Postpartum Resources

I am facilitating a postpartum preparation workshop tomorrow here in Duluth, and wanted to put together the resources I recommend for learning more.  I also hate printing things so wanted it here on the website for people to reference after coming to the workshop :)  I am available for postpartum consults and support as well, either to prepare for the postpartum or for actual help during the postpartum.  If you don't get to join me for this weekend's free workshop, I hope to catch you at another soon!  I have lots scheduled throughout the spring.

My favorite resource for most anything is Indie Birth at indiebirth.com where we have tons of free articles, podcasts, free consultations and more.  We also have an amazing 5 week online childbirth class that covers pregnancy, birth and the postpartum, so check that out.

Next, this resource list put together by the Lake Superior Birth Collective (which I'm a part of!) is a great starting point, and I am copy pasting some of the local postpartum specific information from there to here further down the page - http://www.lakesuperiorbirthcollective.com/resource-list-1/
 

Books

The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng OuAfter the Baby's Birth: A Complete Guide for Postpartum Women by Robin Lim

Placenta - The Forgotten Chakra by Robin Lim

After the Baby's Birth: A Complete Guide for Postpartum Women by Robin Lim

Natural Health After Birth: The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness by Aviva Romm

Naturally Healthy Babies and Children: A Commonsense Guide to Herbal by Aviva Romm


Podcasts

Creating Your Postpartum Plan  - http://www.indiebirth.com/the-sacred-postpartum-creating-your-plan-to-enjoy-the-weeks-after-birth/

10 Tips for an Amazing Postpartum - http://www.indiebirth.com/10-tips-amazing-postpartum/

A Close Look at the Early Postpartum - http://www.indiebirth.com/a-close-look-at-early-postpartum/

The Postpartum Body: How to Love Where You are At - http://www.indiebirth.com/the-postpartum-body-how-to-love-where-youre-at/

The Ancient Knowledge of the Postpartum with Rachelle Garcia Seliga - http://www.indiebirth.com/restoring-the-ancient-knowledge-of-the-postpartum-with-rachelle-garcia-seliga/

Preparing for a Peaceful Postpartum, with Julie Nitz and Your's Truly - http://www.indiebirth.com/preparing-peaceful-postpartum-julie-nitz/

Postpartum Body Recovering with Lisa Gillispie - http://www.indiebirth.com/postpartum-body-recovery-lisa-gillispie/

Videos

A video of an herbal bath and closing ceremony 

Another sealing ceremony video 

Video on using ayurveda in the postpartum 

Links/Articles

My favorite article to share with your support team - http://wisewomanwayofbirth.com/after-the-birth-what-a-family-needs/

A great article for dad and partners by a dad - http://betterbirthdoula.org/tips-for-new-dads-from-a-father-of-six/

30 minute audio on what partners, family and friends need to know about the postpartum! - https://www.anymeeting.com/WebConference/RecordingDefault.aspx?c_psrid=E059D9848949

An article I wrote about my postpartum experience - http://www.indiebirth.com/get-me-off-this-yoga-ball-reflections-on-the-fourth-trimester/

Excerpt from the book First Forty Days - https://www.thetot.com/mama/the-first-forty-days-the-essential-art-of-nourishing-the-new-mother/

Photos of postpartum bodies - http://thehonestbodyproject.com/?p=1047

Info about the Sacred Postpartum movement - https://www.sacredlivingmovement.com/the-art-of-sacred-postpartum

Local Resources

PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION

Duluth Placenta: Rachel Voigt. duluth-placenta.com. 262.365.4833.

First Place on Earth: Jesse Dykhuis (APPA). thefirstplaceonearth.com. 612.481.0830.

Lunula Duluth: Cooper Orth (IPPA). lunuladuluth.com. 715.497.7139.

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION SUPPORT

Annie Choate: Birth & Postpartum Doula. Postpartum Support International Coordinator for the Duluth Area. ann_choate@yahoo.com. 218.310.2038.

Blair Hysjulien, LICSW: 915 Hammond Ave Suite 200 Superior, WI. rootedfolks.com.

Mary Ann Marchel, LGSW: Duluth Counseling Center 8 North 2nd Ave E Duluth, MN 55804. 218.935.1510.

Angie Adams, LPCC: North Shore Mental Health Services 324 W Superior Street Suite 911 Duluth, Minnesota 55802. 218.666.1565

POSTPARTUM DOULAS

Annie Choate: Postpartum Support International Coordinator for the Duluth Area. ann_choate@yahoo.com. 218.310.2038.

Cooper Orth: Postpartum Doula (IPPA). lunuladuluth.com. 715.497.7139. lunuladuluth@gmail.com.

 


 

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering Review

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering Review

arah Buckley’s book, Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering, is the most comprehensive, holistically minded, and scientifically sound book on pregnancy, birth and early parenting that I have read so far. Part 1 of the book is focused on gentle birth, the hormones of pregnancy, birth and mothering, and the best ways to keep those hormones from being interrupted. In the first few chapters she offers the ideas of instinctive birth, and undisturbed birth as templates for understanding the kind of gentle births that are possible when we leave well enough alone and let the process unfold as it was meant to without interference, interruption or intervention. 

Understanding Ultrasound

Understanding Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a technology that works similarly to the way bats use echoing sound waves to fly and hunt at night. Ultrasounds within the context of pregnancy and birth are used to get information by creating images of the baby, the baby or placenta’s blood flow, or listening to the baby’s pulse. The ultrasound wand that is placed on your belly sends a beam of fast (ultra) sound waves at the baby which then bounces off of the baby’s body and back to the beam. The sonogram machine turns that information into an image of the baby. The Doppler technology turns it into an audible rhythm (and sometimes an image) of the baby’s pulse. 

What’s a “midwife” to do?

What’s a “midwife” to do?

What does a midwife do? What is the role of a midwife within the vision I hold of healthy, vibrant, empowered communities? I’ve been trying to answer this question succinctly and clearly in my brain for a few weeks now, as I feel myself getting pulled into discussions (and sometimes arguments) over the topic more frequently. This post is as clear and succinct as I've gotten so far.

Pregnancy After Loss

Pregnancy After Loss

I haven’t written anything new in a while now because for the last two months I’ve been in the midst of my own pregnancy experiences again, waiting until I actually felt like I had something I could say about any of it. It’s hard to write about pregnancy and birth from a third party perspective while I’m in it, and I didn’t think a whole post just about how terrified I’ve been would have been too useful. So as I round the corner into the second trimester, I wanted to share my experiences so far dealing with pregnancy after previous loss.

Revolutionizing the Way We Think About Weight

Revolutionizing the Way We Think About Weight

We are subjected to fitness tests and body fat percentage tests in our public schools, and we are taught over and over again in so many ways that our weight and our size determine how much we are valued by our communities and our loved ones. Most of us are not taught about nutrition, quality of ingredients, how to grow or prepare delicious whole foods, or most importantly, how to tune into our own intuition about what our body needs. Some thin women still think they are too large, or may alternatively feel shame or embarrassment about being thin. I have yet to have a conversation about weight and body image with anyone who had no experience struggling with their own. So this message is for everyone, because it affects everyone. This has GOT TO STOP. This is completely insane, disordered, and is taking away our time, energy and power as amazing, radiant, beautiful human beings.

A Midwife is Not a Midwife Is Not a Midwife

A Midwife is Not a Midwife Is Not a Midwife

I am 13 weeks pregnant now, and this is the point in pregnancy where most people either have found a midwife, or are in the process of finding a midwife to work with. There is wide variation in the timing of this, but most people have a first appointment between 12-16 weeks it seems. Luckily, I don’t have to do this since between myself and my dear friend Maryn, I have all the pregnancy and birth support a lady could want. I say luckily because I have seen what a “make or break” process this can be, and I don’t say that in a fearful way.

Ordering Your Own Lab Work

Ordering Your Own Lab Work

I am super excited to share my recent experience with ordering my own lab work. I have a pretty clear plan for this pregnancy as far as what labs I want and when I want them, and I have been fortunate enough to have a very good friend and naturopath order my early pregnancy labs for me. I have been intrigued by the websites that claim to let you order your own lab work though, and for my most recent round, I decided to give them a try, especially if I want to order something ASAP, and just to feel that sense of autonomy in my own care.

DIY Prenatal Care at 16 Weeks

DIY Prenatal Care at 16 Weeks

Sometimes I forget that the idea of doing your own prenatal care isn’t something most people have ever thought about or heard of. Someone asked me about my pregnancy at a dinner party the other day, and another guest asked if “they know what I’m having”. I explained that I’m not having any unwarranted testing or interventions, and that there is no “they” that would know since I’m doing all my own prenatal care. The (very nice) woman was a little baffled, and a friend person told her that I’m “a midwife” (not sure how I feel about that). This seemed to satisfy everyone, since of course I could do my own prenatal care if I am a midwife. I felt really annoyed about the whole exchange, because 1) my supposed expertise made it acceptable for me to be doing my own prenatal care and 2) these women and many others assume that they have no place in doing prenatal care for themselves.