A Postpartum Support Series For Loved Ones - Part Two "We can endure almost anything if we have someone at our side who truly loves us, who is easing the burden and lightening the load." - Jeffrey R. Holland
A friend very dear to me told me a few months ago what her experience with postpartum depression was like. Exhausting. Terrifying. Lonely. She talked about feeling so angry and sad & waking up every day wondering when it would stop. If it would stop. What was the most difficult thing to hear amidst all of her struggles was that she felt all of these feelings and had all of these struggles at the exact same time that I did ... and I had no idea. I love this woman fiercly and I saw her every single week the entire time we were on maternity leave together and I didn't know. She didn't know. That broke my heart.
Making Mama Spirits Bright!
Setting up Sweetheart is a series of blog posts on what can be done to support a new mother through postpartum.
How does having an attendant or doula in birth positively impact a family' experience? And why are doulas SO effective?
Mindfulness gives mothers the opportunity to get rid of the 'noise' and to let go of the things that do not matter and the ability to focus on what does. The bedtime snuggles, the book your three year old wants to read 12 times this morning, to watch the stars or carve the perfect Mickey Mouse pumpkin this halloween. To revel in the little moments and truly watch your children grow and become and to pour into them with all your mama heart. Your peaceful mama heart.
Have you ever thought that there could be more to prenatal and postnatal care than what you are experiencing now? There is much to be said about enlisting the support of practitioners of traditional or complementary medicine in pregnancy, labour & postpartum. Chiropractors, Naturopaths, Acupuncturists, Aromatherapists & Doulas can provide services that complement the knowledge and expertise your care-giver has in many ways, working towards a healthy pregnancy, empowering birth experience and a gentle postpartum transition.
An amazing (and easy) recipe for postpartum soup!
Whether you drink coffee, tea, wine or green smoothies, it doesn't matter. It's just that when you're together it feels amazing. Everytime I spend time with someone in my mama tribe I am reminded of how much I need it.
Mother's need their postpartum period to rest, recover and connect with their infants but often, rather than being nurtured and encouraged they find themselves exhausted, overwhelmed and burnt out. What can we do to reverse this detrimental trend? Mothers truly deserve so much more.