I approach postpartum as any time after pregnancy and birth, no matter how many years. But in our culture, postpartum is traditionally considered to be the first 6-8 weeks after giving birth. In some traditional cultures, the mother and baby are secluded, sheltered, protected, and nurtured for the first 40 days postpartum.
In India, the highly skilled traditional midwives, the “dai”, bathe, massage, and feed the mother ensuring that her womb and belly heal properly and that her full health and vigor is restored before she takes on the full-time job of childrearing. Learn more about the wisdom of the dai and the discrimination against them.
The first year postpartum, especially, can be a tender time of major physical changes as well as life changes. Frustration and even desperation can set in when mothers don’t have the skills and support to adapt to and cope with this major transformation. Without the family, community, and “village” structures in place, the health of families and often the postpartum mother is “falling through the cracks” of public health.
I’ve heard many stories of mothers whose health concerns such as diastasis recti (often called “mommy tummy”), incontinence, constipation, and depression are disregarded. Without proper education and support, women may not know what solution to pursue, or if a solution exists at all. These issues are often brushed aside, never to be addressed as the demands of parenting take hold.
I specialize in core, pelvic floor, and connecting with your belly and hips as a Postpartum Rehabilitation Specialist. We connect to that powerful center which is so often overlooked in our culture unless it’s for an image or to please others. Your child may be 5-years- old or even 30-years-old and you never got the education and support to heal after birth but you can now if you’re willing to do the work.
With c-section recovery, I work on the scar tissue and teach self-massage for that area to reduce and eliminate scar numbness, pain, and frequently, the disconnection you may feel from your belly. We also address back and hip pain which is often a result of c-section birth which is also major surgery because there is no follow-up therapeutic recovery work generally offered. The massage and specialized deep core strengthening and reconnection of the muscles, tissues, and nerves is necessary for this rehabilitation.
We also address diastasis recti or the split in the belly muscles, pelvic stiffness, poor digestion including constipation, bloating, and incontinence. Women start to blossom when they can get in touch with and appreciate this area of their bodies instead of ignoring it and/or constantly judging it and feeling so much anxiety about the way they look. The core, belly, hips, spine, are the foundation of the body so being strong and healthy means that your posture and movement is free and strong and brings self-confidence and a sense of your own unique beauty.
So from another perspective, POSTPARTUM refers to ALL mothers who have given birth. My purpose and commitment is to address and offer the care and support you need and seek, no matter how many years after giving birth.