This ‘fourth trimester’ can be such a crazy and challenging time, and despite so many women crying out (and just as many screaming inside), it’s still as if no one’s listening. Silence isn’t always golden. No one out there really talks about just how tough it can be, until the time has long passed. .
When suddenly home from hospital, the reality of your new life really sets in, and it can throw you in ways that ‘what to expect’ simply doesn’t brace you for. “My life won’t change that much when the baby arrives”, suddenly becomes a legitimate contradiction. Many new Mums don’t find this transitional pivot to becoming a parent easy at all and worse, they feel pressure to hide that fact.
So let’s talk in real terms. It changes you. It can shock you. You will at times struggle to cope.
Feeling alone, strung out on minimal sleep, hormones raging, with a body sore from childbirth – and a brand new baby to care for (who uses those lungs to full capacity - go you high achiever you!) ) can honestly take you to the brink and back.
At One for Women this bothers us. A lot. In fact, we strongly believe it doesn’t have to be this way.
Decades back, women would share this difficult time within a culture of community. A baby’s first squawk would signal regular support sweeping in like a Myer stocktake sale . Neighbourly mother-figures, aunties, and midwives would appear on rotation , serving up all kinds of help over these manic months.
Back then, life was different to how it is now.
Women had more time to share support - and generational knowledge was passed down and between women as a regular way of life. Women were also less afraid to show their weaknesses. There’s solid reason and philosophy behind the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” – because it’s simply 100% true and yet, we still try and go it alone.
For the modern day mother, the feeling of isolation is very very real.
The ethos at One for Women is to reset the balance . We’re committed to this ‘village’ concept. We’re reintroducing the practice of seamless support for women through pregnancy and beyond - and being thoroughly proactive through every stage in the process.
– so you’re best equipped to manage when your bub arrives on the scene.
– we help you understand what may happen so you don’t panic or feel disappointed if things aren’t immediately looking as “perfect” as you’d imagined they would.
– so that in every respect you get immediate attention and care and avoid risking far greater problems down the track.
– We believe a one-size-fits-all approach to care means completely missing the mark. Instead we celebrate you as an individual with specific needs and take this approach in supporting and empowering you in your journey.
– in effect, your postnatal care starts in your pregnancy and simply continues with baby’s official welcome to the world. It’s all one singular process where you feel heard, understood and safe.
– starting with a first week postnatal visit by your midwife with regular checks from there. We set out to ensure optimal care for you both, with nothing left to chance.
– your second week check is a key appointment. If you’re struggling in any way One for Women will be alongside, supporting you in a way which will make a big positive difference to how you experience motherhood early on.
– knowing how things can play out with your body down the track after having a baby. In addition to ongoing wellness conversations with you along your journey, an 8-week postnatal check gives you access to a full pelvic floor assessment and full check-up with your midwife and GP. This safeguards against potential struggles with incontinence and other ‘confronting’ issues that crop up later down the track.
– In addition to regularly checking in on the details of how your little one is going, your midwife will do an initial early development screening, followed up again at 16 weeks by a child health nurse.
While breastfeeding is extremely beneficial for your baby and can also help the two of you build a special bond, it’s not always easy.
In fact, breastfeeding can be a stressful experience!
Issues vary as some women may struggle to express milk, others develop cracked or bleeding nipples, or experience engorgement and oversupply. Then there are those Mums who have a very low breast milk supply. Other issues can include if your baby develops digestive difficulties (such as reflux or colic) - or if your milk ducts become blocked (called mastitis).
For this reason, One for Women have specialist professionals in this area who will empathise with and support you – no matter what your newborn’s feeding journey brings!
A midwife is a specialised health professional who is trained to care for, educate and support you through all aspects of your maternity journey – following your baby’s birth.Meet our Midwives
Obstetricians oversee women and babies’ medical needs in pregnancy, labour and directly following birth. They are fully equipped to handle high-risk deliveries.Meet our Obstetricians
Your reproductive system’s health is extremely important for pregnancy and beyond. Our caring gynaecologists provide specialist checks and advice.Meet our Gynaecologists