3-Day Traditional Postpartum Recovery Practices Workshop
Traditional Postpartum Practitioner Training
By Valerie Lynn, The Mommy Planner
Incorporating traditional feminine healthcare into your organization.
Who can benefit?
Holistic professionals who want to meet and improve the diverse needs of the maternity industry. Professionals such as doulas, midwives, nurses, massage therapists, and lactation consultants.
Expecting Mamas who want to learn what condition their body will be after child birth and how to correctly manage their recuperation to strengthen and shorten their recovery time.
“In other parts of the world, most women begin their recovery from the 5th day after childbirth. In the U.S., women don’t even begin to think about recovery until after the six-week post-delivery check-up. There is an important ’Healing Window of Opportunity’ being missed by American women, which results in a weak and prolonged recovery period of a year or more. Women do not have to, and should not, wait this long.”
Valerie Lynn, Author of The Mommy Plan
This intensive 3-day workshop presents traditional after-birth practices and guidelines like never – using medical and nutritional science and anatomy as the basis for explanation. Why have they been around for so long and how do they work? You’ll find out about recovery options and alternatives that you never knew existed.
Traditional holistic healing practices are making a strong comeback. Why? Because the proof is in the effectiveness of the healing. Learn how managing post-maternity diet, activities and personal care, before the six-week medical exam, can support and accelerate the body’s healing process.
PRACTICE CLINIC FOR PRACTITIONERS: Every student is invited to take part in a monthly practice clinic held at BINI Birth, Sherman Oaks, California co-sponsored by Home Birth Service of Los Angeles (www.homebirthservice.com) and Post-Pregnancy Wellness Company. Students can practice on one another and/or invite someone to practice the techniques learned in class.3
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This body of knowledge regarding how the rest of the world views post-pregnancy wellness may be new to women in the United States. However, three billion people on the planet follow a well-structured set of post-pregnancy recovery guidelines in stark contrast to those that are typical in America.
Extended paid maternity leave alone is not enough IF a mother’s recovery is not managed. The #1 complication from pregnancy is recovery. Over 1,000,0000 women, or 1 in 5 new mothers, or 20%, experience Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) resulting in a $20 billion cost to the U.S. economy. Learn the maternity recuperation guidelines from Malaysia, a country with a PMAD rate of just 3%, that is setting global benchmarks.
Why Are There No Postpartum Recovery Guidelines?
Simply, because healing and recuperation of a new mother takes place at home and is not the responsibility of the doctor. The conventional practice that has been followed is the medical responsibility of an OBGYN normally ends with a successful birth of a baby and then a physical check at six-weeks postpartum. A doctor is not response for the healing and recuperation of a mother so there was no interest nor focus on this final part of pregnancy.
Maternity leave alone does not guarantee a new Mother will return to work performing at the same level as prior to going on leave. Many organizations have made the significant decision to honor new families by investing in an extended, paid maternity leave policy. However, leave is only part of this complicated equation; another part is guidelines specific to recovery after pregnancy and childbirth.
New mothers require this vital information, presented in a concise step-by-step manner, to manage their post-baby nutritional diet, personal care and activities. This knowledge will not only increase the likelihood of a strong, healthy and balanced recovery, but also ensure the return of happier and more productive employees as they are able to have a faster, strong recovery allowing for quality-bonding time with their newborn.
Maternity Leave + Traditional Postpartum Practices =
A Roadmap to Recovery After Pregnancy
Expectation of an Employer returning from Maternity Leave
- A well-rested, healed productive employee returning to positively contribute to the organization functioning physically and mentally as prior to going on maternity leave.
- Most new mothers return not physically healed or hormonally re-balanced which is directly related to maternal mental instability as their minds are on their baby leading to reduction in productivity and an increase in illness and absenteeism.
Extended, paid Maternity Leave does not guarantee:
- That an employee will return.
- That an employee will be as productive as she had been previously.
- That an employee will return and quit the same year.
- That an employee will not experience postpartum emotions that may have an adverse effect on job performance.
Why is Maternity Leave alone NOT sufficient?
- Due to cultural norms, women in the United States typically delay their recovery until after Phase I or, the 6-week medical exam.
- The critical Phase 1: 0 to 6 weeks post-birth – is the “Healing Window of Opportunity” that is not well understood; neither is Phase II – 6 weeks and beyond.
- Currently, maternity-specific, recovery guidelines and proven recovery programs that focus on after birth diet and personal care exist in many countries around the world, but not the United States and most other western countries.
The “Healing Window of Opportunity”
The #1 complication from childbirth is Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders; which are statistically grouped together under postpartum depression or PPD. The official rate of postpartum depression in the United States in 2017 has risen to 20-25%. This means that with an average of 4 million births per year roughly, 1 million NEW mothers are diagnosed annually; this doesn’t include existing PPD numbers. Much of the prevalence of PPD is due to the fact that most American women begin their recovery after the six-week doctor’s post-delivery exam. However, there exists a six to eight week “Healing Window of Opportunity” that women don’t realize occurs and should be take advantage of as it is minimal effort by new moms but maximum results are seen. This window occurs as a woman’s body transitions back to a non-pregnant state.
What We Don’t Know
What many women don’t realize is that the body begins its healing process within hours after the placenta is birthed because of significant the drop in the levels of hormones. Women in other cultures understand this due to cultural upbringing and begin managing their recovery from Day 5 after delivery. American women begin on about day 42, following their 6-week checkup. American moms have generally not known of any other alternatives.
The first 6–8 weeks sets the foundation for the next 3–4 months of healing.
The Malaysian Example – Global benchmark
Ms. Lynn has conducted original research on holistic post-pregnancy recovery practices that are traditional in other parts of the world. Much of the research is from Malaysia, a country with the lowest rates of PPD in the world at 3%. Valerie spent four years gathering information, as nothing was written down or in English. In Malaysia, the government has incorporated postnatal body therapies and treatments into its Maternal Health Care Policy. Each mother is afforded the opportunity of six-two-hour body treatments and abdominal wrapping within six weeks of delivery. These, in combination with diet, activity, and personal care guidelines, all contribute to a very strong post-pregnancy recovery, much more so than American women experience. As a result of her research and experience, in Malaysia, Ms. Lynn is a zealous advocate for preventive measures which women can take to reduce the chances of suffering from postpartum depression, beyond the “baby blues”, which is a relatively normal and transient condition.
Topics Covered in the 3-day Workshop
Students are required to bring the following supplies.
Community Class rules
In order to keep the class price affordable for all, students must pitch in together to keep the teaching space clean and orderly. Each student is responsible to clean up after themselves (food, drinks, teaching items and products used) and keep their area/seat is clean. At the end of each day it will be a community effort to ensure room and teaching products and items are cleaned, packed and put away.
To fully participate and experience the traditional after birth recovery practices taught in class bring an old change of clothes you don’t mind getting herbal product or oil on. Students pair off and will be practicing the Bengkung wrapping standing-up and the massage lying down on the floor on your own matt. Also bring items that will make you comfortable such as slippers, comfy clothes, back pillow, etc.
Fresh Herbal Compress
• A pair of scissors.
• One set of measuring spoons.
• A large bowl and spoon to stir and work with the fresh herbal mixture.
• Please note that your hands may become temporarily stained yellow when handling fresh herbs. You can bring tight fitting latex gloves.
Fresh ingredients to assemble ONE fresh herbal compress
To maximize teaching time purchase and prepare the ingredients prior to class and bring in a container with a lid. You will need approximately 1 cup of each ingredient cut-up very small, minced-style; excluding the sea salt and black pepper corns.
- green lime peel, only, no fruit
- lemon grass
- Unpeeled, fresh, mature or old, ginger root or rhizome (old ginger has a thick skin and less moisture than young ginger)
- Unpeeled, fresh turmeric rhizome
Important note: The ginger and turmeric do not have to be peeled but they must be washed and scrubbed very, very well before cutting.
Bring on the day
- 1/2 tablespoon: Sea Salt
- 1 tablespoon: Black peppercorns
- 3 large zip lock bags
Tip: If you cannot find ingredients in your local store it is recommended to order on line where all ingredients are easily available. Old ginger is easily found in supermarkets and items such as turmeric and lime leaves on line. | After thoroughly washing cut the ginger and turmeric into small pieces – larger than mined. If the pieces are cut super small it will cause the natural moisture to seep out.
Bring an extra pair of underwear.
Heat-infused Abdominal Massage
Wear clothing that you won’t mind if it becomes stained from turmeric or oil.
Other supplies needed:
- 2 Hand – towels.
- 2 Bath towels.
- Thick yoga matt or thick matt to use on the floor during massage. You can bring a small, flattish pillow for the head.
- Hand wipes.
- Notebook, pen/pencil, sharpie marker, colored marker.
Links to pre-reading material emailed to participants. It is important that material is read prior to attending the training.
At the end of this workshop participants will:
1. Discover why Malaysia has the lowest rates of Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) in the world.
2. Distinguish and compare Eastern and Western postnatal recovery philosophies, and practices, by having a clear understanding of exactly what traditional postpartum recovery practices are, and what they are not.
3. Recognize the void of the lack of postnatal knowledge in the United States and fill it with the world’s most holistic and comprehensive practices, based on evidenced-based proof, and adapt it locally.
4. Explain the benefits of an actively, managed after birth recovery compared to an unmanaged, random recovery.
5. Convey confidently to clients the importance and benefits of actively managing the immediate healing from Day 1 during the first six weeks after pregnancy and childbirth, and then beyond with an initial beginning and an end in mind during Phase I of a new Mother’s healing.
6. Summarize post-pregnancy wellness and well-being and the combination is required for a holistic healing to take place.
7. Illustrate the natural process that takes places during the Puerperium period; why it is important and how Asian women successful harness and navigate the body’s transition back to a non-pregnant state.
8. Explain the effectiveness of how a yoni sauna, via steam therapy used for thousands of years, tones, heats, disinfects, heals and assists hormonal re-balancing.
9. Confidently discuss the importance of providing stability to a new Mother’s weakened core, by demonstrating the Malaysian-method of the traditional and modern Bengkung-style of wrapping the core.
10. Explain and demonstrate the importance in preparing a new Mother’s abdomen and core before wrapping so it is more comfortable there by maximizing the effectiveness of a postpartum garment.
11. List the benefits of how supporting a new Mother’s weakened core and self-infused heat encourages a post-baby body to release retained water, fat and air faster and more efficiently.
12. Identify the most effective and popular types of herbs used in Malaysian in a postpartum fresh herbal compress and how to assemble it.
13. Breakdown the specific Malaysian postnatal nutritional and diet guidelines and apply them to postpartum-ize recipes and meals.
14. Develop and personalized structured daily, recovery plans for clients to create an atmosphere that focuses on breastfeeding, healing and recovery and coach them through it.
15. Prepare Dads and primary helpers who will be a new Mother’s support system during the first six-weeks postpartum by specifying how, and what, their role will be according to the Healing and Recuperation Plan that is developed in supporting a new Moms breastfeeding, healing and recovery.
16. List the most popular and effective natural products Malaysian mother’s use after childbirth and why.
17. Identify and offer additional individual and bundled services: fresh herbal compress, abdominal preparation and wrapping, yoni sauna consultation and postnatal meal preparation.
18. Recognize how traditional feminine care can be incorporated into Doula self-care.
19. Create more detailed a personalized Client In-take form.
20. Business module: Clearly identify an ideal client by defining the perfect client avatar.
*Any material that cannot be covered in class due to time constraints will be contained in the student manual.
Cost includes the 3-Day workshop, The Mommy Plan (210 pages), manual, Malaysian postnatal product usage experience, cloth and twine for herbal compress, postnatal recipes, morning snacks and tea.
The class will run approximately from 9:00am – 530pm. Two 15-minute breaks are intended depending on the progression of the material, however students are welcome to take a break if needed. There will be a lunch break for an hour anywhere between 12pm – 2pm. It is recommended that you bring a simple cold lunch, such as a sandwich, for ease of eating in case we are running behind schedule.
Students go home with:
Student manual, The Mommy Plan, Restoring Your Post-Pregnancy Body Naturally, Using Women’s Traditional Wisdom, (book) and one assembled fresh herbal compress.
Available for purchase:
Authentic Malaysian postnatal recovery herbal products will be available.
Certificate of Attendance: At the end of this course each student receives proof of course attendance.
Students can earn
Certificate of Comprehension: After completing a test and scoring at least 70%.
Certificate of Traditional Postpartum Practitioner:
Within six (6) months after passing the test each Practitioner-in-Training must submit the following report:
1. A report on the Traditional Postpartum Practices learned in the workshop was provided to three (3) birth clients including specific services – picture proof, personal observations and client feedback signed by your client.
2. Three (3), 30-day Recovery Care plan including nutrition, meals, personal care, womb care and available mental health resources based on information learn in the training including Postnatal Diet Do’s and Don’ts.
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The Mommy Plan
Restoring Your Post-Pregnancy Body,
Naturally Using Women’s Traditional Wisdom
“It is time to care for ALL new mothers, and The Mommy Plan is an important
key to having the knowledge “toolbox” ready to help.”
Ibu Robin Lim, Global Birth Advocate, CNN Hero of the Year 2012
Reviews of The Mommy Plan
Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, Spring 2016
Lynn’s book provides the reader with a plan to help prepare a new mother and her family for optimum spostpartum recovery. Although no exact cause has been found as a link to all perinatal mood disorders, factors such as hormone imbalances, lack of sleep, previous mental health issues, and inadequate social support are known to predispose some women. Lynn’s book is not meant to make the case that The Mommy Plan will either fully protect against or eradicate a postpartum mood disorder. However, by addressing some of the factors that may play a role in postpartum mood disorders, Lynn offers age-old guidance on how to best set a new mother and her family up for peak postpartum healing, with the hope that this will lessen the likelihood of serious physical or emotional issues occurring.
Valerie’s plan guidelines, “Do’s and Don’ts,” and dietary advice are based on thousands of years old traditions that she learned in Asia, especially from the Malays, an ethnic group in Malaysia. This group of people has a 3% postpartum depression rate, compared to 15% in the United States (which is likely much higher, because many cases go unreported). Lynn’s contrast of Western vs. non-Western post-pregnancy care and traditions will leave you asking, why are we neglecting new mothers in the West? Why do Western women have a higher social standing than those in the East, yet nearly all our needs are ignored during the most vulnerable time in our lives?
DONA (DOULAS OF NORTH AMERICA) INTERNATIONAL
Her plan guidelines, “Do’s and Don’ts,” and dietary advice are based on thousands of years old traditions that she learned in Asia, especially from the Malays, an ethnic group in Malaysia. This group of people has a 3% postpartum depression rate, compared to 15% in the United States (which is likely much higher, because many cases go unreported). Lynn’s contrast of Western vs. non-Western post-pregnancy care and traditions will leave you asking, why are we neglecting new mothers in the West? Why do Western women have a higher social standing than those in the East, yet nearly all our needs are ignored during the most vulnerable time in our lives?
CAPPA (CHILDBIRTH & POSTPARTUM PROFESSIONAL ASSOC.),
POSTPARTUM DOULA CERTIFICATE
The Mommy Plan has been a choice of required reading for the Postpartum Doula Certification since 2013. That, in itself, is the highest endorsement by one of the most well-known childbirth educational organizations in the U.S. and globally.
WENDY DAVIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL (PSI)
“The Mommy Plan by Valerie Lynn is a wonderfully nurturing and informative resource for women and their caregivers. Creating a bridge between the worlds of traditional wisdom and modern research, Valerie Lynn writes in a way that is expert, loving, and familiar. From start to finish, this lovely collection of expert guidance and time-tested wisdom is warm and practical. I felt informed and comforted by this treasure from the start – even as I opened the book and read that it is sealed with a non-toxic layer so that new parents who are fortunate enough to pick it up are free from chemical exposure.
Flow of course
The course will be based on information contained in The Mommy Plan plus the Malay and Thai traditional methods of after-birth body care, which is a holistic sequence of post-baby treatment, including body and hot stone abdominal massage, Yoni sauna (vagina steams), modern tummy wraps, body scrubs and herbal mixtures.
From top left: Faces of Bayon Temple, Angkor Wat, Cambodia. | Enjoying Indian banana leaf food, Malaysia. | Taking in a Balinese garden, Bali, Indonesia. | Buying flowers, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
From top left: Teaching a free postpartum care class at Yayasan Bumi Sehat, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. | With my gal pal and hero, Ibu Robin Lim, CNN Hero of the Year, at Bumi Sehat. | Yummy street food, Malaysia. | Being interviewed on Bernama Today TV Show, Malaysia. | BFM – Business Finance Malaysia Radio Interview, Malaysia.
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VALERIE LYNN, The Mommy Planner
Valerie Lynn is one of the leading New Motherhood Recovery Experts in the United States. She is an Expert on Traditional Feminine Healthcare specializing in Postnatal Recovery.
Valerie, known as The Mommy Planner, has been a major force in introducing and modernizing traditional after birth recovery practices, more specifically the Malay traditions and treatments, to women globally. Through her own 15-month experience of postpartum anxiety and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) after the birth of her son in 2007 while living in Malaysia. Valerie turned to traditional feminine healthcare to re-balance her post-baby hormones and heal herself naturally through herbs, feminine-focused treatments and an enriching diet.
Valerie has benefited first-hand from Eastern medical practices while living in Asia for over 16 years and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for twelve of those years. She researched, wrote and published her first book, The Mommy Plan, Restoring Your Post-Pregnancy Body Naturally Using Women’s Traditional Wisdom in Malaysia by way of the Malaysian Ministry of Health, Traditional Complementary Medicine department. Valerie conducted research in hospitals and in the field. Malaysia is leading the world in after birth care as it’s Maternal Health Care Policy provides each new mother (who gives birth in a public hospital) 6-free, 2-hour body massage, treatments and abdominal wrappings and feminine-focused medical care. The result is Malaysia has one of the lowest rates of postpartum depression in the world at just 3%. The Mommy Plan is endorsed by several leading childbirth educational organizations in the U.S. and internationally.
Valerie’s subsequent cookbook-in-development due out in early 2018, The Mommy Plan Recipe Book: Healing Meals: Simple Recipes for New Moms, contains recipes based on the postnatal nutritional guidelines in her first book. Recipes from this book are part of both her corporate workshop and health professional training courses. Valerie offers lunch and learn talk for corporate and government – The Mommy Plan Workshop – Optimizing Maternity Leave – A Roadmap to Post-Pregnancy Recovery.
She created a 6-week daily recovery program for new mothers starting from the first week after pregnancy. The Mommy Plan Program, represents an all-natural line of new mommy centered recovery products in her New Mommy Wellness Kit and a uniquely designed Mommy Wrap.
The Traditional Postpartum Practices (TPP) course introduces the modernization of traditional postnatal recovery practices which addresses a new mother’s post-baby dietary needs, body therapies and treatments that aids the body to recover in a stronger, faster and more balanced manner as well as lifestyle adjustments that will positively impact the progress of recuperation.
Valerie launched Maternity Healthcare Solutions in 2017. As a Maternity Consultant and home healthcare educator working with insurance companies to bring maternity education and services to expecting families covered by insurance.
Valerie has held positions such as Executive Director of the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Principal of VLM Consultancy where she was provided strategic consultancy services for foreign companies entering the Malaysian and APEC markets. She has a Masters’ degree in Economic Development of Southeast Asia from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), U.K
Valerie serves on several organizations. She is part of the Board of Directors of the distinguished Malaysian NGO YASNITA, “Women’s Pathway to Success” where she serves as an International Advisor on Postpartum Recovery Practices. She is International Country (PSI) Volunteer Co-coordinator for Malaysia of Postpartum Support International, a global organization in 138 countries. She is a Board Member of the International Maternity Institute and the After-Birth Project in the U.S. Valerie regularly contributes to articles, books, training programs.
She aspires to improve the maternity services through the feminine-focus and healing-care of new mothers in the United States and globally which, she believes, will reduce the high rates of PMAD (Postpartum Mental & Anxiety Disorders). She is an approved speaker for Johnson & Johnson. Valerie resided abroad for over 20 years with 16 years in Asia. She has lived in Japan, UK, Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia. Currently Valerie resides in Brooklyn, New York and regularly travels to Malaysia, Australia and Southeast Asia
- The Mommy Plan
- Post-Pregnancy Wellness
- The Mommy Plan Recipe Book: Healing Meals Simple Recipes for New Moms
- Traditional Postpartum Practitioner Training
- The Mommy Wrap (postpartum core and abdominal support garment)
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