Perinatal Wellness & Rehabilitation Services: Mom Support
Approximately 4 million babies are born in the US each year. Even when everything is going right, a new mom needs all the support she can get to care for herself and her growing family. Up to 80% of moms experience normal "baby blues” which may last up to two weeks postpartum and includes anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and mood swings.
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) are the #1 complication in childbirth. A combination of physical, psychosocial and concurrent environmental stressors contribute to its onset. PMADs affect 1 in 7 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers during baby's first year. Sleep deprivation, feeling overwhelmed and anxiety about caring for a newborn may impact a parent’s ability to adjust to their new role.
We know who is at risk, how to screen, how to engage preventive tools and implement reliable treatment methods. All expecting and new parents, especially those at risk, should have access to reliable information and trained professionals while mobilizing multi-channel support networks.
THE SOLUTION Support and resources to all who wish to connect, including “Well Moms,” which is standard care around the world.
WHO ARE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS (OTs)? Occupational therapists (OTs) are licensed health care professionals, often part of teams, utilizing a client-centered approach to address physical, emotional, psychosocial issues. In maternal health care, we address how the body and mind impact occupational performance in daily occupations and transitions in life roles. OTs may also utilize health promotion and preventive models of care with individuals, groups and populations targeting optimal function and quality of life. Occupational therapists (OTs) in perinatal health, have a unique professional lens providing insight to the dynamic changes in a woman’s life during the pre- and post-natal periods.
HOW DO OTs HELP DURING PREGNANCY AND POSTPARTUM?
Promote optimal function and positioning during sleep, breastfeeding and child care to prevent pain (such as repetitive use injuries like De Quervain's tenosynovitis a.k.a. "mother's thumb")
Share product recommendations based on individualized needs
Ease the transition to new roles and managing daily responsibilities, including prioritizing your postpartum recovery and realistically easing back into and achieving goals in your daily life
Help with practical and impactful skills, including time management and asking for and accepting concrete help
Discuss the impact social support and explore local resources in your neighborhood
Share relevant information on infant developmental milestones, including sleep, feeding, motor skills, sensory processing and play Help put information into action, which is not always as easy as it sounds
An Example of the Slippery Slope of Motherhood
New mom has difficulty achieving breastfeeding goals --> self-perception decreases --> leads to compromised attachment with infant --> leads to delayed language in child --> increased likelihood of behavioral problems with child
We believe in early intervention in the most natural environment.
We know that the demands of child care are different everyday and you may easily have a 24-hour work day.
We are here to help you simplify, feel supported and more confident and be the mom you dreamed of being.
Our unique Mom Support services are specifically designed for moms to help adjust to postpartum with the beautiful ripple effect of supporting families.
Identify and explore and prioritize your roles in daily life and tasks.
Develop your Support Wishlist to help you clarify what you need.
Identify resources to create your virtual and real life village to translate to help that families need and want in the postpartum days.
When should I connect?
During the second or third trimester is ideal to explore options and establish a relationship and plan prior to your upcoming transition of welcoming your new addition. We love connecting with moms during the postpartum days, too!
What are moms saying about Mom Support Services?
“Leora created an ingenious process that gave voice to my vague worries and turned them into concrete and therefore not-so-scary, solvable problems. She then took these “inevitable post-baby problems,” and created actionable solutions. She gave me a safe and judgment-free space to voice my anxieties. Then went one step further: she found ways to PLAN around the potential pitfalls.”
“Leora harnessed the power of my own personal village to help when it was needed most. This was huge for me because I am not good at asking for help, so she took it out of my hands and just handled it. Amazing.”
“I am not overstating it when I say our family unit is stronger, my relationship with my husband is more solid, and I have been given the priceless gift of being able to focus on bonding with my new little one instead of being bogged down by the many worries (and logistics) of the day.”
“I’m eternally grateful to [you] for being so instrumental in helping our merry band of 5 get started on the right foot!”