An ancient Chinese treatment that restores balance to your body through the use of needles and herbs, acupuncture can be used as you prepare to conceive to help you harmonize hormones and boost circulation to enhance reproductive health. If you're undergoing fertility treatments, it's common to feel anxious, scattered, and stressed...all at the same time. An acupuncturist can help reset your body and ease your mind by targeting specific meridians in your body.
A birth doula is like having a personal cheerleader who provides emotional and physical support during labor; she can also be an advocate for your birth preferences and a great encouragement to your partner!
Specifically trained to support women or couples that are trying to conceive, fertility coaches are a lifeline of calm, encouragement, and information who help counsel you through decisions during the fertility process. Many have been through the fertility process themselves, so they can help you navigate the roller coaster of emotions.
Positive, lasting changes are yours with a health coach. Dedicated to addressing your wellbeing, health, hormones, and balance holistically, they're a huge help to hopeful moms looking for practical and sustainable solutions to nourishing your body for optimal fertility. From meal planning to grocery shopping to finding time for yourself, they show you tips and tricks to make healthy actually happen in all facets of life!
Breastfeeding may be natural, but it often feels anything but! Lactation counselors and consultants are trained to help moms around all things breastfeeding—and can even do at-home visits. Lactation consultants are board-certified professionals with years of training and 1000+ contact hours whereas lactation counselors have a few days of training and ~20 contact hours.
Becoming a parent hugely changes your priorities. If you’re having a tough time determining your goals—and how to reach them—a life coach (also called a motherhood or career coach depending on the subspecialty) can help you find yourself again.
If you’re in need of a good night’s sleep (and what new parent isn’t?), a newborn care specialist, sometimes called a night nurse, is your answer. She’ll build your confidence in newborn tasks like feeding and diaper changing—and care for your babe all night while you catch some zzz’s.
These professionals capture and keepsake important milestones on your path through motherhood: your growing bump, powerful labor, the sweet days with your newborn, and you and yours at that special 6-month and 12-month mark.
Developing good eating habits and knowing what's best to eat, especially if you're preparing to conceive and need to gain or lose weight, can be tricky. A nutritionist will offer specialized plans and tips based on your specific needs and dietary preferences. They can also help you make the best decisions for you and your babe as you transition into pregnancy.
If your pelvic floor feels weak, you’ve experienced trauma, or are suffering from pain that makes intercourse uncomfortable or impossible, you’re not alone! A specialist can help address issues surrounding your pelvic floor and core. They also work with women who may have had trauma, scarring, or prolapse from a past birth and would like to prepare for another baby.
Sometimes you just need an objective opinion to work through anxiety, worry, and even relationship issues. Therapists, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists are a wonderful way to help you nurture your mental health during the intense journey toward and through parenthood. If you've hit any bumps on the road to starting your family, they can help you find equilibrium so you feel more at ease and make those bumps a little less painful.
Beginning life with a newborn can be incredibly daunting. Luckily, postpartum doulas are trained to teach and support new parents (and brothers or sisters!) by preparing nourishing meals, doing light housework, and caring for the mother.
A gentle, Japanese form of energetic healing that can be used during postpartum, reiki restores the flow of vital life-force energy to optimize function, support deep relaxation, and bring harmony over body, mind, and spirit. When hormonal or fertility roadblocks make your spiritual energy feel stagnant and your mental energy feel scattered, reiki practitioners can help you find center again.