First of its kind pregnancy, birth and parenting centre breaks down barriers across the GTA

MILTON, ON, April 18, 2016 /CNW/ - Did you know that women who fear childbirth are 7% more likely to give birth by caesarean?

Or that, a large percentage of the 1 in 7 women who suffer from "postpartum depression" can be supported simply by being connected to a caring and compassionate community?

Or that, nearly 60% of women will experience bladder leakage and don't even know that it may be preventable and fixable without surgery?

A local team of experts are on a mission to love, to teach and to inspire families to be proactive with their health right from the beginning...With a support and health network for all stages of parenthood and beyond.

The WOMB is a comprehensive wellness and health centre for fertility, pregnancy and parenting in Milton, ON.  Opened in June 2014, The WOMB is the first of its kind in Canada – having welcomed nearly 20,000 visitors since then.

Co-founders and Doulas, Lorri Fleming and Angie Stenback had been dreaming about their centre for over 10 years.  Fleming says, "Pregnancy and childbirth is a very special time in a woman's life. But let's be honest, it's can also be a scary and overwhelming time from both a physical and emotional perspective. Many of us look back and think, 'If I only knew'. Having the right support system during pregnancy and in the early postpartum days helps ensure that women and their families enjoy the childbirth process and early experiences of parenthood with more confidence and physical wellness."

Stenback adds, "We brought together an amazing team of expert practitioners focused on restoring our faith in the miracle of pregnancy and the childbirth process. They work with couples to improve fertility; with pregnant women to optimize the way they feel and move, and to improve birth outcomes; with babies and children to reduce colic, improve digestion and immune function; and with women to restore pelvic health, assist with breastfeeding challenges, address anxiety and mood disorders, and return to a strong, healthy body."  

WOMB clients are empowered to do this with the support of Birth and Postnatal Doulas, Lactation Consultants, Midwives, Naturopaths, Osteopathy, Chiropractors, Pelvic Health Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy, Counsellors and Coaches, Yoga, Fitness and Workshops.

A lot of the new traffic coming into The WOMB these days is through word of mouth. Many of the moms return daily for an appointment, a class, or just to sit, have a tea and connect with the community of parents that frequent the centre. They bring their friends and then they bring their own mothers.

"We've even had an increase in moms whose babies are 20 to 40 years old! Grandmothers often remark, 'I wish we had this when I was a young mother!' Well, I wish it was around when my kids were younger too!", Fleming laughs, clearly identifying where her inspiration came from.

One program that Fleming and Stenback hold dear to their hearts is a free workshop they call Childbirth Without Fear. Stenback remarks, "It is changing the way women view childbirth – they feel stronger and more confident. When women feel less fear, then their birth tends to proceed with more ease and tend to be shorter."  Fleming adds, "We feel so passionate about this topic and the impact of the Doula. Not only does it impact the mom and baby's health but imagine how much it impacts health care spending."

This program has become so popular that Fleming and Stenback have had to take it on the road, speaking to Public Health organizations, Childbirth Educators, and to Allied Health Professionals.

Next up, the dynamic duo are opening "Nourished – A WOMB Specialty Shop and Gathering Room". They are expecting a slew of mommy bloggers, families and community partners for a celebration of cupcakes and fun (as well as discounts, prizes and draws) on April 21, 2016 from 10am3pm and a Mocktails for Mommies Shopping event from 6pm-9pm

But that's not it. Fleming and Stenback are busily working on bringing The WOMB to each and every community.  Whether that is franchising or opening more of their own centres, remains to be seen. But one thing they will never compromise is the amazing love, inspiration and education that comes from each and every person who works in The WOMB, to each and every person who comes into The WOMB.

SOURCE The World of My Baby - The WOMB

Image with caption: "The WOMB provides a space that nurtures and empowers every family. (CNW Group/The World of My Baby - The WOMB)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160418_C4050_PHOTO_EN_667208.jpg

For further information: Questions or Media Inquires Contact: Lorri Fleming or Angie Stenback, lorri@thewomb.ca, angie@thewomb.ca, 905.842.2434, www.thewomb.ca

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