The evenings are getting cooler here in the Southern Hemisphere so my thoughts turn to cooking soup for my lovely postpartum doula clients. Not only does a healthy, sustaining soup fit in with the postpartum food guidelines, but it also has the added benefit of being able to be enjoyed with one hand or even in a mug or flask. Important for a new mother who often has her babe...

All over the world and in many indigenous cultures, new mothers have been afforded a period of rest and recovery following the birth of their babies.  'The Golden Month', 'The Sitting Moon', 'The First Forty Days'.  The postpartum weeks have been viewed as an important and potent time where a woman is given time and space to recover from her efforts, fall in love with her new baby and learn...

This is a comment that I make on a fairly regular basis following the oft-asked question "what do you do for your job?".  :-D . The career of a doula is not one that is commonly known here in New Zealand but that is changing as more and more women and families become aware of the need for 'village support' both before, during and after the birth of a baby. The word...

In this article, I explore the various postpartum care practices from around the world and how they benefit and support the new mother.  You can read Part One here. FORTY TWO DAYS FOR FORTY TWO YEARS "After birth, there's a sacred window of time. A time for complete rejuvenation of a woman's physical, mental and spiritual health. A time for deep, extended bonding with her newborn. The first 42 days after birth...

A few weeks after the birth of my son the midwife arrived to find both of us crying.  When asked what the matter was I explained through my tears that unfortunately I had made a huge mistake.  I thought I had wanted a baby but, in actual fact, I didn’t want the baby any more, it was far too hard and I asked her if she wouldn’t mind returning him...

I recently went to do a postpartum visit for one of my lovely postpartum doula clients.  When I arrived the house was full of guests who had come to see the new baby.  They had arrived laden with gifts.  There were bottles of champagne and boxes of brightly coloured iced cupcakes as well as beautifully wrapped presents of clothes and toys for the newborn.  As they chatted, popped another bottle...

As you plan your postpartum sanctuary, it's worth putting in some thought as to how you would like to be fed and nourished during the weeks following the birth of your baby. Not only has your body just completed the extraordinary task of first growing and then birthing your newborn but you will also be moving into a time of healing and recovery from birth, as well as producing breastmilk for...