In the U.S., postpartum care is woefully sparse. Mothers are expected to be back to “normal” almost instantly, and with the frequent lack of family and close community near by, and partners returning to work within days, mama’s are forced to take on an enormous amount of physical and emotional strain. ❤️
I am a HUGE proponent of the custom of “lying in” or “taking the month”. In many cultures, new mothers (no matter what number Baby it is) are treated like queens. They are fed warm nourishing foods, treated to daily massages, and freed from all chores and obligations except for bonding with their new baby. Many cultures also include “closing” or “sealing” rituals, to protect mother’s open body.
While this exact formula might not be practical in Los Angeles, we can come close. ❤️
The wonderful book @thefirstfortydays
is an invaluable resource and should be read by mothers, fathers, grandparents and friends.
Things like limiting visitors, asking for help with house work, starting a meal train for food delivery, eating warm nourishing foods, seeking a lactation consultant early, arranging for massage or acupuncture as often as possible can go a long way in preserving mother’s health and preventing postpartum depression. ❤️
At Acupunktrix new mamas are restored to their vibrant selves and I’m even available to come to your home. 🌸 We need to return to valuing and cherishing mothers. In whatever ways we can.
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