Heal, Nourish & Revitalize
Traditional Postpartum Healing
The importance of Postpartum Healing
Postpartum is a time when the mother heals, connects with her baby, transforms into a mother and lays the foundation for her long term health.
In traditions around the world, the new mother is taken care of, celebrated and acknowledged for her vital role in her family, community and society as a whole.
Now, in this modern world, the postpartum period is disregarded. No longer looked at as an essential time for mother and baby, but more often then not, it is deemed as an after thought, or simply a luxury only to be experienced by those who can 'afford' that type of support.
This disregard has caused serious damage, and the repercussions are felt on multiple levels with mothers, babies and families in regards to their emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health.
As an Innate Postpartum Practitioner my role is to support you during this sensitive period with healing, resting, nourishing, understanding and integrating this powerful transition into motherhood.
The 5 postpartum essentials are;
Around the world there are particular postpartum healing modalities that have been practiced for centuries for the health of the mother, baby and community. These 5 essential practices are universal and each have powerful healing properties to offer the mother during this vulnerable time.
2. Extended period of rest
3. Warming therapies
4. Nourishing postpartum foods
4 week postpartum package
For five days a week i’ll be coming to you home to support, heal and nourish you. Each day i’ll be spending 3-5 hours doing varies therapies, light house work, support you with baby and leave you feeling relaxed and revitalized.
Here are some of the therepies and healing modalities you'll experience;
Sitz bath - A herbal sitz bath is an age old therapy for restoring health and vitality to the reproductive system. Sitz baths apply the principles of hydrotherapy to draw fresh blood to the pelvic area aiding in healing and cleansing from the perineum to the annus. The herbal bath repairs tissue trauma, and soothes and reduces inflammation.
Moxabustion Therapy- Moxa is an herb that has been burned on or near the skin for thousands of years in China. Moxa has a deep, lasting and penetrating effect like no other known herb. It is and has been used to give strength in healing processes and it has qualities that tonifies and moves. In herbal medicine, things that tonify have the potential to cause stagnation (blood clots would be an example) and things that move have the potential of causing deficiency. Moxabustion during postpartum time is a perfect, synergistic balance for both tonifying and moving. It tonifies the spleen, tonifies the abdomen and uterus, helps ligaments return to their pre-pregnancy strength and length, moves fluid/blood, builds blood, returns our internal organ to their proper, pre-pregnancy positioning, and increases blood and qi flow/supply to the reproductive organs.
Belly binding: This has been practices in many parts of the world and its benefits include; Giving support to the womb after birth, speeds up the healing process of the uterus and provides a cleansing of blood clots, supports organs in realignment, improves digestion and elimination, helps reduce common back pain and shoulder pain associated with nursing by improving posture, helps belly to regain pre-pregnancy shape, aids body in reestablishing connective tissues, relieves muscular and tendon tension throughout the torso, relives water tension, decreases bloating, improves circulation, calms nervous system and feels comforting and nourishing.
Vaginal steaming: its a simple way to bring warmth and healing to your root area for your pelvis and overall healing. It softens and loosens remaining birth tissues, clots, and blood within the uterus, helping to cleanse the uterine walls. Helps return uterus to normal size, brings warmth to postpartum body which facilitates the release of oxytocin, softens scar tissues, supports lymph flow in pelvic area, speeds toning of the pelvic floor, assists with healing hemorrhoids, helps release stored emotions, causes the blood vessels of the pelvic bowl to expand, there by increasing blood/circulatory flow- aiding in postpartum pelvic healing, supports with how we feel and think about our bodies and helps to connect us with life supporting energy.
Nourishing broth, stews and soups: Cross culturally soups and stews are emphasized during the postpartum period because they are warm in temperature, can be nutrient dense and are easy for the body to digest. the meat and/ or vegetables of the soup or stew has often been cooked slowly over a period of time retaining its nutrients and softening the meal itself. soups and stews are often made with a foundation of homemade broths. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, slowly cooked foods(as in soups) and lightly cooked foods ( as in steamed vegetables) are seen as more nourishing and kinder to the digestive system. Properly prepared, meat stocks are extremely nutritious, containing the minerals of bone, cartilage, marrow and vegetables as electrolytes a form the is easy to digest for the postpartum mother
Abhyanga massage; In Ayurvedic tradition of India during the postpartum period women receive this hot oil massage daily during the 'lay-in' period. its a very relaxing, soothing, light massage with repetitive stroke. Abhyanga helps the body move store up wastes out of the tissue and muscles; an element especially important during the postpartum period when mother is not active. Abhyanga as well promotes deep peacefulness and generous lactation.
Herbal teas: Adequate hydration is critical to staying warm (which is a must for postpartum mother). Water is amazing at retaining heat, so keeping mothers body properly hydrated means there is more material in her body to retain warmth with. Warming herbal teas are the PERFECT remedy for postpartum mothers.
Closing of the bones ceremony: Using a rebozoo (Mexican shawl) this Mexican tradition is about closing up the mothers hip bones physically and energetically. Two people sequentially 'hug' mothers body together with the rebozoo, beginning at the top of the head and working slowly down to the toes. The mothers body which opened in many ways during pregnancy, labor and the birth itself is in need of a sacred container where she can feel nurtured and is able to relax and release emotions associated with pregnancy, birth and motherhood. The pelvis is the seat of unresolved emotions and trauma; rebozo closing facilitates a gentle healing. This small ceremony is powerful in releasing emotions even many years after the birth itself. Its a simple physical way, honouring the amazing work she has done and is doing. The rebozoo closing is a time to appreciate the mother.
I look forward to supporting you through this incredibly beautiful, vulnerable & sacred time in your life.
Cost 4 week package:
PLEASE EMAIL FOR INQUIRIES AND TO BOOK : IDEL@BIRTHWITHDIVINE.COM
This was exactly what I was searching for, I hopped on a plane and for seven intensive days sat at her feet, for another 6 months gained hands on experience and completed my training. What I learned and absorbed during the teachings and hands on experience included ; understanding the physiological & psychological requirement of the postpartum period, stopping the pathologizing of maternal health, learning about new biology & working with science, learning several traditional postpartum care techniques which offer incredible healing, understanding how maternal health is the foundation to humanity's health and so much more.I'm so grateful to be offering these transformative teachings to the community. Thank you Rachel Gracia Seliga for for the teaching of this knowledge and supporting the collective and orienting us back to thriving as families, communities and societies!
Blessings beloved ones!
My journey working with families during the postpartum period started about five years ago. The typical training that is offered in the mainstream birth community to certify you as this support person is often 2 days. This does not equip you to the challenges that the mother, baby and family can face.Feeling disoriented and ungrounded with the way I was serving families, I started my search for something more. I knew there had to be someone out there who had true knowledge on how to support families during this extremely sensitive time. During my research I finally came upon INNATE postpartum care certification taking place in New Mexico, Taos by Rachelle Garcia Seliga. She is a certified professional midwife with 16 years in midwifery and holistic women's health care.
Innate Postpartum Care Practitioner
PLEASE EMAIL FOR INQUIRIES AND TO BOOK: IDEL@BIRTHWITHDIVINE.COM