Is it just me or are there seem to be a lot of pregnant women right now? I feel like we go through periods of baby booms and right now I know a lot of women who are due around Novemeber/December of this year. The last time I knew a chunk of woman due around the same time was June/July 2011. Since the topic of pregnancy and fertility seems to come up a lot in my office right now I reached out to Dr. Aisling Lanigan, Naturopathic Doctor at Totum Life Science, to discuss perinatal health from a naturopathic doctor’s perspective. It gets even better – she’s also a naturopathic doula and hypobirthing instructor! This lady sure knows her stuff in this department. So ladies, are you paying attention? Here are some great tips about botanical medicine to help you through your pregnancy.
My passion for perinatal care developed while I was completing my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. During the program I started working as a Birth Doula. Originally, I took on a traditional Doula role where I provided mainly physical and emotional support for the mother and her partner. I advocated for the mother’s wishes, maintained a relaxing environment and provided information to couples to help them make informed decisions. After graduating as a Naturopathic Doctor, I transitioned into a Naturopathic Doula. As a Naturopathic Doula, I employ many natural interventions during pregnancy, labour and post-partum for comfort, health, healing and breast feeding support. The most common natural therapies I use for peri-natal health are nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture and botanical medicine.
Though the treatment of many pregnant women and the attendance at their births, I have found botanical medicine to be particularly effective in treating peri-natal health concerns. Botanical medicine utilizes diverse plant substances for their powerful healing and nutritional values. The flowers, roots, leaves or oils of a plant may be used in the form of teas, tinctures, ointments, essential oils or supplements.
Best wishes to all mommas to be for a happy and healthy pregnancy and beautiful birth!
Yours in health,
Dr. Aisling Lanigan N.D.
Doula, HypnoBirthing© Instructor
Thanks so much Aisling! It’s always great when mama’s have natural alternatives for helping with some discomforts during pregnancy. Dr. Aisling has a clinical practice at Totum Life Science North and King St. locations as well as at Erin Mills Optimum Health in Mississauga. If you would like more information on Dr. Aisling’s Doula, Naturopathic or Prenatal Courses please feel free to contact her through her website or email her at AL@AislingND.com to book an appt or a complimentary 15 minute meet n’ greet to see how her services can benefit you.
***As with all botanicals, it’s best to contact a Naturopathic Doctor, like Dr.Lanigan, before you begin taking them to ensure you have a personalized treatment protocol and no contraindications with other medications you may be on***