Slow Postpartum™ has its foundation in the ‘Slow Living’ philosophy, an international movement that, over the last 30 years has spread across the world to encompass such ideas as Slow Food, Slow Travel, Slow Schooling and Slow Parenting. The proponents of the Slow Living Movement are seeking to live a less stressful and more intentional life. Choosing to step back from the fast pace of the modern world and instead, putting greater value on living simply and sustainably. To slow the pace of their lives so that there is time and space for the things that are truly important such as love, friendship, family, community and pleasure.
After many years of caring for pregnant and postpartum women and their families, I believe that the Slow Living Movement has much to teach us about the sacred and transformational weeks both before and after the birth of a baby. Taking heed of traditional postpartum care practices from around the world, I encourage and inspire the mothers that I work with to slow down and value deep rest, rejuvenation and dedicated support during this time.
Hence, the ‘Slow Postpartum Movement™’ was born.
In our Western culture however, these traditions have been lost and instead, we expect our mothers to ‘bounce back’ immediately to how they used to be. There is an immense amount of pressure to ‘get your body back, get your job back, get your LIFE back!’
Mama can I reassure you, that you will never be the person you once were. Instead, you are a stronger, braver, more beautiful and powerful version of that person. A woman who deserves honour, respect and so much tender nurturing care. A person who is worthy of love and support on every level as you do the important work of bringing a brand new human being into the world. A job that must be done with focus, intention, commitment and compassion. A job that cannot be done alone but needs you to be held by those around you.
We were never meant to parent our children in isolation, but instead to have nurturing, loving support at arms reach.
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 conscious choice to devote myself wholeheartedly to the one on one focussed care of my mamas. I made this decision because, despite our world-class health system and the committed preparation that many women put in to ensure that they have happy, healthy pregnancies & births, I witnessed a large percentage of mothers in my community struggling and suffering in the postpartum weeks.
I am passionate about making a difference. Not only in individual families with my dedicated postpartum care packages and mentoring programs but also in my wider community and in the world by educating as to the importance of caring for pregnant and new mothers, fathers, babies and parents. Thus Slow Postpartum™ was birthed into being. I am so grateful that you are here and I look forward to sharing my wisdom with you.
I would love to help you to ensure that the first few weeks after giving birth are a time of peace, joy and comfort. As a qualified and experienced postpartum maternal care specialist (doula), mentor, educator, massage therapist, yoga teacher, aromatherapist and cook, I have a range of offerings to support you over this special and transformative time of your life – your childbirth year.
Whether you are a new mum needing a loving guide to navigate this unknown land, or a second or third (or 4th!) time parent who now knows the importance of gathering your village and wants to ensure you are cared for optimally so that you can enjoy the special first few weeks with your new baby, I would love to help.
“I truly believe that when all mothers and babies are born into a place of peace, love and tender loving care, that this has on-going ripples into their families, communities and the world, thus changing it for the better.”
I invite you and your partner to contact me to discuss your postpartum goals and challenges and set a plan to ensure that the first few weeks following your birth are a time of peace, joy and comfort. I am currently offering online postpartum mentoring packages as well as in-person support for families.
From July 2020 I will be based between the U.K. and New Zealand and available for a limited amount of live-in boutique postpartum doula positions of between six to twelve weeks. If you have a baby due later in 2020 or early 2021 and would love to have focussed and personal postpartum care then I would love to hear from you.