Valerie Gommon Midwife’s Blog

Archive for the ‘complementary therapists’ Category

Guest blog written by Joanne Marie who is a qualified reflexology practitioner trained in maternity and baby reflexology.

Baby reflexology is a simple soothing treatment loved by parents and babies too. This relaxing fuss free treatment can be used anywhere and when combined with massage it is a real baby treat!

Reflexology is a natural complimentary therapy using finger and thumb pressure on points on the feet and hands that correspond to all parts of the body. The treatment is relaxing and calming for adults and babies alike, so if you love massage yourself or want to learn a simple, effective skill then take a look at Baby reflexology. This technique is a specially modified form of reflexology designed especially for babies, infants and toddlers.

Baby reflexology is a simple and enjoyable skill to help you and your baby manage day to day difficulties and common problems. It does not diagnose or treat illness and is not a replacement for medical care. Always consult your babies G.P. or your health visitor if you are concerned about their health.

Reflexology for babies and children was developed by a physiotherapist after 15 years of research into the effects of reflexology on children with asthma. They found that children were more relaxed and slept better and this helped them to better manage the problems associated with their asthma.

If you prefer using natural remedies for yourself and your family then reflexology for babies gives you a natural fuss free option. You just need to be able to touch your baby’s feet. You can use it at any time and in any place. In a restaurant, out shopping, visiting friends for a cuppa and a chat, at 4 a.m. in the morning!  Just about any time you need to help soothe and calm your baby.

Baby and infant reflexology and massage are beneficial for you and your baby in so many ways. Being a new mum can sometimes seem like a never ending cycle of feeding and dirty nappies. Massaging your baby gives you a time when you can relax and be together. Baby reflexology can help you to feel more confident caring for your baby and promote a sense of security and understanding for you both.  Baby reflexology is a lovely way to bond with your baby.  It’s not just for mums, I find that dads love learning baby reflexology and it’s a wonderful way to help them feel positive about their ability to soothe their baby.

It is never too early to start baby reflexology but beware your baby’s feet may be sensitive after their heel prick test at around 5 days old.  It can be enjoyed at almost any time but after their immunisations please wait 48 hours before doing reflexology.

A basic routine lasts only a few minutes and can be easily fitted into your day. It is best to practise at a time when you and your baby are feeling calm. You don’t need to lie your baby down, you just need to be able to comfortably hold and massage their feet.  I recommend using a solid balm for baby reflexology and massage as it’s much easier than risking spilling liquid oils. Bee balm works well, but if you are out and about you can still do reflexology with no oil or balm.

Here is a very basic routine to get you started.  You can learn specific techniques to meet your baby’s needs from a qualified instructor.

1: Hold both feet gently but steadily. Speak to your baby about what you are doing; this helps them to become familiar with the routine as they will learn to associate the word reflexology with the experience.  It also later allows your baby to refuse if they do not want reflexology at that time.

2: Rub the feet all over.  Long sweeping strokes work well, but you will find your own preferred method.

3: Glide your thumb or finger gently but firmly up the base of the foot from the heel to the base of each toe. These lines are the five zones of each foot.

 

4: Massage the tops of the feet from the toes to the ankles by rotating your thumb in circles moving across the foot. With smaller babies you may prefer to use the pad of your finger rather than your thumb.

5: Massage each toe in turn, circling the base of the toes and gliding down the front.

6: Massage the base of each foot using thumb circles. Move from the heel up to the toes until the whole foot area has been massaged.

7: Finish with a lovely rub all over the feet.

Your baby may want to kick their legs during the routine. This is fine; you don’t need to hold into their feet all the time and it’s better to let them kick. As they become familiar with the reflexology and how it feels they will start to remain a little stiller.

A few minutes of reflexology can be enough to be effective so please don’t worry if you baby only lets you do one or two techniques.  Gentle pressure is all you need, similar to wiping your baby’s skin clean.  Find a hold or cuddle that suits you and your baby, relax and enjoy.

Video showing baby reflexology techniques can be viewed here:

http://www.breathetherapy.co.uk/reflexology-for-babies/

Joanne Marie is a qualified reflexology practitioner trained in maternity and baby reflexology.  She manages and works as a therapist at Breathe Holistic Therapy Kidderminster.  DY115LB.  Joanne has a ten year old son who can regularly be heard asking his mum for reflexology!

www.breathetherapy.co.uk

 

 

Introduction to Homoeopathy – Ursula Kraus-Harper

Thursday 17th June 8 – 9.30 pm

Talk at NCT event Medbourne Community Sports Pavilion, Pascale Drive, Medbourne

Milton Keynes Antenatal Exhibition

Sunday 20th June,

2-4.30 pm FREE entry,

Christ the Cornerstone Church, CMK opp M&S bit.ly/dBsLmL 300 Saxon Gate West, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 2ES.

FREE entry, refreshment and goody bags. An opportunity for expectant parents to gather information on all aspects of pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Exhibitors include: midwives, breastfeeding, waterbirth, cloth nappies, complementary therapies, ultrasound scan, baby massage, aquanatal and much more!

Please contact me info@3shiresmidwife.co.uk for more details.

Fertility issues or preconceptual guidance is part of the midwife’s role and is something I am often asked about.  Apart from the usual information for someone planning a baby, actually getting pregnant can sometimes be an issue.  The medical profession often do not consider it a potential problem unless you have been trying for a baby for around 18 months, and indeed it can often take longer – this must seem like forever when you aren’t getting pregnant.  I do know that stress (including trying for a baby) and sub-optimal health can lead to difficulty in conceiving, so bear this in mind.

To get yourself into optimal health obviously you need to eat well, be rested.  There are some very good websites, particularly the Foresight website and I suggest you work through this list. 

www.haveababy.com

www.womantomother.co.uk

http://www.foresight-preconception.org.uk

http://www.marilynglenville.com

http://www.zitawest.com

http://www.eatwell.gov.uk/agesandstages/pregnancy/whenyrpregnant/

Also, complementary therapists may help and I have listed some that I am aware of in the Milton Keynes area:

Acupuncture –

Sandra Ah-Peng – Acupuncturist
Milton Keynes 01908 505883

www.mkacupuncture.co.uk

Gabi Stutz – Acupuncturist
Milton Keynes 01908 225051

Homoeopathy –

Gwynne Grayson – Homeopath
Milton Keynes 01908 520546

Jacky Swanepoel – Homeopath
Milton Keynes 01908 585385

Reflexology –

Kelly Holman – Reflexology
Milton Keynes 01908 54266

www.thesunflowerhouse.co.uk

Kinesiology –

Lesley Stephenson – Kinesiologist
Northampton 01604 871225

www.sanctumclinic.co.uk

Hypnotherapy –

Denise Marleyn
Leighton Buzzard 01525 850334

www.persephone-therapy.co.uk

Emotional Freedom Techniques

https://midwifevalerie.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/emotional-freedom-technique-eft-and-fertility/

Sejual Shah

http://www.healthyinmind.com/

Nutrition:

Kim Crundall

http://www.balancenutrition.co.uk/index.htm

How aware you are of your fertile period?  It is usually 14 days before a period, so if you have a 28 day cycle it is day 14, but on a longer cycle it may well be later, and just to confuse things women do not always ovulate on day 14!  There are various things you can use, like predictor and charting your temperature etc, but also by looking at your normal vaginal discharge (!) at your fertile period the discharge will change from a thicker creamier discharge moving towards a clear, stretch discharge like egg white.  To help with conception it is best if you have sex on alternate days around this period.   

Hope that something here will be helpful to you.

Sunday 4th October, 2 – 4.30 pm

FREE Antenatal Exhibition

For pregnant women and their birth partners to find out about all aspects of pregnancy, birth and early parenting.  Exhibitors include: midwifery, breastfeeding, waterbirth, aquanatal, yoga for pregnancy, cloth nappies, ultrasound scans, complementary therapists, childcare vouchers and much more!

Venue: Church of Christ the Cornerstone (opposite Marks and Spencer), Central Milton Keynes.

Do come along to our informal and informative exhibition, or for more information you can email info@3shiresmidwife.co.uk

September 2009

Milton Keynes Birth Information Group
Lunchtime meeting
Friday 4th September 12 – 2pm
Please email info@3shiresmidwife.co.uk / Tel: 01908 511247 for venue

MK Baby and Toddler Show – FREE Entry
Sunday 6th September 2009
The Stadium, Denbigh,
Milton Keynes
info here

Beds and Bucks Bumps and Beyond
Antenatal and Early Years Exhibition
Sunday 13th September
1pm – 4 pm
Flitwick Village Hall

Association Of Radical Midwives Meeting
Wednesday 9th September 2009
7 – 10 pm
Rectory Cottage, Church Green Lane, Bletchley.
Please email info@3shiresmidwife.co.uk / Tel: 01908 511247

October 2009

Antenatal Exhibition – FREE entry
Sunday 4th October
2 – 4.30 pm
The Guildhall, Church of Christ the Cornerstone, CMK
Email for more details info@3shiresmidwife.co.uk

Link 2 Health and Care Event – FREE Entry
Tuesday 20th October 2009
10 am – 4 pm
Middleton Hall
Central Milton Keynes

Parents Information Day – FREE entry

Monday 26th October 2009

10 am – 4 pm

Middleton Hall

Central Milton Keynes

THE GLOBAL WELLNESS CIRCLE (GWC) PROUDLY PRESENT…

THE BIG BEDFORD 1ST BIRTHDAY BASH

Celebrating our first year as a vibrant holistic community!

Monday 18 May 2009

Entertainment Shed, 118 Castle Road, Bedford, MK40 3QY (Next to the Gordon Arms)

Doors open: 7 PM for refreshments, networking, displays, music

Programme: 7.30 – 9.30 PM

Entry £4 at the door. FREE to GWC members.

In honour of this special occasion, the theme for the event is:

“Birth, Childhood and Growth”

• WAKE UP! Lynn Serafinn, your host introduces Lyn Bradshaw, shiatsu practitioner, to guide you through a shiatsu exercise to wake up your “Ki.”

• BIRTH: Val Gommon, Independent Midwife. The Miracle of Birth. Inspiring stories of heroism, collaboration & joy of new life in the world.

• CHILDHOOD: Kate Parker, Tatty Bumpkin. Bendy, Giggly, Clever & Strong.  Get ready to move your body, get laughing, and release your inner child.

• GROWTH: Vince Walker, Woodmagic Crafts. Circles and Weaving the Web of Life. Transformative exercise based on traditional Native American culture to discover your inner patterns and allow new patterns for growth.

• SHARING AND ABUNDANCE: A selection of extra special raffle prizes by local holistic practitioners! Be sure to bring a few extra ££’s to buy your raffle tickets.

• COMMUNITY SPIRIT: This is NOT just a Bedford event! Meet other members of GWC from Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire & Cambridgeshire

• FUN: Music, dance and overall celebration. Come join us!

The Global Wellness Circle… the HOLISTIC HEART of planet earth!

Web: www.global-wellness-circle.com

Email: circle@global-wellness-circle.com

Tel: 0845 880 25 28

A FREE Exhibition for pregnant women and their birth partners to gather information on all aspects of Pregnancy, Birth and Early Parenting.

Exhibitors include midwives, waterbirth, breastfeeding, cloth nappies (www.cumfybumfy.co.uk), childcare vouchers (www.gemellichildcarevouchers.co.uk), yoga for pregnancy, aquanatal, various complementary therapists and more!

Free parking to rear of building, and free refreshments.  Free “goody bag” to first entrants.

Do come along and meet us!

Church of Christ the Cornerstone, 300 Saxon Gate West, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 2ES.

2pm – 4.30pm

www.3shiresmidwife.co.uk


Twitter