AYURVEDIC POSTPARTUM CARE
In Ayurveda, the 42 days of postpartum are considered to be a "Sacred Window" of time where great changes are possible for health, healing, and reconnection to your being as well as for integrating changes inherent with the arrival of your baby. We work with a multilevel approach of restorative care for the birther through supportive bodywork, teaching self-care practices suitable for postpartum and other times in life. Family integration is supported by teaching bodywork for the family including infant abhyanga/massage instruction. As Ayurvedic postpartum doulas, we also support the common changes of breast- or
chestfeeding and managing other rhythms
created when family life shifts. If you live in
the San Antonio, Texas metro area, it is
possible to have specially prepared
nourishing foods and appropriate
restorative herbals delivered.
Hands on care has resumed in the comfort of your home. I am fully vaccinated and will wear a mask in your home. I will be asking about vaccine status for any family I am working with. Some of the following modalities can be taught prenatally or in postpartum by ZOOM. See our Specialty Massage page to book your appointment.
RESTORATIVE BODYWORK: Abhyanga (massage) for birthing parent and other modalities are prized forms of bodywork due to their gentle restorative nature; we also use copious quantities of organic oils; newly birthed bodies that need replenishing absorb quite a lot, typically three to four times the amount used in a regular massage. Infants also absorb oil to nourish their skin and grow! (More details on the Infant Massage page)
There are special scenarios that require alternate forms of bodywork such as marma (Indian acupressure) when birthing was by Caesarean or when the birther is going through emotional upheavals. Lymphatic drainage may be indicated when birther received many fluids in a hospital birth and the fluid is backing up in the system. Arvigo Technique of Maya Abdominal Therapy is used to reestablish the optimal organ function towards the end of the postpartum window.
POSTPARTUM RESTORATIVE COOKING: Growing a baby and birthing, even in the happiest pregnancy and the easiest delivery takes a toll on the birthing parent's body. We gently boost the digestion with appropriate and easy to digest foods; we can make this only for the mama or for the whole family. Certain foods and good quality fats are favored; cooking for postpartum requires a dietary consult where we check with the birther on dietary likes/dislikes and comfort foods. Meals may be tailored for Indian or Western foods, special diets such as vegan or vegetarian, allergen free diets for gluten, dairy or other sensitivities, or to support existing health issues. This personal postpartum chef experience is done in your home and kitchen + cost of groceries & herbs
PACKAGES & PRICING here
DO IT YOURSELF SUPPORT: Along with my colleagues at the Center for Sacred Window Studies, we have created a total online education package for the Do It Yourself approach for the Sacred Postpartum window. The best tips and education for supporting a healthy postpartum are all included in our Empowered Postpartum Preparation: a DIY Course for Expecting Parents. Purchase online here
POSTPARTUM HERBAL SUPPORT: Birthing and lactating parent receives a six week supply of three basic herbal formulas, and a four-and-a-half week supply of a fourth herbal that is started on Day 10. Eight weeks is recommended for Caesarean birthed moms. These are prepared as delicious snacks and drinks for supporting lactation, pelvic organ strength, digestion, and for emotional and breast health. + cost of herbs
Special needs herbals are available if required.
We support the family for best integration with a number of other services and therapies as the need arises:
Personal and/or ZOOM instruction plus email of relevant handouts:
Breast- or chestfeeding support
Instruction in belly wrapping, and a variety of abhyanga/bodywork self-care therapies (see the Specialty Massage and Infant Massage pages)
Network of referrals for other family needs
Supportive therapies by mail:
aromatherapy essential oils mailed direct from Young Living, prepaid & consult required
Specific combos can be ordered for:
for the Family in Postpartum
for the Baby
custom made Bach Flower, other flower essences & Sanjeevinis support your mental/emotional health. Mailed to you, prepaid & consult required