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127 N Higgins Ste 303, Missoula, Montana

connectsomatically@gmail.com

(406)546-6017

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Postpartum Education, Wellness, and Care

Proper postpartum care is essential for longterm health and wellness

(As a certified INNATE Postpartum Care Provider, I teach a month long course on the 5 essentials of postpartum care. Find details here)

Known as the Cuarentena in Mexico, the Golden Month in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and The Sacred Window in Ayurveda, the first 6 weeks after the birth of a baby is recognized around the world as being essential to avoid depletion and maintain health. Cultures that value the mother-baby dyad as an integral part of societal health all share certain care protocols. Supported by Western sciences and physiological understandings, these ancient disciplines have long known the importance of communal support, adequate rest, warmth, appropriate foods, and bodywork.  

 

Planning for the fourth trimester is essential to assure long term health for the new mother. A family needs to have a pre-planned support system in place to allow the new mother sufficient rest in order to recover.  Without this system, a woman is more at risk of hemorrhage, organ prolapse, pelvic floor dysfunction, developing autoimmune disorders, and postpartum mental health disorders. By providing physiological care, a family can increase healthy attachment with their children through reducing nervous system stressed, improve breastfeeding outcomes, and speed physical recovery. 

 

Fathers or primary partners should never be expected to be a mother's entire support system. Fathers may experience stress or potential trauma during the birth, and will also require nervous system support in order to process their experiences. They're also tired, overwhelmed, and only one person. Expecting your primary partner to be your support system will create additional stress on the relationship and cause burnout for both of you. 
 

Community and Connection are the foundations of postpartum care

It's in our biology.

Human beings evolved as social animals. Our first instinct in times of stress or danger is to seek the help and support of our community, of people we trust to keep us safe. 

 

When we are unable to find this support and connection, the nervous system will escalate its attempt to keep the body safe. This means we start toward fight of flight responses. This can present as postpartum rage or anxiety. Eventually, if we still are unable to get our needs met and feel safe, the nervous system proceeds to a state of freeze. This can manifest as postpartum depression, fatigue, lethargy, and inability to care for the self or others. 

I am trained and certified as a Postpartum Care Provider by Rachelle Garcia Seliga, founder of Innate Traditions​. Much more than a doula, I am equipped to provided education and care to new mothers and their families. 

I work closely with the fundamental needs of the body so that you and your family thrive. 

Support packages can be personalized and may include:

  • Postpartum education for you, your family, and your extended support system

  • Assistance organizing your support system

  • Postpartum appropriate, nutrient dense foods prepared in your home

  • Sesame oil massage for lymph drainage

  • Craniosacral therapy

  • Vaginal steams

  • Embodied pelvic care

  • Daily time with you as a new mother to aid with sibling care, laundry, food prep, cleaning, and connection.