I want to spend a moment to share a brief overview of what ayurvedic postpartum care looks like. Ideally, those of you reading this will be able to receive the care (or share the care) in some manner. Many chose to hire a professional (an Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula) to come to your home through the first 6 weeks, and others may share this guidance with those that surround you after birth such as your partner, your family or friends that have offered their time.
First, what is ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the science of life and explains the unique nature of each individual. It is a system for managing your lifestyle based on your distinctive dosha type and environment. Doshas are the forces within us governing biological, psychological and physiological functions. When considering pregnancy and postpartum, philosophy and guidance is given to influence the health and recovery of mother and baby after birth. With this support complete bonding of the two can take place.
Ayurveda says that by receiving care in the first six weeks after birth, patterns are set up for mother and baby that last a lifetime. It can even benefit unborn generations. Stresses of any kind on new mama or baby can create congestion in the body, causing emotional and physical long-term impact. According to Ayurveda, the way that the first 42 days after delivery are spent impact the next 42 years of life.
There are many obstacles (physically, mentally, emotionally) that a new mother faces following birth. Ayurveda shows up with physical supports which the mental state of the new mama tends to respond quite quickly to. This support includes dietary, lifestyle, herbal foods and teas, and sometimes (when working with a professional) personalized herbal formulations.