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THE Natural Health and Fertility Centre

A supportive and caring environment where Leah aims to guide patients to optimum physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

  • Science Driven – integrating the latest scientific research

  • Traditional knowledge – drawing on the wisdom of traditional medicines

  • Results Orientated – fostering connection and an honest and healing relationship

The centre has a special focus on fertility support and has helped many couples birth their much-loved children. Leah continues to provide care to these families, and enjoys supporting people throughout their lives.

ABOUT LEAH

Services

Naturopathy

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Herbal Medicine

  • Homeopathy

Learn more about the tools Leah uses in her clinical practice here.

A person’s fertility is a clear reflection of their natural health and wellbeing – when we are at our peak health, we are also our most fertile. Genetically we are predisposed to this evolutionary protective mechanism. Our body realises that when our health is comprised, the information we would pass on to the next generation would be suboptimal. As such, the body naturally protects passing on this information and reduces our fertility.

Our bodies are constantly changing and responding to our internal and external environments. It is always possible to improve one’s chance of conceiving and bearing a healthy child. It is with this understanding that our Natural Fertility Programs offer couples an opportunity to have a positive advantage towards better parenting and help give their future children their best start in life.

Leah’s main intention is to respect, support and guide you towards your fertility aspirations. She support couples at each stage of their fertile journey. Please click the crosses to learn more:

Supporting conception enables couples to improve their own health and influence their genetic material so that they can pass on the best for their future children. It offers couples the prospect of a healthy, natural conception; an easy pregnancy and labour and most importantly a healthy, vibrant, and happy child. This is achieved through various complementary medicines including nutritional supplementation, dietary modifications, herbal medicines, counselling and lifestyle strategies.

Leah’s conception support protocols have been developed in response to the alarming statistics regarding miscarriage, still birth, infertility, increased prematurity and other concerning considerations which are believed to have been caused by our modern lifestyles. Environmental pollution, poor nutrient levels in soil and foods, polluted water, toxic farming methods, heavy metal exposure, poor diet, lack of exercise, and many others are all believed to be involved.

It is important to remember that we all have choices and that we can choose to make changes that will not only improve our health but the subsequent health of our children and future generations.

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Pregnancy loss can happen any time before 20 weeks, however, most take place in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. Some miscarriages cannot be prevented – it is nature’s way of ending a pregnancy that is not developing as it should. Statistics suggest that in any given month the best chance of conceiving a pregnancy is approximately 30%. These statistics can be positively influenced especially when you consider multiple considerations for both partners.

Some couples unfortunately experience repeated miscarriages. There are many causes of pregnancy loss, and not all of them are well understood by medical science. Pregnancies can be lost at anytime between fertilisation and implantation, or between implantation and full term delivery. It is unfortunately much more common than many people realise.

There are several key causes for recurrent pregnancy loss that are identifiable and understood by medical science. These include:

  • Blood clotting (thrombophilic) disorders
  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Uterine disorders
  • Sperm irregularities (including DNA fragmentation)
  • Immune and auto-immune disorders
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Infections
  • Environmental and lifestyle factors
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Other factors

Leah’s protocols to support miscarriage consider thorough investigation and assessment paramount to helping you conceive your child. With this information, we are then able to individually tailor a specific treatment plan to help you reach your fertility aspirations.

Some couples require assistance with Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) to help them conceive their much-desired child. Often this is due to medical reasons that interfere with the body’s natural processes.

Naturopathic Medicine works well with couples who require IVF or other assisted reproductive technique programs. Leah’s intention is to integrate with your current treatments in an holistic manner to ensure the healthy conception, pregnancy, birth process and general wellbeing of your child.

Recent research suggest that concurrent naturopathic treatment and IVF more than doubles conception success rates.  You will be carefully monitored throughout any assisted treatments. Communication between your IVF fertility specialist, Leah and other health professionals will be encouraged to ensure cohesion between our treatments. This will foster the best possible outcome for all.

Pregnancy Support

Leah’s protocols during pregnancy have been designed to help mothers and their babies during this rapid period of growth and development. Particular focus is placed on the nutritional status of the mother and is modified as the pregnancy progresses. Each trimester has specific nutritional objectives and requirements and has been developed to support the mother and baby. It fosters mutual enjoyment of each of the changes and provides sufficient material to help her baby grow to meet its potential.

Leah has an extensive pregnancy referral network to help you with every aspect of your pregnancy journey. This includes the ability for referrals to childbirth educators, midwives, doulas, birth centres, obstetricians and other pregnancy specialists.

Labour Preparation and Support

During the last trimester, many expectant parents begin to prepare for the much-anticipated birth of their future child. When the moment finally arrives, it is important to know what to expect. Whilst every birth is different, labour is separated into three distinct phases, early, active and transition. Each phase has it’s own distinct characteristics. How fast each phase will go, or how tolerable the process will be will vary from woman to woman. These phases of labour create reference points, and, it is important for expectant mothers to recognise the characteristics of each.

Birth preparation enables you to actively prepare your body for the upcoming arrival of your little one. It ensures that your health is optimised, that your nutritional needs are met, that complications are prevented and that your recovery will be optimised. Furthermore it aims to improve the health and wellbeing of your child.

The beauty of engaging Leah’s support is that we will help you to make conscious changes to improve this experience and provide useful strategies to cope with each phase. Furthermore, she provides support for expectant partners and give them tools to help mothers journey through this transition as easily as possible.

Post Natal and Breastfeeding Support

Following delivery of one’s child Mums can feel depleted and worn out. Leah’s support for the post natal period provides guidance and specific treatment recommendations to help Mums enjoy this process. It promotes ease of breastfeeding and encourages greater bonding between Mother and child.

The perfect scenario often sounds something like the following:

You have the perfect pregnancy, no problems, no concerns and your baby grows perfectly. You then have the perfect labour – long enough so you feel comfortable with its pace but short enough so that you only have to be in the final stages for a short time. Supportive and loving people surround you; you feel comfortable and trust your body. Then your beautiful baby makes its appearance into the world. It is placed on your belly and moves up towards your breast, attaches and suckles. You feel this incredible feeling of deep connection with your child and the journey of breastfeeding begins.

Breastfeeding is a natural process. Above all, it is an incredible bonding experience between mothers and their children. It encourages the development of the mother’s instinct and helps her trust her body and her innate wisdom to care for her child. Furthermore, it helps babies connect and bond with their parents. From a health perspective breastfeeding is the ideal nutritional and immunological super-food. It is biochemically unique and specific to the needs of your child. On a practical level, it is convenient, economical and does not require heating. It’s the perfect package to care for the baby as it develops.

Unfortunately breastfeeding is not possible for some women due to choice or individual circumstances. Leah understands this with no judgement. She is able to work with you and your personal decision. There are wonderful strategies and modifications one can make to improve the ability to breastfeed successfully. Alternatively, if baby formula is chosen Leah will be able to advise and support you to make the best decisions for you and your child.

Seeing Leah as a patient

Please note that there is currently a 6 month waiting list for all new patients.

Consultation process

Leah’s consultations are time dependant with initial consultations lasting one hour for individuals and 1.5 hours for couples. Her follow up appointments are 45 minutes for individuals and one hour for couples, however, you will be charged based on the time spent with her.

First steps

Request an Appointment

Once you have requested your appointment and it has been scheduled, you will be emailed the New Patient Questionnaire. You will need to complete it to bring to your first session. This questionnaire covers your full health picture and will provide much valuable information for Leah during your sessions.

Initial appointment

The initial appointment is structured to understand your health complaints in as much detail as possible. Together you will discuss your health history, and Leah will conduct a physical assessment as indicated. She typically refers patients for additional assessments to be conducted between the first and second appointments. Initial treatment recommendations are discussed and the development of your treatment plan and program is organised in this session. This appointment lasts one hour for individuals and 1.5 hours for couples.

Second appointment

At the second appointment (typically held 4 weeks after the 1st appointment) you will review any assessments organised in more detail and fine tune your treatment plan. This session is generally where treatment truly begins and you will begin to take your first few steps towards a greater level of health and wellbeing. This appointment also lasts one hour for individuals and 1.5 hours for couples.

Follow up appointments

Your follow up appointments from this point are entirely dependant on your presenting health complaint, its duration and identified roadblocks to health. Often Leah will see patients more regularly in the initial stages and then appointments are conducted on a monthly basis until your health has stabilised.

Leah’s Clinic Hours

Cancellation Policy

Our goal is to provide quality health care in a timely manner. As such, we have had to implement an appointment cancellation policy. This policy enables us to better utilise available appointments for our patients in need of our services. Please be courteous and notify us by phone or email if you are unable to attend an appointment at least 2 working days (Monday to Friday) prior to your scheduled appointment. We will then be able to allocate this time to someone on our waiting list. Please note that if you miss an appointment or reschedule inside the 48 hours the full consultation fee will be charged (+ GST).