so that you can take a more active role in your own health care.

Of course, you are what you eat – a principal never so important as during pregnancy. Your nutritional needs escalate during pregnancy and remain the highest of your life until you stop breastfeeding! For example, we know that if your diet is lacking in certain B vitamins, and/or iron, that the quality of your blood will suffer and you may become anaemic (affecting your baby’s development, your energy and even your birth outcomes – anaemia can cause hemorrhage at birth). We also know that exposure to certain toxic substances can cause cellular damage – possibly affecting your fertility and the health of your baby.

Good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle before and during pregnancy can make the difference between health and illness and supports the general constitution of your child for life. Ensuring optimal nutrition and health during your pregnancy helps you to be as healthy as possible, minimises risk of complications during pregnancy, birth and early parenting and supports you to nurture and birth the healthiest baby, setting your child up for the best start to a healthier life.

Of course pregnancy can be challenging for some women with physical and emotional changes taking their toll. Our naturopaths are expert in the treatment of the common complaints and complications that can arise in pregnancy. We treat everything from pregnancy nausea to gestational diabetes, sleeplessness to cramping, constipation to migraines and lots more. Staying well and taking appropriate action at the right time with the right support will ensure you have the best possible pregnancy you can achieve.

Birth Preparation

Naturopathy can also be used to prepare for an uncomplicated labour and birth, hasten recovery, promote healthy lactation, help address some breastfeeding issues and enable smoother transition to parenthood.

Naturopathy:
  • Ensures your nutritional requirements are met before going into labour. For example, if your iron is low, there is an increased risk of haemorrhage just after birth, so we want to help ensure your nutrition is optimal.
  • Can prepare your body for the labour and birth of your baby with herbal medicine. As you approach the birth of your child a herbal mixture specifically formulated for your needs can help to ensure good muscle tone and circulation in your uterus, soften and tone your cervix, and generally assist you in your preparation for an easier, uncomplicated labour and birth. Where appropriate, your herbal medicine can also be formulated to improve your sleep, energy and any other symptoms of pregnancy you may be experiencing.
  • Can recommend a birth kit for you that may contain remedies to enhance the birth, assist with immediate post natal healing, encouraging milk flow, assist sleep and promote energy.

You can be confident that our experienced, professional and caring practitioners see pregnant and post-natal women, people with fertility/reproductive issues, and babies and children as part of their daily practice.

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Are we open during stage 4 lockdown?

  • Telehealth is available – this means your naturopathic, counselling, Chinese Herbal Medicine and birth preparation/debriefing appointments remain available via telehealth – book below.
  • Prescription naturopathic medicines are available – we are posting daily. Collections available ONLY to those of you who live within a 5km radius to our clinic. We will pass your order out the door to you for contactless pickup between 11am-1pm Monday – Saturday unless otherwise arranged with you.
  • Remedial Massage is not available for the remainder of stage 4 lockdown
  • In person Acupuncture and Osteopathic appointments are ONLY AVAILABLE to people who qualify. If you have an upcoming appointment for Acupuncture or Osteopathy your practitioner will be in contact with you to discuss if you qualify. If you are a new patient seeking help please follow the DHHS guidelines:
 
To avoid doubt, the DHHS provides further guidelines for permitted care as: 
  • to avoid a requirement for specialist input / review 
  • to avoid a hospital admission or emergency department presentation.

If you do not meet the above criteria, we cannot see you for in-person appointments for the remainder of the Stage 4 lockdown.

We understand how valuable your sessions are, and we are aware that this will be very difficult for some patients.  In the current health crisis that has swept our state, we must all act accordingly to minimise potential risk. 
 

Thank you for your patience, kindness and support for us as we manoeuver around this constantly changing situation.

Call our usual number – 03 9419 9988 for assistance.

We will keep this notification updated with any changes as they occur.

Remember – please do not enter our clinic at all, unless you’re here for the in person consult that you qualify for.

Referral Required

All patients will need to have on hand a GP or medical specialist referral to be able to access in person Acupuncture & Osteopathy at Fertile Ground Health Group during Stage 4 Lockdown.

Remedial Massage is no longer available.

Naturopathic consults via telehealth and posted prescription medicines remain available.

We will keep this notification updated with any changes as they occur. Thank you for your understanding, patience and support.