Over 40 and weighing your options for having a child?
Are you or someone you are related to or friends with considering an array of childbirth options, and you’re looking to understand things better for yourself?
Part of the core mission at Wellspring is to help women find natural means of achieving success in all stages of getting pregnant, being pregnant, and living well (and looking good!) after pregnancy.
We didn’t originally start out that way, but my own birth story kind of compelled me to add this to Wellspring’s core mission. Of course, it helps that almost every major provider in here is a superstar mom herself, so we are happy to share our journeys with you.
I had my first child, a daughter, at 41. My second child, a son, was born when I was 44. All throughout, I was labeled as high-risk. I had gone on a program of natural immune system boosting under the direction of an amazing fertility doc here in the valley and that helped me get pregnant the first time. Yes, I’ve lived the wellness lifestyle my whole adult life, but there are also many parts of my experience which I have in common with so many women who have had all different types of pregnancies.
My first child, a healthy and beautiful baby girl, was delivered via cesarean section at HonorHealth in Scottsdale after 25 hours of labor and no epidurals until the c-section. The experience of trying to have a voice, trying to advocate for avoiding a cesarean even with the support of my amazing doula Dianne Hamre and tuned-in husband, was rough. I felt, truly, how easily moms can feel funneled into having no choice, as if the whole activity is a quest to avoid a cesarean rather than pursue a natural birth…this was a difficult thing to get over and it didn’t help that I felt my first OB/GYN, a female, had been unavailable for much of the delivery.
My second child was a natural, VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), under the guidance of a midwife (Belinda with Willow Birthing Center) and her hand-selected OB/GYN who facilitated a healthy delivery at Banner Health in Mesa. So many thought this couldn’t be done. I had many conversations with friends and other women about the fears and concerns that come with a VBAC.
I found that so few women out there really explore these options from a place of feeling secure and embracing the wisdom of many trusted advisors.
Me, I am proud that my journey took me into all these different corners of the birthing experience…and not to mention the healing processes afterwards both physically, emotionally and mentally!
The gift of running Wellspring has been that it is the perfect venue for me to share these stories, help women find their voice, and to provide many meaningful clinical and psychological solutions, either in-house or through our trusted referral network, to new and expectant mothers or women in later stages of motherhood.
Resources at Wellspring:
- Lectures, seminars and maternity group
- Naturopathic doctor specializing in women’s health and pelvic care
- Pre-Natal massage therapy to help with the pains of pregnancy
- Physical rehab to help get that mommy bod back in shape
- Diet and nutrition solutions for mom and baby
- Mindfulness and counseling to provide support to all types of moms in phases of momhood
- Acupuncture and traditional medicine for an array of challenges both before and after childbirth
If you have any questions about these or other services, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email or link up with me in the center!