Postpartum: Wisdom and Wellness
A class by Ashley Grandkoski, L.Ac., LMT
In this class we seek to address a major cultural lack of information about and preparation for the postpartum period. As a contrast to a birth class, which prepares one for the intense, but relatively short experience of birth, this class provides practical, useful and extremely important information and tools regarding the experience of becoming a parent and all the physical, emotional and spiritual changes that are wrapped up in that transition. In addition to talking about practicalities of self-care, including nutrition, lifestyle, logistical planning, and coordinating support, we will also explore emotional well-being on several levels, how partners can be maximally supportive, planning for setting good boundaries and how to prioritize self-care. We will discuss postpartum physiology and the importance of rest, nourishment and restoration for short- and long-term health of both mother and baby. We will also briefly discuss cultural norms here and elsewhere and what they have to teach us about the postpartum period. This class will be both highly practical in providing you with tools and resources to help you navigate life after your baby's birth, while also giving you reflective exercises to explore emotional, psychological and spiritual challenges that may arise. This class is open to any expectant or new moms, as well as to their partners or support people. It is also open to doulas or other birth support professionals interested in gaining insight into the postpartum time.
Next offering TBA.