If you are considering having a baby then it is a good idea to look at your general health and lifestyle:
Louise and her team collaborate with some amazing complementary practitioners who specialize in infertility or issues related to becoming pregnant. See Resources Page.
Louise herself offers relaxation reflexology sessions to reduce stress and discuss issues surrounding fertility, or to help debrief following a traumatic birth experience.. See Pregnancy Loss below.
*Stress is the biggest cause of infertility. It produces too much testosterone, inhibiting fertility. Plus, it stimulates the ‘flight-or –fight response, affecting ovulation’*(Dr Gowrie Motha, founder of the Gentle Birth Method.) To learn more about the ‘Gentle Birth Method’ see resource section.
Pregnancy Loss and Stillbirth
Louise has passion for caring for Mothers after pregnancy loss including still birth.
In the UK, all mothers, irrespective of type of birth, gestation of pregnancy or live birth or loss/ stillbirth, had as many postnatal visits as they needed.
It ensured that we could look after not only their physical wellbeing but their emotional wellbeing. We could nurture both Mother and Father and give them the support that they needed. It is so important to talk to someone who really understands how you are feeling, is able to offer practical support through the process, and most of all has time to listen to your story.
Louise offers this same service here in Australia, but includes a relaxing and nurturing reflexology treatment while you debrief and share how you are feeling.
Hope Package: supportive antenatal care in our ‘Hope Programme’ aims to listen to you as an individual, your concerns and anxieties,and hopes to normalise things for you so you can remain calm, and feelsafe.
CMS Midwives offer many different options to support you with your pregnancy:
Shared Care with your GP/OB or Obstetrician, or Additional Care alongside your Primary Carer/ Public hospital, if your pregnancy is a little more complex due to a medical condition.
Community Midwifery Services has partnered with Dr Saul Cohen to offer care which is personal and individual to your needs. Dr Cohen is passionate about ‘Keeping Birth Normal’ and promotes water birth and vaginal birth after Caesarian.
If you have any emotional or mental health concerns we specialise in giving you additional care which supports and guides you through your pregnancy and postnatal period, so you don’t need to feel alone. We are solely there to listen, and get to know what your specific needs are, and walk with you on your journey. See below (drop down).
If you feel you would like this option,even if you have no emotional health concerns but feel anxious and fearful, then this is the ideal option for you! We just fit around your other appointments, and care follows on after the birth until you are confident to walk on your own.
Whatever the type of care you require we are more than happy to support your individual need.
Complex pregnancies: require good midwifery support too.
Please don’t think we cannot provide support with current information, education, birth planning, help with complex issues and questions around your own and baby’s wellbeing, and definitely for good quality postnatal care.
You are able to claim once you are pregnant and for your first appointment with your Midwife at 8-12 weeks.
You will need a referral from your Obstetrician or GP/Obstetrician (which can be backdated after your first appointment if necessary).
CMS has a longstanding relationship with Dr Jenny Picking in Langwarrin Medical Centre, and she is happy to see you and discuss your referral request.
The item numbers commonly used are: 82100 for your booking appointment, and 82110 for a long antenatal appointment and follow up.
All CMS appointments are long appointments because we like to spend time to get to know you, and answer your questions without rushing.
The Postnatal rebatesare the most rewarded by medicare, and so we encourage all our clients to register for these visits. The item numbers used: 82135 and 82130, and 82140 for a 6 week postnatal discharge.
We also Recommend all new clients registering for the medicare safety net at the start of their pregnancy, since once a limit has been reached (mainly in the case of Private Clients), you will get a significant increase in the rebate you get back from Medicare.
A typical antenatal appointment:
We recommend monthly visits until you are 32 weeks pregnant when they change to every 2 weeks, and then weekly from 36 or 38 weeks, depending on what your Private or Public Hospital Care requires. Our care is always flexible!
Where emotional health and wellbeing concerns are paramount we recommend seeing you at least x3 in pregnancy:
• Motherhood preparation and education PART 1: BECOMING YOU – we look at who you are, stepping away from EGO and finding the real you. Looking at past anxiety, trauma or conflict and how it has affected you, and where you are at with it now. Our aim being to step toward ‘letting go’ and finding peace. Do you need support with this? We can help you find the right person.
• Motherhood preparation and education PART 2: STRENGTHENING RELATIONSHIPS – Your relationship with YOU, and the importance of staying in the present. How to trust your body and your baby. How to deal with stress and uncertainty. Strengthening your partnership and preparing for the parenting journey.
• Motherhood education part 3: SELF LOVE AND APPRECIATION – Your amazing body and the importance of rest and contemplation. How to mind speak with your baby and work as one! And how to find PEACE AND JOY in the first 6 weeks by Letting Love Lead the Way.
If clients are interested in group participation for this motherhood education this is also available. Please ask.
Our Postnatal Support and Mentorship Mums Programmes concentrates on creating a friendship and role modelling type of care, providing new mothers and fathers with the start of their village in the first six weeks post birth, their Baby Moon.
We are so excited and passionate about this programme that we have called it our Joy Programme, because this is what we hope you will feel during this time.
Allowing you to really ‘ENJOY’ this 40 days, this also really sets the scene for your next 40 years.
This is a critical stage in a woman’s life:‘a sacred window’, it is the Birth of a Mother as well as her child!
A TYPICAL POSTNATAL VISIT:
Faith Programme: The Birth Preparation/ Support Package
We aim to educate and prepare you for birth in a very balanced way.
Because ‘birth’ is an unknown quantity and, to prevent trauma and post – traumatic stress from unrealistic expectations, we want to make sureyou are prepared for ‘all types of birth’.
That is why we have called it: ‘BIRTH WORKSHOP AND BIRTH PLANNING FOR COUPLES WHO ARE LOOKING FOR A POSITIVE BIRTH EXPERIENCE’.
Feeling secure in the knowledge that you are ready,have FAITH in yourself, and that you CAN DO IT!!
The Faith Package
BABY IS BORN(NATURAL BIRTH).
BABY BORN BY FORCEPS, VENTOUSE OR CAESARIAN
We also have a new midwife joining us who specialises in LAMAZE EDUCATION FOR BIRTH.
For those clients interested in this style of education.
See Midwives: Narelle Tsiros.
CMS Midwives have always provided birth support and or homebirth, but due the increased need for our programmes we are specializing in building new partnerships and support groups, and investing more time in our increasingly popular Postnatal Home Visiting Service.
Some birth support maybe available depending on need, and time available, so always feel free to ask.
Our Colleague Louise Noorbergenis taking on any Homebirth clients, and Louise may also be available for birth support.
We also collaborate and work, with 2 doulas, and 2 student midwives who work alongside us, and who may also be available for birth support on request. There are always options, so please ask.
The FAITH PACKAGE also includes x4 further educational opportunities:
*CMS Preparation for Motherhood Educational Opportunities are open to anyone at any stage of pregnancy, and some of this can, and will be included in our Postnatal Care – Joy Programme.
Motherhood Preparation Programme:
How do you learn to become a Mother when there is so much going on?
Pregnancy is a time of change:
Life is going to be different but how can you make it better than you think it is going to be?
How do you prepare yourself so that you CAN enjoy the experience?
During our Motherhood Antenatal Programme you will learn: