The philosophy of postpartum care is for a community to recognize and support a very special time in the life of a woman and her newborn.
All over the world postpartum tradition was passed down from women to women over many centuries, and these practices still exist in many culture. Many practices are now revised by modern mothers from the outdated regimes of their great-grandmothers.
In Chinese tradition, new mothers stay at home and are confined for 30 days with a regime of rest, herbal supplements, and tea supplied by their mothers.
In Malaysia, a new mother is required to stay in for 44 days to regain their health through womb massage, binding their waist and herbal teas. This practice stems from their belief that the womb is a woman's life force.
In Korea and Japan, their traditions includes staying warm, no vigurious movements, and drinking herbal supplements to regain their mental and physical beauty.
In the Indian tradition, new mothers uses the Arurvedic tradition through food and herbal supplements to protect and balance the nervous system. Mothers are required to be pampered for 22 days, getting their household taken care of by other women in the community.
In Europe live-in maternity nurse stays with the mother and reports to the midwife. Their stay ranges from 8-10 days, during the course they will cook, clean and help take care of the family allowing the mother to rest and heal.
Hundreds of years ago in Colonial America new mothers had to go through the "lying-in" period which last for three weeks. During that time relatives were expected to take on the household task and care for the mother while she recover and bond with the baby.
In recent years doulas, midwifes, and nurses has name this improtant stage the Fourth Trimester. In this Fourth Trimester there are two linear parts: the newborn, and the mother.
Having a postpartum care plan with me, a mother is:
As your postpartum consultant you can expect me to:
We will spend a chunk of a day at your place to get-to-know-you, understand the needs and objectives of your upcoming postpartum care. In that time frame we will go through your kitchen, pantry, and anywhere you would like to start listing things you would like to ease up your routine when the baby arrives. This may include a list of spices, herbs, supplements, and essential needs. In those few days I will come up with custom freezer-friendly recipes and care tips for you to start preparing for the big day.
This is for mothers who are busy with their own agendas and would like everything to be taken care of from the get-go. I will help with curating ingredients, preparing, setup, cooking, packing all your essential needs for the postpartum care. I will followup with any help you need for the next two weeks, and you are free to choose when you would like your yoga session and your newborn photography session.