POSTPARTUM

"The very damaging, frightening part of postpartum is the lack of perspective and the lack of priority and understanding what is really important." - Brooke Shields

Postpartum services include postnatal yoga, professional postpartum doula services and traditional postpartum healing methods.

 
 
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postnatal yoga

Postnatal bodies can take anywhere from 6 months up to 2 years to heal, and once a body is postnatal, it is always considered postnatal and requires more detailed attention. Postnatal yoga classes offer postnatal women the chance to heal from laboring and birthing.  Woman Spirit postnatal yoga classes are gentle, therapeutic, nourishing and healing.  New parents are welcome to attend with their babies or without, whatever feels right for them on that particular day.  The space is inviting and open for breast OR bottle feeding your baby whenever they need to be fed.  

As a mom of three, I understand that there may be a need to stop and comfort your baby, to rest, to pump or prepare a bottle, for that reason, postnatal yoga class is designed around the needs of new mothers.  You will find lots of bolsters, pillows and blankets to provide a comfortable space for you and your baby to move, breath, rest, connect and nurture yourselves together.  Class focuses on healing and re-educating the pelvic floor, slowly strengthening and stabilizing the muscles of the pelvis and the body, decompressing the organs of the lesser pelvis, using the breath to relax, relieve tension and stress, rest and allow your body the space to recooperate!  Rest is the most important thing new parents need and Woman Spirit postnatal yoga class provides the opportunity for parents to rest and rejuvenate. 

Private Postnatal Yoga lessons are recommended for postnatal women who have incontinence, diastasis recti, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic girdle pain or any other issues with the pelvis or pelvic floor.

 
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postpartum doula services

Woman Spirit Postpartum Doula Services offer new parents the opportunity to settle into their new family dynamic with a trained professional by their side.  The first 1 to 2 months is typically the most difficult period of adjustment for the new family, this is when they tend to require the most non-judgemental support and assistance.  I focus on serving families within the first 40 days to 8 weeks after the birth, however, if a family finds benefit in continuing with postpartum doula services, longer contracts are available by request.

How is a postpartum doula different than a baby nurse or nanny?
The postpartum doula is NOT a baby nurse nor a nanny, the postpartum doula cares for the baby, the new parents, the entire family.  The doula is a non-judgemental voice when one needs to be heard, an ear when one is needed to actively listen, a shoulder when one is needed to cry on.  A postpartum doula is a trained professional with experience in a variety of postpartum and parenting circumstances. One who can provide neutral information on an array of parenting choices that may come up for the new parents, so that the parent's can make their own decsions.  The postpartum doula builds a relationship with the family, or has already if the doula served as a labor & birth doula for the family as well.

What exactly does a postpartum doula do? 
Simply put, a postpartum doula cares for the entire family, she specializes in both baby care AND care for the postpartum mother, the doula offers support for any partners and older siblings.  Imagine this scenario, new parents return home with their new baby, they aren't quite sure how to arrange their sleeping patterns, who sleeps when, do they swaddle the baby or not, does mom breastfeed, bottlefeed, formulafeed and/or pump, does dad bottlefeed too, how do they spend quality time with older children or pets and again, who sleeps when?  In walks their postpartum doula to assist them in navigating the many choices available to them. The parents can sleep, get assistance with breastfeeding, pumping and bottlefeeding, they can eat, shower, bond with each other and their new baby.  The postpartum doula makes them both tea and ensures the new mother has a nourishing postpartum meal.  The doula has taken the time to get to know them, to understand their needs, to listen and help them debrief from their birthing experience, to provide resources and information if the parents ask for it, but most importantly to care for and support the new family without judgement and without making decisions for them.

 
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traditional postpartum healing

Traditional postpartum healing services are available to all postpartum women, regardless of whether you had a baby last week or 10 years ago.  Once the body is postnatal, the body is always postnatal after all of the physical changes that occur during pregnancy, labor and birthing.  Many new mothers forget how important it is to take care of themselves after the birth of their babies, that is where my postpartum healing services come in.  I have travelled around the world learning different healing techniques from traditional doulas and midwives, utilizing the methods that resonate with me and my own culture. The techniques I use are loving, nourishing, nurturing and honor new mothers exactly where they are in their postpartum healing journey.

Postpartum Healing Services include:

  • Full Postnatal Healing & Sealing (postpartum meal & herbal healing tea, herbal healing bath/shower, warm abdominal massage, closing the bones, bellybinding)
  • Closing the bones & bellybinding
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Diastas recti healing program
  • Pelvic floor healing program