Typically those first few days with a newborn are filled with a roller-coaster of feelings and “congratulation” cards, visitors, calls and support.
However in this current climate so much has changed and you may instead be filled with anxiety and fear at what the future might hold as you plan for a postpartum without the care that you may have been depending on.
When thinking about life with a newborn baby, you could be thinking about how to access the support that you so need and deserve and worried about how best to plan for a postpartum that is now different from your expectations.
The reality is that in this new social paradigm, as a new mother you may not have the 'village' that you expected would be there for you.
However it is still vitally important that you feel nurtured, nourished and cared for in the postpartum weeks so that you are able to offer the same to your baby from a place of optimal health and wellbeing.
The undeniable truth is this: following the birth of your baby, you will never again be the person you once were.
It will take some extra time and effort to set up the support systems necessary to ensure that you can focus completely on your mothering journey and new baby with confidence and ease.
The transition into motherhood and the 24/7 care of your newborn will challenge and transform you on every level whether you be a brand new parent or are welcoming a subsequent baby into your family....
And if you haven't prepared for this transition, your chance of having a smooth and peaceful postpartum is little to none.
"I knew I was pregnant,
but why didn't anyone tell me I was going to have a baby?"
Over 15 years of working with and caring for pregnant and new mothers I have seen the same patterns emerging time and time again.
Women spend a lot of time thinking about the birth of their baby but often do not put the same care and consideration into planning the postpartum weeks.
By not adequately preparing they are inevitably experiencing:
But it needn't be this way...
Women and partners who invest time and energy into planning for and being supported during their postpartum weeks have a different story. They report feeling nurtured, nourished and less stressed as well as more confident, prepared and satisfied as new parents.
Unfortunately however, postpartum planning is often woefully overlooked as we focus instead on the pregnancy and birth.
Many expectant mothers feel that they've done all the right things, like spending countless hours researching their pregnancy symptoms, buying all the must haves, planning for their ideal birth and daydreaming of their new arrival, however, the most critical 'to-do' that will provide for an easier and more seamless transition into motherhood sadly remains undone....
But for those women who do know, a more peaceful and joyful postpartum awaits them.
All it takes is an intentional dose of courage and an understanding of the importance of the postpartum weeks as being vitally important for the health and wellbeing of a mother and the family as a whole.
"Sometimes asking for help is the most meaningful example of self-reliance" — Anon
But it's important to understand that a positive postpartum experience needs to be thought about and planned for in advance during pregnancy so that you are prepared with the care and knowledge that you need.
While the majority of new mothers will struggle through their postpartum, there is a big opportunity for those who see the sense in doing something different — in choosing an alternative way; a way that has been used by many other cultures for centuries.
All over the world and in virtually every indigenous culture there are systems in place focussed on the care and attention to a new mother after the birth of her baby.
'The Golden Month' in China, 'The Sacred Window' in India, or 'La Cuarentena' in South America, each signifies a period of time (often 30 to 40 days) where the newborn mother is cared for, nurtured and nourished so that she has the time and space to heal, recover and rejuvenate.
However, for those women who don't have access to these transformative traditions, there is still hope...
All around the world and through this current crisis, some people are seeing the benefits from living their lives more intentionally — by taking the time to slow down and live more mindfully.
It's about choosing to do and have less and making our lives more spacious and relaxed, so we can create the time to focus on the things that are truly meaningful to us.
The Slow Living movement has much to teach us about what is important to us and offers insights and wisdom as to how we might accept things as they are, simplifying our world.
For new mothers, this way of living is often key to mental & physical health and wellbeing but there will certainly be challenges along the way.
And that is why I created the Slow Postpartum™ online course.
With the Right Preparation, It Really Is Possible To Enjoy
a Slow and Peaceful Postpartum
Expertly Designed to Help You Create The Perfect Plan For a Slow and Magical Postpartum — Even If Your Last Postpartum Wasn't Ideal or You've Never Experienced Postpartum Before!
An easy to follow online course that gives you everything you need to know and do, so you can step gently — and easily — into motherhood.
Each module has been expertly designed to move you from feeling overwhelmed to feeling prepared and confident for your upcoming postpartum
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. If you don't know what you want your postpartum to look like, how can you make it a reality? In this lesson we explore your own personal values and parenting philosophy and how this can help you to intentionally manifest the postpartum of your dreams.
In this lesson we explore how you can plan for the hurdles that can get in the way of your ideal postpartum so you can avoid challenging circumstances like exhaustion, depletion, and relationship breakdowns.
You've heard the saying 'it takes a village to raise a child' but unfortunately in the current climate many new mothers do not have access to the 'village' support that they so deserve and need. However all is not lost. During this time we have to think outside of the box and draw together different forms of support whether that be online resources or asking for help from our community.
Learn the art of "baby proofing" your relationships, so you don't have to experience the difficulties and friction most couples will experience postpartum. We also focus on how to navigate potential problematic family dynamics that could undermine your confidence and impact your postpartum.
Discover the little-known power in maximising your unique 'hormone cocktail' so you can ensure that you have what you need to ensure that you are able to fall deeply in love with our new baby and breastfeed successfully (if you choose to breastfeed).
In this lesson we explore the similarities of traditional care practiced in virtually every indigenous culture and how we can plan to bring some of the most beneficial practices into our own postpartum plan.
Many women are left surprised and shocked by some of the physical changes that they had not anticipated or prepared for. In this lesson we will discuss how a little understanding and preparation can help you to reduce (or avoid entirely) some of the postpartum issues that many women suffer, so you can feel confident and at ease in your new body.
Your journey throughout pregnancy, birth and into motherhood will likely be one of the most powerful and potent transformations of your life. In this lesson we explore and celebrate your personal 'Matresence' and the profound changes you will travail when you become a mother, so you can discover the life-changing and meaningful lessons it has to teach you.
After directly and indirectly working with over 10,000 pregnant and postpartum women, I've gathered a few extra resources that I know you'll love
A selection of my favourite recipes, created with specific postpartum guidelines to nourish you following birth. I will also guide you on how to create meal plans so that you have the optimal nourishment during your postpartum weeks.
The Peaceful Mama Guided Meditation has helped many of my mamas to deeply relax, restore and rejuvenate after the birth of their baby.
Total Focus On You Is NOT An Indulgence
"Jojo’s passion for caring for new Mums is so genuine and such a breath of fresh air when you need it... total focus on YOU is not an indulgence but a necessity in the often lonely and overwhelming postpartum experience. I can't recommend her highly enough!"
I Think It Was The Best Investment We Could’ve Made
"Jojo helped us prepare in late pregnancy and offered so much support and wisdom during the fourth trimester...I strongly recommend Jojo if you want some loving non-judgmental support in the postpartum period. Every woman should have a Jojo!"
Where Do I Start With The Fabulous Jojo?
"We planned out what the first few weeks might look like and especially the relationships in our world which was important to us... I totally recommend Jojo to enhance your postpartum experience and get the best start to your child's life and yours as a parent."
I am so delighted to have you here! It is my life’s work to care for, nurture and support mothers, babies and families.
In 2005 I created the Bella Mama Pregnancy Spa & Wellness Centre in Auckland where, along with my team of committed and compassionate therapists, we cared for over 10,000 pregnant mothers and families throughout the special journey that was their pregnancies, births and transition into parenthood.
After running Bella Mama for 14 years, I made the choice to devote myself wholeheartedly to the one-on-one focussed care of my mamas.
As a qualified and highly experienced postpartum maternal care specialist (doula), mentor and educator, I will share with you what you can easily do so you can create a truly joyful and slow postpartum!
Alissa Jade Wilson
I have so much love, admiration, respect and gratitude for Jojo
"My parenting journey was hugely influenced, encouraged and enlightened through Jojo and her wisdom. I have benefited hugely from meeting Jojo, not only from her wisdom and teachings, but from her warmth, love, support."
Jojo is so passionate about helping new mamas in the big but often overlooked fourth trimester
"Her nonjudgemental and loving advice and words throughout the Fourth Trimester were a welcome comfort. She has a lot of knowledge and experience to share."
This has been an investment I would recommend to all
"She has allayed my fears and anxieties from my first birth and left us with such an enormously positive experience that I cannot recommend her highly enough. With her encouragement, care and guidance I felt empowered in those first few weeks post birth."
"The great benefit of slowing down is reclaiming the time and tranquility to make meaningful connections--with people, with culture, with work, with nature, with our own bodies and minds"
— Carl Honore
Give Yourself Permission To Take It Slow
Are you ready to join a growing group of women who are choosing to adopt a Slow Postpartum™ so they can have a fulfilling and memorable start to motherhood?
Some of the benefits in choosing a Slow Postpartum™ will be...
Learn to plan the type of postpartum you'll wish you could re-live over and over again!
*all prices in USD
For those who want one-to-one guidance in planning for their postpartum
*all prices in USD
The Slow Postpartum™ course has eight lessons and could be completed in a minimum of one week or take a number of weeks, depending on how motivated you are to get through the content. It is advised that you do complete the training before 38 weeks since babies do have a habit of coming early and you'll have the best chance of making sure you have your Slow Postpartum™ plan in place.
Access to the self-paced course is an investment of $249 (USD). For those looking to have one-to-one coaching for planning their postpartum, the investment is $550 (USD).
Upon enrolling in the course, you will be sent course login details to the email you used during checkout. These login details will enable you to log into the platform that contains this transformative content.
The self-paced course has all the content you need to plan successfully for your postpartum, so you can have a slow and joyful experience.
The mentoring provides you with personal access to Jojo Hogan so you can create and discuss the vision for your postpartum, as well as access to your very own Slow Postpartum™ Planning Board, including exclusive resources and bonuses.
You have lifetime access to the course materials.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org