De­liv­er­ing hope

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THE say­ing is third time is the charm and for moth­erof-three Les­ley Pas­cuzzi that rang true for her birthing ex­pe­ri­ences.

The Atwell res­i­dent said de­spite com­pli­ca­tions with her third preg­nancy and birth of daugh­ter Juli­ette, the ex­pe­ri­ence was “ideal” be­cause she had La­maze train­ing.

Al­though her preg­nan­cies and births of her two sons were healthy and without com­pli­ca­tions, Mrs Pas­cuzzi’s third ex­pe­ri­ence was so good she be­came a La­maze child­birth ed­u­ca­tor to help other par­ents.

The self-con­fessed “birth nerd” is a qual­i­fied psy­chol­o­gist and said the La­maze vi­sion was to cre­ate “knowl­edge­able par­ents mak­ing in­formed de­ci­sions”, which could help pre­vent post­na­tal de­pres­sion and post­par­tum trauma.

“The im­por­tance of un­der­stand­ing men­tal health and how your abil­ity to feel OK is chal­lenged so much dur­ing preg­nancy; labour and birth lays the ‘foun­da­tions’ for life af­ter preg­nancy,” she said.

“Men­tal health is a huge area of con­cern for not just child­birth ed­u­ca­tors but birth work­ers across the board.

“When birth doesn’t un­fold as women have planned, there can be a cas­cade of in­ter­ven­tions and events that in­ter­rupt the nat­u­ral bond­ing of mother and baby.

“As the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion wrote, you can leave hos­pi­tal with a healthy baby but also a bag full of emo­tions, mem­o­ries, re­grets or dis­ap­point­ments that things didn’t go to plan.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Les­ley Pas­cuzzi be­came a La­maze child­birth ed­u­ca­tor af­ter the birth of her daugh­ter Juli­ette.

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