INNATE Postpartum Care

In cultures throughout our world, an extended care period for Mothers after birth has been observed since time immemorial.  During approximately the first 40 days after birth, women traditionally received a plethora of bodywork, healing foods and heat-inducing therapies—all focused on healing and fortifying Mothers strength.  This type of postpartum care came from the cultural recognition of the tremendous work Mothers do growing and birthing babies.  Postpartum care was understood as a necessity—so that Mothers could most effectively raise the next generation.

In modern times there is an enormous emphasis placed on caring for our bodies during pregnancy, with virtually nothing offered to address the myriad of postpartum needs.   When we truly understand what it takes to physiologically recuperate from pregnancy and childbirth, we as women would not feel the need to return as quickly as possible to ‘normal,’ and we would gracefully demand for ourselves the care we deserve.  Once we begin to take ownership of what we are deserving of, then our communities and world will begin to support us in this.

INNATE Traditions offers INNATE Postpartum Care so that women can most optimally heal and integrate after the tremendous work of pregnancy and birth as well as INNATE Postpartum Care Classes, to educate birthworkers how to optimally care for their postpartum clients.

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There is a physiological basis for the need of postpartum care and a strong link between post-partum health and post-menopausal health that is currently not talked about nor understood in modern culture.  Childbirth often initiates a whole host of pelvic conditions such as incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain and discomfort.  Even when full recovery of the pelvic floor appears to be the case after birth, menopause may elicit a return of many of these problems as the collagen support of estrogen is withdrawn.  What this means, is that the Estrogen levels we experience during our childbearing years may –mask—the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction until we reach our menopausal years and estrogen levels drop.  The pelvic symptoms that we then become aware of as we enter into menopause may have actually been there since birthing our babies.

Pelvic floor work is essential to re-establish synergy and vitality in the pelvic bowl after birth.  Taking care of our pelvic bowl after birth is a preventative medicine for pelvic health through our post-menopausal years. 

As a midwife (CPM), I offer the following INNATE Postpartum Care services – so that your postpartum time serves to rejuvenate rather then deplete you, fortifying your feminine landscape for years of Mothering and beyond: 

-Maya Abdominal Therapy — after birth assists the healing of uterine ligaments and assures that the uterus and bladder return to an optimal position.  This therapy also assists in digestion after birth, which is often weakened and distressed.  Maya Abdominal Therapy as well helps to ease the hormonal transition postpartum, and also reduces scar tissue and adhesions from c-section surgeries.  During your session you learn self-care techniques, giving you the tools to take care of not only your belly at home, but also your baby’s.  Maya Abdominal Therapy after birth honors your body, your womb and your whole Self, nourishing a new connection and appreciation of your post-baby body.

-Holistic Pelvic Care™ — offers gentle, internal bodywork techniques, intra-vaginal assessment tools and simple breathwork to physically and energetically align the pelvis after birth.  This treatment resolves post-partum symptoms such as pelvic pain, discomfort, or muscle weakness and greatly assists overall healing; revitalizing your root after birth.  Women who have experienced trauma during childbirth find that restoring pelvic balance aids their recovery.  Holistic Pelvic Care™ postpartum nourishes the heart of your mothering place and helps to rejuvenate what often feels depleted.  Women describe feeling more peaceful even with one treatment, easing their transition to motherhood.

-Yoni Steams — Yoni steams after birth warm the uterus and help shrink the uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size through clearing out remaining lochia.  Yoni steams tone, heal and reenergize your yoni and pelvic floor.  The treatment is usually experienced as very comfortable, relaxing and revitalizing. 

-Rebozo Closings—Using a rebozo/shawl, the body is closed after birth both physically and spiritually, after being opened so wide during pregnancy and birth.  A rebozo closing on a physical level is like a warm, deep hug—from the top of the head to the bottom of the toes.  It is a small ceremony in itself for the Mother, offering gratitude and honor for the tremendous work that pregnancy and birth imply.  

-Belly Binding Recommendations—will be made after Diastasis Recti/Abdominal Separation is assessed.  Organic warming pastes are available and can be applied over the abdomen and under the belly binder to bring heat back into the womb after birth.   Belly binders in the early postpartum period:  give support to the womb after birth, help to reduce common back and shoulder pain associated with nursing by improving posture, help relieve muscular and tendon tension throughout the abdomen.  In order to heal Diastasis Recti, the ability to connect with, restore and use the deep muscles of your core correctly is vital to regain function and strength.   However, belly-binders are incredibly helpful while learning new-alignment and doing simple core exercises after birth.

-Temazcal Ceremonies for the postpartum time—together my husband and I offer this ceremony to Mothers and families to honor, celebrate and support healing after birth.  The Temazcal is a ceremony that has been used since time immemorial for peoples’ healing and specifically for women’s health.  The Temazcal is a ceremony to deeply heal the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body. 

Postpartum Packages:

Complete Postpartum Care Package:

Two 2-hour Maya Abdominal Therapy Sessions (Includes abdominal treatment, self-care, and an adjunct therapy—rebozo closing, castor oil pack, yoni steam  OR moxa therapy—another heat inducing therapy). 
Two 1.5 hour Holistic Pelvic Care Sessions

Total Cost:  $490 — a savings of $70.00

Essential Postpartum Care Package:

One 2-hour Maya Abdominal Therapy Session (Includes abdominal treatment, self-care, and an adjunct therapy—rebozo closing, castor oil pack, yoni steam OR moxa therapy—another heat inducing therapy).

One 1.5 hour Holistic Pelvic Care Session

Total Cost:  $245 — a savings of $35.00

Comprehensive Postpartum Care Package:

Two 2-hour Maya Abdominal Therapy Sessions (Includes abdominal treatment, self-care, and an adjunct therapy—rebozo closing, castor oil pack, yoni steam OR moxa therapy—another heat inducing therapy). 

One initial and 2 follow up gentle Chiropractic sessions with Kacie Flegal D.C., to restore pelvic and spinal balance.   The chiropractic adjusting process frees accumulated tension in the spine and pelvic structure, thus restoring biomechanical and nervous system integrity for more ease and flow within the whole body.  For more information on Dr. Kacie’s work see www.elementsofbeing.com

Total Cost: $430.00

When we understand the physiology of the postpartum time as women and its implications for our long-term health—we will once again make postpartum care a priority!