Hi, Gals (and guys who cherish and adore their gals)!
Christin, here. I’m an Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula, Holistic Chef, and RYT-200 Certified Yoga instructor based in Franklin, TN.
If you’re reading this, you know what a rich and robust birthing community we have here in Nashville. We are extremely lucky ladies to be surrounded by so many talented, compassionate, wise, and qualified birthing professionals; From birth-doulas to pre and post-natal yoga instructors, healers, therapists, counselors, and lactation experts, we have never been so supported in creating safe, sacred, and beautiful birthing experiences.
My delve into this work as an Ayurvedic postpartum doula is the result of the research I did when my husband and I began to seriously discuss starting a family. As a woman, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend - I have witnessed A LOT of pregnancies, births, and postpartum recoveries and have seen firsthand in the women I love most what a difference proper care during the “4th trimester” makes. My furious quest for cream-of-the-crop new-mama care lead me to Ayurveda’s approach, and in my humble opinion, no other system comes close to supporting the full spectrum of postpartum healing.
Despite the abundance of holistic care available these days, I couldn’t help but notice that many of the services offered post-delivery are primarily infant-centric. Now don’t get me wrong, I love me a good baby, but my passion and primary focus is on serving YOU, the mama. There is no one more qualified to take care of your brand new baby than you, so my role as your postpartum doula is to pamper, nourish, and advocate for YOU so that you can give your best to your newest love-nugget.
Where does Ayurveda come in? I’m so glad you asked! The fact that you’re looking into a postpartum doula for yourself tells me that on some level you believe that birth is a natural and innately feminine experience that shouldn’t be contaminated by toxic societal influence. Our bodies know how to do the damn thing and should be set up and supported for optimal baby-having! Like childbirth, Ayurveda goes back to the dawn of time. It is an ancient wellness modality that takes into account the essence of each individual and how that essence interacts with and responds to nature’s elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether).
What does this look like when applied to postpartum care? When a woman gives birth to her babe, Ayurveda tells us that the qualities of air and ether (space) become over-active due to the space that has just been created in the body now that baby has vacated its cozy temporary housing. Symptoms of this imbalance show up as anxiety, chills, dehydration, heightened sensitivity and a host of other traits that aggravate the healing process.
As an Ayurvedic postpartum doula, I focus on helping you curate the emotional and physical space for transformative healing within a 42-day rejuvenation cocoon.
My scope of practice includes:
Non-Medical/ Non-Clinical Care
Prepare fresh, warm, nourishing foods and teas to support whole-body wellness, balance your hormones, and increase milk production
Facilitate Ayurvedic/Yogic breath and bodywork (I.e. grounding meditations, mindful breathing practices, and warm oil massage for mama and baby)
Provide lactation support, education, and referrals
Support you in cultivating simple, game-changing self-care practices that are implemented slowly to re-ground you and prevent overwhelm
Belly-binding (2 weeks postpartum)
Help around the house! There isn’t a dish I won’t wash, a dog I won’t walk, chatty Aunt I won’t “shoo” or baby I won’t hold to give you time/space to breathe, nap, sit in the sun, wash your hair or just BE
My teacher and mentor, Jenna Furnari beautifully summed up our role when she said:
“The doula focuses on these aspects in order to address the physical,Psycho-social, emotional and spiritual needs of the mother, baby andfamily. Doulas are the conduit of care between the family’s totalhealth and welfare and the mother’s healthcare providers. She is the bridgefrom birth through the 6 weeks.The postpartum doula has filled the void of mothering the mother at the bedside, providing care as past communities surrounding mothers did. This care was passed on from one generation to the next and these offerings reflect this knowledge through the lens of Ayurveda.”
To put a bow on it: You’ve just done the MIRACULOUS. You deserve extraordinary care.