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Traditional Postpartum Practitioner Workshop
1 – day training

Incorporating traditional wisdom into your life.

Who can benefit?

  • Holistic professionals who want to meet the maternity needs of modern moms.
  • Expecting mamas who want to learn what condition their body will be in after child birth and how to correctly manage their recovery 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 their six week post-delivery check-up. There is a huge ’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

Course

This intensive 1-day workshop presents traditional after-birth practices and guidelines like never before – using nutritional science, anatomy and medical science. 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.

Post-Pregnancy Wellness

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.

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 rate of postpartum depression is 25% in the U.S. which means that with an average of 4 million births per year roughly, 1 million NEW cases are diagnosed annually. 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 must take advantage of as the 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 1-2 hours after the placenta is birthed. Women in other cultures of the world seem to understand this, and they begin managing their recovery from day 5 after delivery. American women begin on about day 42, following their six-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

training-01Ms. 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, where she spent four years gathering information, as nothing was written down or in English. In that country, the government has incorporated postnatal body therapy and treatments into its national policy on maternal health care. Each mother is afforded the opportunity of six two-hour treatments 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.

Malaysia, Southeast Asia

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Topics Covered in the 1-day workshop

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I. Theory

  • A modern interpretation of Traditional After Birth Care
  • How traditional practices aid the body to heal after pregnancy and childbirth
  • Pregnancy = HOT STATE / Post-Pregnancy = COLD STATE
  • How to help the body to re-balance hormones
  • The condition of a mother’s body after child-birth
  • The Healing Window of Opportunity: What Occurs within 6-8 weeks after Child-birth
  • Self-Care: What a mother can do in those first six to eight weeks that can safely accelerate her recovery
  • Post-pregnancy preparedness and precautions: The first six to eight weeks:
    • Diet DO’s
    • Diet DON’Ts
    • Personal Care
    • Activities
  • How food is used as medicine and how to adjust your meals
  • The important role dads, partners and support people can play
BONUS: Healing Meals: Simple Recipes for New Moms

A sneak peek at some of the recipes from my up and coming book, based on the dietary guideline in The Mommy Plan.

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II. Experience Traditional Products and Observe Body Therapies

  • Traditional Postnatal Body Therapy & Treatment
  • Abdominal heat therapy
  • Yoni sauna
  • Spice Rub
  • Herbal Firming Paste for the Tummy
  • Medical benefits of wearing an abdominal wrap and important precautions

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Who should take this course?

  • Doulas
  • Midwives
  • Nurses
  • Lactation consultants
  • Expecting Mamas
  • Birth professionals who serve expectant mamas in any capacity

The Mommy Plan

Restoring Your Post-Pregnancy Body, Naturally Using Women’s Traditional Wisdom

the-mommy-planForeword by Ibu Robin Lim, CNN Hero of the Year, 2011-2012

“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

WENDY DAVID, 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.

The Mommy Plan is a completely manageable sized book, and yet it seems to cover just what we need to know of both the traditional methods and modern examples of a truly healthy and holistic care plan for pregnant, postpartum, and post pregnancy-loss women. With this holistic and traditional approach, the book covers both emotional and physical wellbeing. It has become all too rare to find resources for childbearing families that cover both emotional and physical health. After reading The Mommy Plan, I realized that is the very message and gift of this book: there should be no separation of emotional and physical wellness, and new parents suffer from a modern world in which we have forgotten how to take care of the whole person, the whole mama. Thank you, Valerie, for illustrating this in such an inviting and informed way in The Mommy Plan.”

Flow of course

The course will be based on information contained in The Mommy Plan plus the Malay 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.

For further information and pricing, please contact:
Valerie Lynn, valerie@postpregnancywellness.com

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Why is POST-PREGNANCY RECOVERY CARE Important?

FACT: A new mother is nutritionally depleted after almost 10-months of pregnancy and then childbirth. Pregnancy and birth IS a magical time for new mothers. However, in her joy of welcoming a new member to the family, mothers tend to forget that they are integral to the entire process from conception to birth and they tend to neglect their own need to rest and recover after childbirth. Modern maternity care is focused ONLY on prenatal, not post-baby care resulting in POSTNATAL DEPLETION. This type of depletion is directly linked to POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION and effects - energy levels, supply of breast-milk, ability to care for your newborn, patience, thought-pattern, decision-making and general ability to function on a daily basis. Provide your body the nutrients and the natural food in the form of diet, herbs and care it needs. Don’t wait! The only comparison I can think of is like taking care of a car or plants before they break down or whither. If you breakdown there will be much more at stake.

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