Around the same time, she also became a lactation consultant. She says, “Being a nutritionist, the first food is the most vital time for any human being’s nurturing, apart from being in the womb.”
“It’s really important to understand breastfeeding and how it works which is really quite simple. It’s just a natural progression. But it’s important to understand any issues that come up during pregnancy.” Sandy can draw on her lactation experience to help after breast surgery, nipples that have been moved, inverted or damaged nipples.
Sandy’s program, Simply Better Health Co, underpins the three areas Sandy likes to cover in her work. She calls it the “flight-deck”. “The arrival part is the most vital part of any human being’s health,” she says.
It’s not just about taking care of the baby that concerns Sandy - of vital importance is looking after the mother.
Sandy advises birthing parents and mothers-to-be to focus on their own needs, reassessing their state monthly to adjust for any concerns and employ holistic practices as preventive medicine. Nurturing is beneficial from pre to postnatal. (20:00) “There is not enough placed on nurturing the mother when she's actually pregnant.”
“When women are pregnant they need nurturing because they are nurturing a bub that is growing.I don’t think society as a whole sees that as a precious gift or something worthwhile. That mindset needs to change.”
Sandy sees nature as an infinite well of nurturing for women and their babies. “I’ve always had this dream of putting together this place for women to come and birth in nature.”
Rather than the hospital, Sandy is passionate about parents considering birthing in the home - or in nature. “I just think it’s so beautiful for the child. They are birthing into a completely natural space.”
Sandy encourages healing through diverse holistic avenues. As an experienced professional she utilizes customized nutrition plans to resolve infertility issues and to promote breastfeeding.
Exploring why a couple might be infertile, Sandy says, “There’s much more to us than what we see in this physical form.”
“We look at everything going on in a woman’s life and a partner’s life to see what we can do. I dissect their lifestyle, nutrition, exercise, mindset - do they actually want children? Some people come to me and have a dialogue together and realise they might not want children.”
“Our desire to reproduce doesn’t have to be in the form of a baby,” she says, “it can take the form of helping the world in other ways.”
“Mindset and intention are probably the biggest hurdles.”
Sandy feels like we should all be more connected to nature - both our own inner nature and nature at large.
“Nature’s way is about connecting to your innate self. Trusting your intuition. If we work with our own self, to know what it is we need and what we can work with, with nature itself, we can get back the gift of the life we have. The gift of the life we have been given needs to be revered and nurtured, and the best person to do that is yourself."
“You can have somebody else reflecting back what they believe is going on for you, but you know more than they do.”