Hello, my name is Melanie, and welcome to Natural Natal.
I have been a registered midwife for ten years and have spent this time working in the NHS. I have worked within busy cities as well as more rural settings, and with all walks of life.
I have a wealth of experience caring for women through all stages of their pregnancy and childbirth journeys. The main theme I notice day after day is, of course, how women aspire for a positive pregnancy and birth experience, and, furthermore, how women don not like taking pharmaceutical medication if they can at all avoid it.
I have always endeavoured to help women achieve these positive birth experiences. I am committed to encouraging and empowering women and their families in believing in their bodies, helping them to find the courage to have the birth they most want, whether vaginal or caesarean section.
I started to look at ways that I could help women achieve an even better pregnancy and birth experience, completing a Diploma in Midwifery Complementary Therapies. This is where I discovered a real passion for an alternative approach to overcoming the ailments and common disorders of pregnancy, with great effect. The success of reflex zone therapy for conditions such as benign headaches, backache, nausea and sickness is truly remarkable, as well as using aromatherapy to help with stress and improve sleep. These more natural ways of treating complaints really assist women to be more in control of their bodies and pregnancies and are just a few examples of the way I am delighted to be able to offer help.
I truly believe in a holistic, individual approach to enhancing pregnancy well-being, and I have set up Natural Natal in order to provide an alternative option, or indeed, in conjunction with, more conventional medicinal care usually offered within an NHS setting.
Thank you for taking the time to look at my page and packages on offer.
Melanie McDonald Dip HE
Blooming Marvellous Individual treatment session (£40)
As a midwife I have cared for many women suffering with many different pregnancy symptoms. Ailments such as: nausea, vomiting, indigestion, mood swings, anxiety, carpal tunnel syndrome, pelvic girdle pain, haemorrhoids, sinus congestion, backache, swollen ankles and feet, tiredness and poor sleeping. This session starts with a consultation, discussing your medical and pregnancy history and symptoms. Using a combination of reflexology, aromatherapy and massage I can start to help you with these symptoms, enabling you to start or continue enjoying your pregnancy and the journey to parenthood. To get full benefit of any treatment, more than one session is often required at regular intervals to alleviate symptoms more fully.
Blooming Marvellous package 3 sessions (£100)
The first session starts with a full, in depth consultation, discussing your medical and pregnancy history and symptoms. Using a combination of reflexology, aromatherapy and massage I can start to help you with these symptoms, enabling you to start or continue enjoying your pregnancy and the journey to parenthood.
The two further sessions are to continue the treatment for your conditions, following up on any suggested therapies and allowing for adjustments of any new symptoms. I suggest to leave at least 7-10 days between each session.
Individual relaxation massage
(45 minutes £35)
A full body massage, using aromatherapy oils if you wish, designed to relax you at any stage of your pregnancy.
Moxibustion for turning Breech babies
(from 32 weeks) (£60)
Has your midwife or doctor told you baby is breech? The safest way to birth vaginally is with a ‘head down’ baby. The option of ECV (external cephalic version) doesn’t fill everyone with positivity. Have you ever thought about Moxibustion as an alternative to the more invasive ECV? Moxibustion is traditional Chinese medicine technique that uses lit moxa sticks to stimulate heat and energy along meridian channels in order to rectify a deficiency in the energy (qi). Stimulation of this energy channel has the specific function of promoting downward movement of the baby’s head. Moxibustion is more effective than ECV (studies show an average of 66% effective compared to 50% for ECV) and is it is non-invasive and gentler on both you and your baby. During this session I will teach your partner how to perform moxibustion on you, and they will give you the first treatment, under my supervision. I will then give you enough sticks to last the duration of your treatment.
Silver Birth preparation package:
(2 sessions) £105 Session one (at least 90 minutes)
involves a full consultation and discussion about your pregnancy so far, your birth hopes and discussing any anxieties you may have. This is done in your own home, where you feel comfortable and safe. This is followed by an aromatherapy massage, using a personalised blend of oils, blended during our meeting, to ensure they are truly personal to you.
Session two (60 minutes) will be a course of treatment designed specifically for you, to further help prepare your mind and body for birth, depending on which birth you are hoping for, physiological birth or an elective caesarean section. These sessions can be close together, with at least one week between sessions, or you can hold the 2nd session until near the end of your pregnancy.
Gold Birth Preparation package
(4 sessions): £200
This package incorporates all that is in the silver birth preparation package and two further sessions to teach you and your birth partner about labour and birth. What to expect, how to cope with those early hours, massage techniques to help you in your time of need. Just like session two of the silver package, these two further sessions can be individually designed to your planned birth experience. Helping you both to have a positive birth experience, whatever birth you are planning. These two sessions fit neatly in the middle of session one and two of the Silver package.
Due date individual treatment
(from 38-42 weeks pregnant) £45
This one-hour session includes stimulation of certain acupressure points, to help induce labour, followed by a relaxing aromatherapy back massage, using a blend individually designed for you. You will also get to go home with more of the aromatherapy blend to use at home.
Following birth package
Has the birth of your baby left you feeling not at your best? Whether this is mentally or physically, using a combination of reflexology, aromatherapy and massage I aim to help alleviate your symptoms, helping you to be able to concentrate on your young family. This session includes a full consultation, prior to any treatment. To get full benefit of any treatment, more than one session is often required at regular intervals to alleviate symptoms more fully.
Breastfeeding and lactation support
(£40, minimum 2 hours and £20 per hour (or part of), thereafter)
As a midwife I know how breastfeeding in the early days can feel like an uphill struggle. This support package is designed to offer support with attachment, positioning and increasing and maintaining supply in those early days.