September 29, 2015

Postpartum

When we cross into the world of motherhood, we are embarking on a huge shift in our lives.

So often the main focus of the childbearing year is on the pregnancy and birth, leaving the postpartum, or 4th trimester, an afterthought and period of time in a woman’s life that is seen in our modern world to be rushed through so you can get back to your pre-pregnancy body and bounce back as quick as possible carrying on with life completely by-passing and missing the point. We are not meant to go back to the way we were. How could we possibly do that or even want to do that when we have just been through such a transformation?

This whole mentality is damaging for mothers, babies, and the family unit as a whole as it dismisses and pushes aside this crucial, short and sacred window of time where bonding, healing, restoring, integrating, downloading, learning and so much more happens. There are massive physical and hormonal shifts, a birth experience to digest and process, a nervous system that needs to recalibrate, moments of profound happiness and moments of profound exhaustion, sacrifice and empowerment, just to mention a few… And to be quite frank here, this is all with a relativity “easy and straight forward” birth experience. Unfortunately, many women do not have the ideal birth that they intended and set out to have.

I am certainly not trying to scare anyone; I have worked with many women who have had gentle and nourishing initiations into motherhood. I am simply trying to shed some realistic light on what the transition into motherhood can be like. It is absolutely worth preparing for and as a woman who experienced PTSD after the traumatic birth experience of my son, I can attest to the unfamiliar and scary new world that my initiation into motherhood was. Regardless of the outcome of your birth experience, you deserve to be seen, taken care of, and given ample opportunity to rest and digest.

Let me ask you a few questions:

– What kind of preparation have you done so that you can rest and be taken care of in your 4th trimester?
– How do you intend to maintain your health over the next 3 months? The next year?
– How will you not lose yourself in the world of motherhood?
– Have you thought of creating a postpartum sanctuary?

You have before you an opportunity to do something radical, in the true meaning of the word.

Radical = Root

You can do as the women before you did, which was to let yourself rest and be taken care of.

My role as your postpartum doula is providing education, care, support and companionship through your sacred window.

My philosophy on postpartum care is mirrored in Heng Ou’s epic book “The first forty days”

“The five insights: reclaiming the wisdom.”
“There are five common themes threaded through the colourful tapestry of traditional postpartum care. These are the five insights that remain vital today, by creating better guidelines for tending to the brand-new mother.”
RETREAT: Draw the circumference of your world in closer.
WARMTH: Conserve, protect, and replenish your life force.
SUPPORT: Receive help from your “village” so you can give fully to your baby.
REST: Create conditions within and without for food, sleep and repair.
RITUAL: Honour the significance and sacredness of this time.  -Heng Ou

My postpartum services include:

-Preparation and serving of high quality, rebuilding foods such as broth soups, high fat and protein snacks, easy to digest meals cooked at your home. (For clients purchasing the 4 package bundle I do encourage moms to come down to the kitchen on the fourth visit so I can teach them how to make broth, ghee, and some of the foods they have been receiving throughout my care.)

Herbal remedies such as:
– an infusion blend for deep down cellular nourishment, boosting immunity, helping prevent depletion and making high quality breast milk.
– after pains care
– herbal healing sitz baths in cases of episiotomies and tears
– 8oz bottle of my homemade calendula oil for body oiling and grounding the nervous system


Gentle body work and massage.

Education and tools for abdominal separation (diastasis recti) and pelvic floor health
A witness to listen and help you process your birth experience

Moxibustion – The “Life Gate” in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is said to govern the functions of sexuality and reproduction. In order for birth to happen, this “life gate” must open, and then close properly. A moxa stick is dried, tightly packed mugwort, which is known from taking things deep into the body; in this case it is heat.

Abdominal binding –  Belly binding supports the postpartum woman’s body in assisting the abdominal wall muscles to come back to their pre-pregnancy position, improves posture, supports loosened ligaments and provides support to the body while vital organs return to their pre-pregnancy state.

 

 

Every woman’s experience of birth is different, therefore the needs in the postpartum will be unique to everyone. A caesarian delivery requires much different care than a vaginal birth; I can accommodate and provide care for any outcome.
I am able to accommodate vegan and vegetarian women, but do suggest incorporating nutrient dense animal fats and proteins for optimal recovery.

Pricing and Packages

Birth and Postpartum Doula – On call support for 2 weeks on either end of your estimated due date, education, 2 prenatal visits, continuous support through labour and delivery, plus, 4 postpartum visits including all of the services mentioned above in my services – $2111

1 Postpartum visit. All of the services mentioned above and care taking place within 48 hours of delivery – $350
2 Visits – $555
3 Visits – $777       
4 visits – $999

Gift certificates and payment plans are available. This service makes a wonderful baby shower gift.

Contact me here : sacredpregnancywinnipeg@gmail.com