Balancing career and being a mom

Balancing career and being a mom

HAYLIE LASHTA BScKin, MPT, Certified Pelvic Floor Therapist

Owner and Operator of Warman Physiotherapy & Wellness

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As the owner of a successful business, Haylie Lashta knows all about the struggles that come with trying to balance work and family.

“Balance doesn’t come daily. It’s a balance over time.”

And because she is a mom, she has a unique understanding of many of her clients: in her work, Lashta prides herself in helping raise awareness around pregnancy and postpartum pelvic pain, noting there is no reason to be experiencing that kind of pain.

Lashta graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelors of Science Kinesiology with Great Distinction (2009), and Master of Physical Therapy (2011). She has been practicing in Warman since 2012, and opened Warman Physiotherapy & Wellness in the fall of 2014. In 2016, it was a finalist in the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce ABEX Awards for New Venture, and in May of 2016 Warman Physiotherapy & Wellness was a finalist in the Warman & Martensville Business Excellence Awards (WMBEXA) for Best New Business, Business of the Year and Marketing categories.

“As a physiotherapist that works with women who are pregnant and women’s health (pelvic floor physiotherapy) and a mother myself, I find that often women have many questions while pregnant.  ‘Shouldn’t I be sore? Isn’t it normal to have pain while pregnant? A little bit of pee when I sneeze/laugh/stand up is ok, though, right?’”

Lashta says the answer to these is no! In clinic, she works with patients to determine the cause of the pain and how to treat it, sending patients home with a plan.

“My motto is if I am able to do something in-clinic to help a client to feel better, then I should be able to provide a home exercise to help keep it that way.”

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Some days are heavier work days, and some days are heavier family days, “and I do my best to find some time for me, which doesn’t always happen. It’s why my fantastic husband is currently renovating our bathroom, to give me a soaker tub,” she laughs, half joking.

Lashta is due to give birth to their second child this June.

Being a business owner means her maternity leave will look different from someone who is employed because even though she will receive a mat leave (different than the first time), she will still need to do work for the business weekly, if not daily.

“This is important for my identity. I will always work because it’s a part of me, and it fulfills me.

In addition to working extensively in pregnancy and postpartum physiotherapy care, Lashta’s practice also focuses on infant development, general orthopedics, urinary incontinence, and pelvic pain.

Working with women’s health means that Lashta has completed continuing education courses for assessment and treatment of urinary incontinence as well as pelvic pain.

“Every mother just wants to take care of their new, beautiful, perfect newborns. I can help you so that your body can do the things you want to now, as well as still have fun with your children as they get older (yes, even jump on a trampoline!)”

Lashta is currently taking her Level III Orthopedic Upper Quadrant Course for the spring as well as an IMS needling course fall of 2017.

Being that Haylie works extensively with the perinatal population, she identified a need for an exercise class to help address issues within this population in the area. Being a physiotherapist, Lashta is easily able to modify exercises to increase or decrease difficulty for each client as needed. She runs a postpartum fitness class for moms no matter where they are postpartum (and may just continue to offer this after she and baby #2 adjust to their new lives). A lover of baby carriers, Lashta will happily wear your baby while you focus on the class!

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Lashta is proud to be raising awareness for women surrounding available Physiotherapy options for women who are pregnant and post-partum, as well as urinary incontinence and pelvic pain in all ranges of the lifespan.

What is family-centered maternity care & why it matters

What is family-centered maternity care & why it matters

While I didn’t know the exact definition of family-centered maternity care (FCMC) when I was pregnant and planning my birth, the birth I envisioned and hoped for fit that model without my knowing it.

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I came to be more interested in the concept when I joined a patient and family advisory council for maternal services for our local health region. I joined not because I want all moms to have my exact experience, but so they may each have the experience they desire and their choices respected.

There are various definitions of FCMC but the main gist is that it respects and takes into consideration the patients’ preferences and empowers patients to be responsible for their self-care. It also reduces the use of interventions that are unwanted, inappropriate, or not needed (more on this definition can be found here, though there are many others as well). Reducing the use of unnecessary interventions matters because interventions can directly affect breastfeeding.

It was fitting then when last fall I was contacted by a postpartum nurse/instructor who is also a PhD student focusing on obstetrical research. She wanted to speak to a woman about her birth experience to see how it fit into the FCMC model. I’m always happy to share my birth story, and I was even more excited because she wanted to make a video project. My only regret, if you can call it that, from our birth is I forgot to call our birth photographer we’d booked – baby just came too fast and it slipped our minds! My doula took some pictures, which were amazing, but of course not quite the same.

This nurse and I discussed how my birth fit into the principles of FCMC. Here they are in more detail:

  • Childbirth is seen as a wellness, not illness, and a normal life event.
  • Care is personalized to the individual needs of the family.
  • The hospital team assists the family in making informed choices for their care during pregnancy, labour, birth, postpartum, and newborn care, and strives to provide them with the experience they desire.
  • The father and/or other supportive persons of the mother’s choice are actively involved in the care.
  • Whenever the mother wishes, family and friends are encouraged to be present during the entire hospital stay including labour and birth.
  • A woman’s labour and birth care are provided in the same location unless a cesarean birth is necessary. Whenever possible, postpartum and newborn care are also given in the same location and by the same caregivers.
  • Mothers are encouraged to keep their babies in their rooms at all times, and nursing care focuses on teaching and role modelling while providing safe, quality care for the mom and baby together.
  • Parents have access to their high-risk newborns at all times and are included in the care of their infants to the extent possible given the newborn’s condition.

These don’t sound like outrageous expectations, but they are not the norm for every family when they go to give birth in a hospital, and that’s a shame.

Why does this matter? Because a mother’s birth experience has a direct effect on her postpartum experience. We already know we need to do more to improve postpartum care for moms. A good first step would be improving her birth experience as much as possible so she gets off to a good start and doesn’t have to add dealing with a traumatic birth on top of healing her body and taking care of a newborn.

Watch the video below to see the beautiful representation Darcie did of our birth and how it fits into family-centered maternity care. I’d love to hear how your experience fits into this model of care or how it could have been improved to better reflect it.

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