Dr. Larisa Corda

“I’m absolutely thrilled to become an ambassador for Baby Lifeline. This is a charity that recognises the immense need to support parents and their babies at the most difficult of times, something that has sadly become even more necessary during the pandemic.

The longevity of this pandemic has meant the birthing of a whole new generation of babies and their parents. The legacy of these births will be felt for many more generations to come as we look towards the future out of this pandemic. Not least the courage and endurance women and their partners have demonstrated in the face of so many adversities and challenges thrown their way. From being unable to access what was once considered routine care, to the absence of partners and doulas at appointments and some births, women have had to make decisions faced with fatigue, exhaustion, rage and despair and a level of anxiety we have never seen before. Tragically, we’ve seen an increase in stillbirths and maternal deaths, and the entire situation has led to a rise in traumatic birth experiences as well as mental health issues that will haunt some families forever.

The effects of this devastating crisis have also been felt by all the staff working in maternity who have tirelessly tried to provide the best service that they can, sometimes having to be the substitute for family or birth partners that couldn’t be there. As a doctor on the frontline of this, I have also seen so many incredible stories of overcoming adversities in extreme circumstances and how people have come together to support what remains the greatest miracle of them all: giving birth to a new life. It has been my humble honour to look after the patients and families that I have and I hope to use this role as ambassador to Baby Lifeline, to help contribute to, shape and rebuild our maternal and gyanecological healthcare out of this pandemic, to serve all those who need them most.”

Dr Larisa Corda is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. She qualified from Imperial College London and her training has been both in the UK and Australia, seeing her gain an understanding and appreciation of gynaecological, obstetric and fertility issues across a wide international population. She believes in a wide spanning holistic approach to treating a patient that addresses many lifestyle factors, as well as a combination of Eastern and Western medical principles. She is a passionate womens’ rights ambassador, with roles on a number of national and international charities related to women’s and children’s wellbeing, such as Endometriosis UK, The Mariposa Trust and Kicks Count. She has used her role as medical ambassador to advocate for change at government level which helped contribute to the implementation of the Women’s Health Strategy. Most recently, she has been the recipient of The We Are The City Rising Star in Healthcare award. She is also ITV This Morning’s, Channel Mum’s and Healthista’s Women’s Health Expert, regularly appears and is quoted by the media, and has several research interests. These include the effect of stress on reproductive outcomes, older age motherhood, as well as the current global injustice of inequity of access to reproductive care. Her website www.drlarisacorda.com  offers guidance and support for all those wanting a natural, scientifically and mindfully guided empowering approach to their fertility and pregnancy. Having worked closely with many struggling to become pregnant and the harrowing emotional toll this often has, in particular given the inequity of access through the postcode lottery, this led her to develop  a unique and fully holistic programme for fertility and pregnancy called The Conception Plan which was featured on This Morning and resulted in the birth of baby Freddie, born to a couple struggling with subfertility for three years, who followed the plan.

During the pandemic, she volunteered to help on the frontline of the crisis in one of the largest intensive care units in the country, where she witnessed first hand the mental and emotional impact on patients, their families as well as her colleagues. She regularly reported for the media from the frontline during the worst of the crisis, sharing her own experiences and offering an insight into the coalface, continuing to remain passionate about dismantling the stigma surrounding mental health as well as establishing the necessary understanding and support, whose need has grown even further as a result of the pandemic. In addition, her work on the frontline of maternity and gynaecology during this time has allowed her to see the devastating impact the global crisis has had on women and babies, fuelling her charity work to continue campaigning for equitable access for fertility treatment and perinatal care, support for perinatal mental health, informed decision making, earlier diagnosis and treatment times, provision of compassionate leave for all those suffering the loss of a child and improved training for those working with women and babies.

 

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