September 29, 2017

After birth, a new mama may find herself famished.  The birth journey, coming after possibly months of discomfort and limited eating, combined with a new nursling takes a lot of energy.  Regardless of blood loss, birthing a baby is the largest energy out put a woman has in her life.  In traditional cultures, warming foods are said to heal and stabilize a new mama's body.

When I am pregnant, a significant part of my nesting revolves around food.  I make lists of food to store in the freezer.  Near the end I double almost everything I make in order to have extra meals after birth.  I even tell my husband "This is the first thing I want to eat after birth.  And then, this ...".  The meal preparation in advance also minimizes my day-to-day expectations for a time.  A meal train is a great way to get family and friends on board, and to offer them a way to help tha...

September 15, 2017

 A woman opens her body, her soul, her identity & psyche in order to travel through birth. In many ways all that she was is shattered. She is coming into being alongside her new born babe. The pieces fly around then settle into a pattern so erratic it feels her life is still airborne. The first forty days is the time of integration.                       

There is truly a fourth trimester with its own catalogue of hormonal reactions & physical changes. What took 9 months to form is suddenly gone, but our systems take much longer to shift.  This is postpartum.  Most of us don't plan for this time.  We hear the word "postpartum" in hushed tones, an unmentionable fear that implies suicide and depression instead of the normal progression from pregnancy to new mother that the word actually means.  The most we hear...

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