The Family Wellness Centre is dedicated to promoting health and wellness during the childbearing and early family years. Modern day life has fostered strong independence due to the nature of Western society, but one objective of ours is to encourage families to foster a community around them while following their own intuitive path.
As prenatal educators we share information regarding all types of births because no matter what you plan, Mother Nature may have ideas of her own. We intend to empower, challenge, and inspire you to embrace all that comes with birth and family life, even the stuff you may not expect or want to. We intend to dispel many of the common fears surrounding birth through informed choice and education. There are huge advantages in understanding what common options are available to families. It is also beneficial to understand what benefits, risks, and alternatives could arise with the use of medical intervention. Information is powerful; having consumers make informed choices with strong self advocacy skills is advantageous to everyone's health and well being during this sacred transition.
Part of our teaching model is to help re-frame your relationship with birth and family wellness. More often than not people are told what to do, instead of being empowered to make intuitive and informed choices. Naturally, empowerment extends beyond childbirth into parenting, and more importantly it creates positive social change.
Our practice endorses the role of an OBGYN for high-risk pregnancies and either a Midwife or OBGYN for low-risk pregnancies. We also really encourage people to research and consider working with a Doula. A Doula provides families with informational, emotional, and physical support prior to birth, during the birthing process, and throughout the postpartum period. They fill in many of the gaps that modern obstetrical care lacks and can help create a profound birthing experience.
Rhea, the owner of the FWC is currently a social work student at the University of Windsor; she is happy to help you and your family through general dialog during in person and online prenatal, childbirth, and parenting workshops. She is also a retired Registered Massage Therapist and is happy to refer you to specialists within the community.