I’m here to help
Early in my training as an Optometrist my passion for helping children and families work through various developmental delays was evident. As my dedication to working as a developmental professional grew, I often wondered if I was unknowingly preparing myself to have child who would struggle. Or if I would “see” problems in my children that weren’t really there? When I became pregnant in 2007, I began using all of my academic knowledge and years of research to shape the decisions I made for my care and for the care of my unborn baby. I chose to work with midwives and plan a homebirth, had only one ultrasound around 22 weeks just to “make sure it was a baby”, and chose to trust that having a baby was a normal and healthy part of my life. I taught yoga until I was 38 weeks pregnant and each morning drank “green juice” made with vegetables my husband harvested at our local CSA farm. We prepared for our baby’s birth with a HypnoBirthing® class and he was born in October of 2008 in our bedroom. Our second son was born in April of 2011 in a birthing tub in the corner of the same bedroom.
My boys have been “in therapy” since birth
“Therapy” being a lose term and a sort of running joke in our household, My work undoubtedly impacts the ways in which I interact with my children and the developmental opportunities I create with them during our interactions. They have helped me learn so much more about how to help other families and their children. I watched my children learn to roll, crawl and walk as only a nerdy developmental professional can. Over the years, my husband listened graciously as I explained to him how excited I was to see the reflex pattern and movement patterns our little boys made.
In conversations with mothers and fathers about their children’s struggles, I often hear the phrases, “if only someone had told us”, “if only I’d known sooner”, “why didn’t THEY tell us this”. These conversations emphasize the extent to which my professional work years before I started my family helped me formulate a lifestyle that has contributed to how wonderfully our boys have developed thus far. This lacking in provider-parent communication is why I have decided to take a more proactive roll in spreading my knowledge of developmental delays. Many of the lifestyle decisions we make contribute to how our children develop. I hope to be the “someone” who can encourage research and thoughts that will help prevent struggle for children and families.
You don’t have to be a developmental professional
It is your birth right to plan and prepare for the best developmental outcome for your children. Submit the contact form to receive a call from Patty Lemer, the director the Having Healthy Babies workshop.