Physical healing after birth takes time and as a new parent with new demands on your body and being, you need to allow yourself plenty of time and space to heal physically, emotionally and to savour the special moments only you and baby will share. Nourishing foods are key to healing your body and ensuring you have the energy and resilience to care for your new baby. Check out my menu for nourishing soups and snacks delivered to your door. New parents are not only healing physiologically, but often mentally. It's important for you to connect and share feelings with someone who is impartial. Birth storytelling is one way you can share your triumphs and disappointments. Another way is to build your community. Do you have friends who are in the same stage of life as you, that you can meet up with regularly? If not, get involved with local baby and parent drop-in groups, or start your own. Your Postpartum Doula can connect you to likeminded new parents in your area.
Many cultures still observe a lying-in period for new mothers and their babies. This is a time when the new mother and her baby are on bedrest, staying warm, being fed and nurtured by family, and cocooning themselves away from the world for a little while. This can be a magical period of irreplaceable moments, away from the hustle and bustle of life, staying cozy at home with only baby to focus us.
When I had heard of the lying-in period in Germany, call Wochenbett or Kindbett (translated to child-bed), I decided I would do this with my second baby. For 7 entire days I stayed in bed with my new baby. I maybe ventured to the sofa in the living room once or twice. My 3 yr old would join us for movies on the laptop in the afternoons, and the rest of the time I was in bed, set up with my snacks and beverages, while my parents cared for my toddler. We established breastfeeding well, which I attribute to this uninterrupted rest time, and to co-sleeping. If I had a time machine I would go back and do this with my first born. The two experiences were a stark contrast.