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Optimizing Maternity Leave: A Roadmap to Post-Pregnancy Recovery

The #1 complication that arises from pregnancy is recovery. Maternity leave alone does not guarantee that an employee will return to work performing at the same level as prior to maternity leave as there haven’t been any guidelines in the United States that help a women mange her post-baby recovery; that is until now. Provide your employees with the vital information they need 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.

There is no better time for a woman to recover from pregnancy than when she is on maternity leave as she will experience the optimum “Healing Window of Opportunity” within the first eight-weeks after childbirth as her body transitions back to a non-pregnant state. The sooner maternity recovery is managed, the quicker and more sound the recovery.   

Expectation of an Employee returning from Maternity Leave

  • Rather than having new mothers return to the office with their minds on baby, employees return as productive and functioning at the same level as when they left.

An 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 not experience postpartum emotions that may have an adverse effect on job performance.

Im On Maternity Leave written on chalkboard

Why is Maternity Leave alone NOT sufficient?

  • Due to cultural norms, women in the United States typically delay their maternity recovery management until after their 6-week medical exam, or Phase I.
  • The critical Phase 1 – from 0 to 6 weeks’ post-birth – is the “Healing Window of Opportunity” and 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 a number of countries around the world, but not the United States and most other western countries.

The Mommy Plan Workshop imparts globally-proven Maternity recovery practices that:

  • Enhance existing maternity leave programs by providing employees with the vital knowledge they need to manage post-baby diets, personal care and activities, and ensure a strong, healthy and balanced recovery.
  • Maximize maternity leave, as mothers are able to minimize their recovery time and improve the quality of time spent with their newborns before returning to work.
  • Speed up and strengthen the healing process, which positively impacts the body’s ability to re-balance hormonal levels.
  • Increase the likelihood that your employee will return to work, and be more productive, after their maternity leave has ended.

The sooner maternity recovery is managed, the quicker and more sound the recovery.

Eastern maternity-recovery healthcare practices are in a global lead

valerie-grid-imageEastern maternity recovery healthcare practices in the Far East are in a global lead position. Not only does Asia have the raw materials, it also has a deep heritage and expansive postnatal knowledge as part of the culture. In Malaysia, for example, after birth recovery services and treatments are part of its maternal healthcare policy. Non-Asian countries no longer underestimate the effectiveness of traditional maternity traditions and the benefits are presently being more clearly understood through extensive research via prestigious institutes such as the World Health Organization (WTO). Women in the U.S., and other countries, are increasingly searching for more natural childbirth recovery methods as the ability to heal faster after pregnancy is desired, and needed, in a fast-paced economy like the United States.

Here in the United States, a major topic of board room discussion is the investment made by corporations in the form of paid, extended maternity and paternity leave for their employees. However, new mothers do not realize that they are impeding their own recovery, so the current line of thinking is simply not enough. The U.S. does not have the body of postnatal knowledge to draw upon to guide women as they recover from childbirth. Now, U.S. companies are looking beyond their borders to the East to fill this void with a “new” body of centuries-old knowledge.

The Mommy Plan book

TMP Cover_Front_HresThrough The Mommy Plan book and e-book, The Mommy Plan Recipe Book: Healing Meals: Simple Recipes for New Moms, the most effective, world-tested, traditional methods from Malaysia accelerate post-pregnancy recovery by tapping into the natural healing capabilities of the body. Malaysia, with its diverse population of Malay, Indian and Chinese cultures, has a rich postnatal heritage, proof of which is that the country has the lowest rate of postpartum depression in the world at 3.9%. Attendees will learn unique dietary, personal care and activity guidelines that aid the body and speed up the healing process. The seminar promises to be enlightening and eye-opening.  The Mommy Plan has been endorsed by many childbirth educational organizations and is listed as a choice of required reading for the Postpartum Doula certification by the Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association (CAPPA) which is the largest of such organizations in the world.

Ibu Robin Lim


“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.”
Forward by Ibu Robin Lim, CNN HERO OF THE YEAR


valerie-lynn-headshotValerie Lynn is one of the leading New Motherhood Experts in the United States. She lived abroad for 18 years residing and working in Japan, the U.K., Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia. Valerie researched, wrote and published her first book, The Mommy Plan, in Malaysia by way of the Malaysian Ministry of Health, Traditional Complementary Medicine department. Valerie conducted interviews in hospitals and in the field. Known as The Mommy Planner, Valerie continues to be a major force in introducing and modernizing traditional after birth recovery practices and techniques from Southeast Asia from countries such as Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia 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, Valerie turned to traditional feminine healthcare to re-balance her post-baby hormones and heal herself naturally through herbs, feminine-focused massage and an enriching diet. 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. (See About Me for a full bio).

Book Reviews

birth-psychologyThe Mommy Plan is an important, information-filled book, focused on helping Western women and their families adapt traditional postpartum practices into their own postpartum care. It is also an easily-digestible read.  Lynn’s book provides the reader with a plan to help prepare a new mother and her family for optimum postpartum 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.
Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health

midwifery-today“What Valerie Lynn has created within these pages is more than just a plan –  it is a philosophy of care and attention that focuses on the needs of the mother so that her new child will be welcomed into an environment where the mother is calm, rested and supported. Valerie outlines in exquisite detail the way these ideas can be applied to modern day households. No vague generalities in this book – there is almost a prescriptive quality to the suggestions, recommendations and recipes that Lynn provides. During pregnancy is the optimal time for a woman to read this book so that this mother-to-be, her husband and her family can learn how to develop a consciousness of the new mother’s needs before they manifest themselves in unhealthy ways.”
Midwifery Today

postpartum-support“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 – The Mommy Plan covers 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 well-being. 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: in a modern world in which we have forgotten how to take care of the whole person, the whole mama.”
Wendy Davis, Executive Director, Postpartum Support International (PSI), USA

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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.