What is a Wāhine WoF®? A Wāhine WoF® is a Mummy post-natal assessment, so you can get the lowdown on What's NORMAL and What's NOT after having your baby!
The Wāhine WoF® is aimed to help post-natal women in their recovery journey, firstly helping them to recognise and understand any current or potential post-natal issues they may have and then assisting them in rehabilitating safely and appropriately, thereby preventing the likelihood of long-term problems developing. With the ultimate aim to prevent the development of long-term childbirth-related issues.
Why is this SO Important? During pregnancy, labour and birth, a woman’s body undergoes significant changes and in many cases, trauma. A woman may experience alterations to her posture, her pelvic floor function and muscle length and strength, which may ultimately lead to problems such as Pelvic Girdle Pain, Abdominal Diastasis [tummy gap], prolapse and varying degrees of urinary or bowel incontinence. Unfortunately, some women often return to exercise and function after birth, without being aware of, or understanding the issues they may be experiencing, often making them worse as a result. It may be carried out from 6 weeks, to anytime after birth. Once post-natal always postnatal. It is never too late to address post-natal complaints or problems.
Who needs a Wāhine WoF®?
After having a baby, more than half of all women have a weakness in either their tummy or pelvic floor area – over a third suffer with chronic pelvic pain. This creates instability and poor core strength and results in altered transfer load, back pain, pelvic pain, bladder and bowel weakness.
Therefore, ALL post-natal women should have a Wāhine WoF® and post-natal rehabilitation. If more post-natal problems were identified and dealt with, this would significantly reduce the development of long-term problems and the associated physical, emotional, psychological and social stresses that accompany these problems. The assessment helps women to avoid these distressing and often embarrassing symptoms. SO MANY symptoms are controllable and improvable and can even be resolved with the right treatment and advice.
Bernadette is extremely passionate about educating and helping women at this important stage in life.
It is important that you do not feel embarrassed to discuss any post-natal problems you may be experiencing, or worse, feel as though these symptoms are normal or are to be expected.
What does the Wāhine WoF® involve? The Wāhine WoF® will involve the following:
An hour post-natal assessment with Bernadette
Examination of tummy, pelvic floor muscles and your breathing
Examination of all pelvic floor concerns
Assessment of any physical or emotional problems arising from pregnancy and birth
A Post-natal recovery plan devised especially for you, your lifestyle and fitness goals.
What happens after the WāhineWoF®? A treatment plan will be discussed with you depending on findings. You may require some ‘hands on’ treatment or exercise progression and this will be explained to you on the day of your assessment. Treatment options will be made available to you and then you may make the informed choice of which treatment pathway to take.
Bernadette is extremely excited to be able to offer this service to ALL women in the Hawke's Bay.