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Post-partum care
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  • helping you prepare for the postnatal period in advance; helping you mobilize your network and create solid support
     

  • preparing dishes that are especially suitable and nourishing after birth (on request / as a complementary service)

If birth is the climax, leading up to moments of ultimate ecstasy, the period right after is one of ultimate recovery, one of joy in patient healing, and in getting to know new life.

It is often forgotten, I think, how vulnerable this time is. And how essential. The newborn baby needs simple yet continuous and intensive care. The mother is ideally enabled to provide that care, by being cared for herself.

In many cultures, a 40-day (6 weeks) to three month resting period is traditional. During this period mothers are taken care of by women (family or friends) that surround them. In modern Western society, these traditions have largely been lost.

As a postnatal doula I can come to accompany you and your partner after birth, holding space, and offering:

  • mental and emotional support; being your soundboard, "seeing" you, listening to your story, helping your release your emotions
     

  • massage & touch & (other) comfort measures / body work; to help you find your peace and balance
     

  • giving you information and suggestions that can help you better understand what is happening to your body and how you can support this process; put things in perspective
     

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