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Mothering the Mother

After a woman gives birth, it's a very special time. Oftentimes, a combination of hormonal changes, lack of support, inadequate foods, and exhaustion can leave a new mother lonely, overrun, and even depressed. In America, 30-50% of women experience a postpartum mood disorder. These numbers have continued to rise over the last couple decades.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

With the proper reverence, support, and nourishment, it is entirely possible to come out of this season of life feeling rejuvenated. Postpartum is a unique biological period. During this window, the potential to heal is much higher than at any other time in a woman’s life.

In traditional postpartum care, a doula is focused primarily on the mother. While helping with the baby is most certainly a part of my role, I consider myself a “mother-centered” doula. I mother the mother, allowing her to devote her time and energy to her baby. A nurtured mother is the perfect caregiver for her own family.

The 5 Pillars of
Postpartum Wellness


When a mother gives birth she loses a lot of blood. Through this process, a lot of warmth is also lost. To restore this warmth, many cultures recommend new mothers preserve warmth by wearing socks, always covering back and belly and avoiding cold air.

Nourishing Foods

The postpartum digestive system is very fragile. After nearly 10 months of pregnancy and birth, the digestive system is weak and usually lacking in nutrients. During postpartum, brothy, nutrient rich foods are very important.


Rest is maybe the most important aspect of this time. After birth there is a large internal wound. Resting (primarily) horizontally for the first 30-42 days is highly recommended to help restore strength and allow this wound to heal.

Healing Touch

In postpartum, mothers are focused on their baby. Healing touch is focused on the mother. Massage and touch in general leads to more oxytocin for the mother, which benefits both mom and baby greatly.


Community is invaluable to a new family at this time. Whether this is through help cooking or cleaning, or even just a conversation. Friends, family, and professionals all form a protective layer around a new mother and baby.