Postpartum Care

“Postpartum recovery is a system of diet and lifestyle guidelines to optimize a woman’s recovery and long-term health after childbirth.”

DR. LIA ANDREWS, 7 TIMES A WOMAN

Āyurveda has established wisdom to offer during the postpartum period.  The principal philosophies of this ancient system apply so naturally to the magical and profoundly transformative experiences that come along with the phases of becoming a mother. 

According to Āyurveda, and several other cultures and modalities such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and traditional Mexican midwifery, the 40-42 days, or 6 weeks, immediately following birth are a “sacred window” in which deep healing can be established for the mother who is cared for and rests completely and properly. Beyond recovering from the intense processes of pregnancy and birth, this time offers a golden opportunity for deep, sincere bonding between mama and baby.

Intentional focus on nourishing the mother through properly prepared foods, herbal protocols, teas, and rituals, gentle bodywork, uninterrupted warmth, and safety, allows space for mama and baby to establish necessary connections needed for a healthy breastfeeding relationship, and emotional connection for their entire lives.

The first 40 days postpartum also offer the perfect space in which the new mother can begin to gently address, nourish, heal, and even prevent long-held or deeply-seated hormonal, digestive, or other physical imbalances or dis-ease in her health. Improper attention to health of the mother through deep rest in this delicate period of time can result in decline of overall health for the mother into her years of old age.

From a relationship with me, a new mother can expect postpartum care from a traditional perspective, which may include:

  • abhyaṅga (whole body oil massage) for mama and baby
  • other indicated herbal and/or bodywork practices, such as moxibustion, sitz baths, and/or yoni steams
  • diet plans, recipes, and preparation of meals for mama 40 days postpartum
  • herbal formulations
  • belly wrapping and “closing of the bones” ceremony
  • support for emotional integration of birth experience
  • education surrounding maintenance of pelvic health

$90- initial consultation (An initial conversation to discuss the desires and needs of the mother and family is necessary to determine the individualized postpartum healing plan)

$75/hourin-home care


Support following pregnancy loss or release

“Postpartum” is the period of time which follows ANY pregnancy, whether it ends in a live birth, stillbirth, miscarriage, or abortion. Regardless of the result, healing attention is absolutely essential in the tender time immediately following the closing of a pregnancy. 

The same principles apply in these cases: appropriate recovery from blood loss, womb transformations, hormonal processes, and emotional experiences which inevitably accompany pregnancy regardless of its length, is imperative for the lifelong health of the woman. A period of intentional rest, nourishment, and sincere regard for the body’s need for healing is indicated and justified. 

I am honored to support women in the delicate process of recovering from pregnancy that does not end with a live baby. This may look like education and/or implementation of healing practices like:

  • herbal formulations and remedies to help in eliminating any remaining tissue or blood and to support hormonal and emotional processes
  • gentle, localized abhyaṅga (oil massage) on indicated areas of the body
  • moxibustion
  • yoni steam and/or sitz baths 
  • diet plans, recipes, and guidelines for preparation of meals  
  • belly wrapping and “closing of the bones” ceremony
  • support for emotional integration of birth experience
  • education surrounding maintenance of womb health

I will provide guidelines for an accessible plan to approach your recovery in the weeks following the end of pregnancy. Therapies and guidance will be determined by individual circumstances. 

$75/hour 


Mothers who did not receive sufficient care in the immediate postpartum

Mothers and grandmothers of all ages are also encouraged and welcomed to take advantage of the postpartum services offered here, as they nourish women no matter where they are in their hormonal journey through womanhood. This is work that women deserve forever after the potent offering she makes when creating, growing, and raising a human being.  

A woman is considered to be in the postpartum period (“the period of time following a pregnancy”) for their entire experience in motherhood.  Many of the treatments offered above will deeply benefit those who have been mothers for years and did not have proper immediate postpartum care and restructuring.

It is much too often in today’s reality that women are expected, by themselves or others, to return to work and daily tasks soon after the birthing process.  This attitude can be hugely detrimental to the hormonal and physical re-balancing a woman requires after undergoing one of the most physically demanding and intense experiences a human being can endure.  Any mother, no matter their age or the age of their children, is welcomed to and encouraged to take advantage of the postpartum and other services offered here.  It would truly be an honor to serve you in this way.

जय मा

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