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Thoughts on Being a New Mama- Again

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I am very pleased to be part of the blog hop today. I have a ten year gap between my babies—so the second time for me was, in a way, a chance to be a new mom all over again. I didn’t feel attached to anything I did the first time around and really wanted to enjoy this experience fully. I mean really this is mom thing is something I am only planning on doing twice in my life. And I think really for the most part, pregnancy and mother hood is something we will only do a small number of times over the whole course of our living. And the initial newness of it all only lasts such a short time in the grand scheme of things. So here’s what I’ve picked up, both through my real life mothering experience and my work as a healer & doula.

 

  1. Take 40 days for real!!!! In many cultures across the world mothers take 40 days after birth to recover. DO IT!!!! There are lots of reasons. The first is basic physiology. It is normal in birth for women to loose around 1 pint of blood. If you have surgery or a heavy bleed, this could be more. It is normal—but your body physically need time to recover. The best ways to recover are rest and eating well. This is why you are totally allowed to lie in bed for days and be fed and cared for by doting family & friends. Another reason for the 40 day rest period is to bond with your baby. Sleep together, bath together, drink each other in. This is your babymoon. Live it up. You will never regret loving your baby—and it is impossible to love your baby too much. Of course your partner can join in! This kind of close intimacy is the strongest foundation for your family.
  2. Get your bones closed. When you give birth—no matter how—you open. Physically, emotionally and energetically. Once the baby is in your arms it is time to claim that energy back for yourself and support your body physically moving back together. You can do this with rebozo, with belly wrapping and with yoga and mediation. Your pelvic floors and energy levels will thank you! Read more here.
  3. Just do what you like! Be really kind to yourself and let go of what you feel like you ‘should’ be doing. Honestly there are no parenting choices that are really impossible to undo if you change your mind later. If something doesn’t feel right or isn’t working—from basic things like getting dressed in the mornings to harder stuff like bed times or feeding, be flexible and just keep trying things till you find what works for your and your family.

 

 

Finally here is a little treat, a recipe for groaning cake.

 

Groaning Cake:

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A groaning cake is a rich spiced cake that traditionally women bake during labour    (thus the name). As a doula, it is a cake that I pack with as much nourishment as I can and give to new mothers. I always make sure to include iron rich fruits and nuts. The ingredients are flexible and it is a completely forgiving recipe so feel free to experiment—adding pumpkin, banana or berries for example. I bake in a loaf tin so it is easy to slice and for mamas to grab and eat on the go, or while feeding.

 

3 cups flour (I use a combo of spelt & einkorn flour)

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 Tbsp cinnamon

½ tsp cloves

1 Tbsp fresh ginger

½ sweet potato peeled & grated

1 big apple grated

1 carrot grated

½ cup walnuts or pecans- chopped

½ cup chopped dates & apricots

¼ cup orange juice

4 eggs

¼ cup blackstrap molasses

1 tsp almond extract

1 cup honey

¾ cup coconut oil – melted

 

Heat oven to 350 F, 180 C and grease & line bottom of pans with baking parchment (I usually fill 4 ½ lb loaf pans).

Soak the dried fruit in ¼ cup of orange juice.

In bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves.

In another bowl lightly beat eggs, add the rest of the ingredients to the eggs including the dates & apricots in the orange juice.

Add the wet to the dry and mix until just combined.

Divide into 4 1 LB loaf tins and bake about 45 minutes or until skewer inserted in middle comes out clean.

Allow to cool. Taste great served warm with butter or a dollop of cream. Can also be eaten cold. The extras freeze well.

 

Being a first-time mama is an amazing experience. The New Mama Welcome Pack blog hop is a celebration of this life changing event! Follow the links to discover more unmissable advice, stories and essential tips. And if you’re a new mama who wants to rock motherhood without guilt, overwhelm or losing yourself, check out the New Mama Welcome Pack here.

New Mama Welcome Pack / Lotte Lane / Dreaming Aloud / Zhendria / Birthing in Conscious Choice / Natalie Garay / Eli Trier / Knecht Ruprecht / Lise Meijer / Naomi Goodlet / A Lifestyle By Design / Story of Mum / Like a Bird / Holistic Mama / Birth Geek / Joyful Parenting / Stroller Packing / My Healthy Beginning / Mums and More / Kate Beddow – Growing Spirits / Ellen Nightingale / Stacie Whitney / Maternity Leavers / Photography for Busy Parents / Close Enough To Kiss / Atelier Susana Tavares / Offbeat Family / Katie m. Berggren ~ Painting Motherhood / Winship Wellness Blog / Liberate From Weight / Jessica Cary / Art + Craft / Raising Playful Tots / Peaceful Mothering / Play Activities / Lauren Nenna / Nurture You / The Adventure Mama / Be Wise Be Healthy / b.a.d.momGoodmom / Doula in Your Pocket / Making Mom Strong / Adrienn Csoknyay / Joyful Parents / Alison Hummel / Simple Solutions for Photos / Lynne Newman / Euphoric Birth / Mumpreneur Mentor / A Walk in the Clouds / Parenting on the Fence / MiaMily

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World Doula Week Distance Healing

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This is the alter I made for the distance healing. I love the quince blossoms!

 

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This is Jessica A.’s alter, I love the egg candles!

World Doula Week Distance Healing:

 

Jessica and I offered our first distance healing together on Friday the 28th of March in honor of World Doula Week. As doulas , we felt that we wanted to be of service and give a gift in joy and love from our hearts. What better way to honor birth workers and birthing mothers alike than to offer a distance healing?

 

We started a facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/710970332258175/

And invited all to join and we both felt deeply all who joined in. So many thanks for sharing the love!

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Here is the vision that came to me as I held space for the healing:

 

We gathered in the ancient cave, called the Hall of Women. We greeted each other with hugs and laughter and touching of hands, eyes and hearts. Some of you brought drums. Some danced circles and spirals, pounding earth with bare feet. Some sang, some prayed. We gathered, in the place of spirit.

 

The air smelled of copal, of Santo Palo, of white sage. Together we raised energy from the deep beating heart of the earth and pulled light down from the bright mystery of heaven. And we breathed into our love and trust, in the place of spirit. We sent this out into the world, a gift. Energy that each birthing mother may call upon and use as she needs. The each birth attendant may tap into its presence and use it freely to be more present in the birthing space.

 

Then we were in the great river together. Floating freely through earth and sky. I saw hummingbird swaying above our heads and leopard watching silently from the trees.

 

I asked Hummingbird what message she had and for the birthing mothers and their babies she brought a message of tasting the sweet joy in life. Being light and hopefully and free.

 

I asked leopard what her message was and for the birth workers her message is to have trust in the process, be watchful and a guardian of the magic journey and the space.

 

 

Reflecting on this journey these words came to me:

 

The pain, the tears, the transformation,

Standing at the shadow gate and reaching through to pull new life

Breathing, sighing, crying

Into this body, into this time.

Bless you, bless you birthing mothers.

 

Birth attendants:

Witnesses of the journey

In the most ancient sense,

Guardians of the space,

Knowledgeable guides,

Tenders of the path

Please, touch with care, with thought and with love.

Be the ferry on the river, the bridge as needed.

Find your strength, courage, clarity, compassion and love as your greatest tools.

Listen well and do only as needed and asked.

 

Jessica pointed out that the mother is very much the bridge for the baby and holds the space of birther and birth attendant for the baby—and that felt so right to me.

 

Many blessings to you all from both of us.

 

 

We are so inspired by the depth of the healing that we will be offering it on the last Friday of every month. If you would like to join us please feel welcome here: https://www.facebook.com/MamaBabyWise

 

 

The healings are offered freely but we are honored to take donations to support our work.

You can make donations via our website here: http://www.mamababywise.co.uk