"After birth there is a Sacred Window of time; a time for complete rejuvenation of a woman’s physical, mental and spiritual health. A time for deep, extended bonding with her newborn. The first 42 days after birth set the stage for her next 42 years." Ysha Oakes
Ayurveda, a 5000 year old healing tradition, acknowledges that the journey to becoming a mother is a great transition. As with all transitions, something has to give way in order to make space for something else, making the first 6 weeks after childbirth a very fragile and sensitive time for both mother and baby; physically, spiritually and emotionally.
We tend to focus more on the pregnancy and birth experience, considering less how the time will look in the hours, days and weeks after childbirth. Unfortunately we live in a culture where the mother is championed if she is up and about shortly after her labor.
A period of confinement after childbirth is encouraged by many traditional cultures, usually lasting around 40 days. During this time, it is is understood that the new mother will rest in bed, receive massages and have healing food brought to her, allowing her to focus on physical recovery, the emotional connection with her sensitive newborn and to establish successful breastfeeding.
It is my personal experience that this period of peace and rest is absolutely vital to a full and successful recovery, but unfortunately many of us don't come with a village of support around us who can understand the sensitivity and vulnerability at this time.
My role as a your postpartum doula is to provide multi-faceted support to you and your family so that this transformational time can be a treasured and nurtured experience.