Birth is an incredible, amazing and intense journey into the unknown and back again. Women work hard to bring their babies earthside and no woman returns from this journey unchanged. It is a big deal and some cultures ‘do it better than others’ when it comes to honouring and helping a new mother feel valued.
There are many beautiful ways to help honour this transition and help the new mother to feel loved and supported.
Giving birth is cooling for the body. For proper postpartum healing, the mother needs to be warmed. This can be achieved by eating warm soups, drinking warm teas, being massaged with warm oils and being wrapped in warmth. Warm baths and heat packs feel very nurturing and aid the mother in restoring balance.
Giving birth is all about opening; physically, mentally and emotionally. After the work of labour, women can feel raw and open. It makes sense that a ceremony or process that helps 'close' the mother again, is very beneficial for her healing.
A beautiful closing ritual that helps to nurture and celebrate the new mother is a ceremonial bath. This can be made even more beautiful with flowers, aromatherapy and healing herbs. It helps the new mother to heal quicker and honours her for the amazing work she did to birth her baby!
Another closing ceremony that can add to the experience is a sacred 'tuck in' using scarves. The mother lies down and is wrapped with heat packs and the scarves are tied to give a feeling of being held in a warm embrace.
Another amazing way to help the new mother feel enveloped with love is to bind her belly. Used in combination with a special herbal paste, it helps firm, tone and strengthen the internal abdominal muscles and the external abdominal skin. This is something I can do for you, so let me know if you’re interested!
Who doesn’t love a massage? It is nurturing and relieves aches, pains and stresses. Be sure to use warm oil. It can help realign ligaments and tissues and uterine massage can help relieve after pains.
Making the new mother a cup of something herbal that aids breastmilk supply is a win-win. Try a blend of: nettle, caraway, fennel and fenugreek. There are many nice teas, find one you like and sit down with a nice cuppa!
There are some incredibly useful herbs that help a new mother to physically heal. I have a ‘Mama Bliss Herbal Bath Mix’ that is soothing, healing and reduces pain and inflammation. It contains Comfrey, Lavender, Calendula, Sage, Yarrow, Rose petals and epsom salts and is available for purchase. Infuse the herbs, strain and add to a sitz bath for amazing relief!
The not-so-new magic pill that helps a new mother cope beautifully with postpartum. A mothers placenta is a rich source of hormones & nutrients and can help ease her transition to parenthood!
Consuming your own placenta can help with reducing or eliminating the ‘baby blues’ and helping prevent post-partum depression, increasing breast milk production, mother/baby bonding, decreasing iron deficiency, helping the mother feel calmer and more balanced and increasing energy levels. See? Magic! I have a purpose-built commercial kitchen that I can safely encapsulate your placenta and return it to you in pill form (making it very easy to take).
So, as you can see, closing the birth journey is crucial for so many reasons. Energetically it helps bring closure, physically it helps the body to heal and mentally/emotionally it helps the mother to transition from maiden to mother.
Something as simple as taking the time to warm and honour the mother can help in ways beyond belief!
If you would like more information on any of the above or to make a booking to have a post-natal session to help you heal, please get in contact! I do belly binding, post-natal closing ceremonies, massage and placenta encapsulation.