What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapists help facilitate participation and increased satisfaction in a person’s meaningful life activities. With a holistic education in activities of daily living, anatomy & physiology, physical rehabilitation, mental health, environmental modifications, sleep hygiene, and human development, OTs have a unique skillset to help women navigate through the complexities of pregnancy and motherhood.
Is occupational therapy right for me?
Many expectant mothers spend their resources on a birth photographer, nursery decor, and baby equipment, but most do not consider spending their resources on their own self-care and wellness. Women are not typically provided education about what to expect during postpartum recovery during routine prenatal visits, so the experience can be overwhelming. Contrary to popular belief, the postpartum recovery period extends beyond the first six weeks after childbirth and can encompass a wide range of physical, emotional, psychological, social, and environmental challenges, all of which may impact a woman’s ability to thrive AND the well-being of her baby. Research has demonstrated that up to 82% of women may experience low back or pelvic pain during the first year postpartum¹, and 56% of women experience pain that interferes with daily routine in the first 2 months postpartum². About half of women do not breastfeed as long as they intend to², and as many as 1 in 5 women may experience a perinatal mood disorder³. For any mother facing unexpected challenges, OT services can help. Examples of services offered include:
- Postpartum preparation & planning
- Pelvic health education
- Wellness program to include preparing your body for labor
- Teaching of coping skills and relaxation strategies
- Pain relief
- Posture and alignment
- Coping skills and relaxation strategies
- Sleep hygiene
- Mother & baby bonding
- Pain relief
- Core and pelvic floor strengthening
- Increased participation in self-care tasks such as dressing & bathing
- Setting up efficient & ergonomic baby care stations
- Ergonomics of parenting tasks for injury prevention
- Time management skills
- Nutrition and meal preparation
- Meal planning with infant food intolerances
- Routine development
- Natural development & parenting
This list is not all inclusive. We can collaborate to work through whatever challenges are you are experiencing.
What makes Maternal OT Services different?
I understand that women’s health and motherhood is dynamic and complex. Knowing that life with a baby can be chaotic, I offer one-on-one, individualized services in the comfort and convenience of your home. Allowing me into your home and life enables me to understand how your routines, roles, and environment may be contributing to your struggles. My approach is functional, collaborative, compassionate, and informative. My goal is not for you to be a long-term client. Instead, I strive to empower you by teaching you tools and strategies that you can continue to utilize in your daily life after our time together ends.
1. Bennett, RJ. Literature Review: Exercise for postnatal low back pain and pelvic pain. Journal of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health, Autumn 2014, 115, 14–21
2. Declercq ER, Sakala C, Corry MP, Applebaum S, Herrlich A. Listening to Mothers III: New Mothers Speak Out. New York: Childbirth Connection, June 2013
3. Lant, K. Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Redefining Postpartum Depression. MD Magazine Cardiology. 2018