Pregnancy

Pregnancy Care.

Pregnant woman embraces her pregnant stomach.

Healthy Pregnancy.

A healthy start and support for mom and baby.

Your pregnancy will be one of the most important times in both you and your baby’s life.  Not only is it a time of immense joy and excitement for mom and dad as they plan for their new roles as parents, but also an instrumental time for you new baby.  During pregnancy your baby will be developing key physiological functions, vital neural connections, and many other developmental processes to ensure a full, vibrant, and healthy life ahead.  Labour can either continue and promote these healthy processes or prove to be the first stressor in your baby’s life.  

This vital time is perhaps one of the most important stages for wellness care strategies.  Strategies that help maintain the natural process, do not add or detract from it, but build on the philosophy and understanding that the inborn natural process that each mom, baby, (and yes fathers too) possess, does not need to be improved upon but rather optimized, maintained, and nourished.

Visiting Reed Family Wellness Centre during you pregnancy is a key step to ensuring this natural process is encouraged.  Each practitioner in our centre has a clinical focus on women’s health, pregnancy, and pediatrics.  We have specific diagnostic tools for pregnancy, specialized pregnancy rooms and treatment equipment to accommodate pregnant women (and small children that may be accompanying you), and even pregnancy specific treatment approaches and techniques.  In fact, our entire centre has been created with one goal in mind…  to support mom, dad and baby through this miraculous time in a healthy, loving, and nourishing environment.

Birth Support.

We're here to support.

Having the right support person can help make the birth a better experience. Research indicates women who receive close support and care throughout labour are less likely to need pain relief, or have major interventions, such as caesarean sections, forceps or vacuum. They are also more likely to be satisfied with their birth experience. At Reed Family Wellness we are happy to offer a number of birth support options.

Our Doulas:  One of the biggest benefits of hiring a Doula is that they are your professional birth support person.  They have a keen eye and intuition for what a labouring mother needs and are able to provide vital support that may be overlooked by the busy midwife or OBGYN.  Providing this supports allow mom and dad to stay connected focusing entirely on the birthing process.  Your Doula will also take the time to meet with you well before labour to answer any questions you may have, help you develop your ideal birth plan, and even stay with you after the arrival of you baby to take care of the little tasks so that you can focus on connecting and nesting with your family.

Our Chiropractors:  There are many established benefits of chiropractic care aimed at restoring and maintaining pelvic balance, along with optimal neuromusculoskeletal function during pregnancy.  

These include:

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Controlling symptoms of nausea
  • Reducing the time of labour and delivery
  • Relieving back, neck, or joint pain during labour and delivery
  • Reducing the potential of a cesarean delivery

For those patients under chiropractic care during their pregnancy, our chiropractors are also available for house calls around and during your labour for any additional support that you may need.

Prenatal Classes.

Getting ready for the future.

The Wellspring at Reed Family Wellness Centre is the place to go for all of your prenatal health class needs.  Join our family of excited moms to be, supportive and keen fathers to be, and the latest and greatest new big brothers and sisters in Nanaimo.

The Wellspring offers a variety of education and movement classes including Prenatal Education Classes, Prenatal Yoga Classes, Prenatal Boot camps, Stroller Fit Classes and more.  

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