An Eco-Friendly Approach 2-Day Workshop

An Eco-Friendly Approach 2-Day Workshop

2-Day Multicultural Postpartum Care Practices

Incorporating traditional feminine healthcare into your organization.

Doulas of North America DONA 8.5 CEUs and Nursing CEUs Valerie Lynn, Eco-Postnatal Care Specialist

The Course

This intensive 2-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 the 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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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.

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.

75%

Percentage of expecting mothers say they are excited to go back to work.

43%

Percentage of new mothers that leave their careers in the first year.

50%

Percentage of new mothers that return and switch to a lower paying  job at a family-friend.

43%

Percentage of new mothers who do not return after.

20%-210%

The cost of an employee’s salary to replace a  women who doesn’t return after maternity leave.

$20 billion

Cost of the U.S. economy – lost productivity extended maternity and related factors.

Statistic sources: "Back to work: The billion-dollar opportunity for companies," Maven Clinic, www.manevclinic.com, Dec.2017.

Why Are There No Postpartum Recovery Guidelines In The US?

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.

Reality

  • 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 a 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 a 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

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.

Topics Covered in the 2-day Workshop Malaysian Example – Global benchmark

I. THEORY

  • A Modern Interpretation of Traditional After Birth Care.
  • How traditional practices aid the body heal after pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Pregnancy = HOT STATE/Post-Pregnancy = Cold State.
  • The Conditions of the women’s body after child-birth.
  • How to help the body to re-balance hormones.
  • The healing window of opportunity: The first 6-8 weeks.
  • The important role dads, partners, and support people can play.
  • Business module: identify your ideal client.

II. POST NATAL NUTRITION

  • ​How food is used as medicine.
  • Postnatal nutrition and, cooking guidelines.
  • Diet do’s and don’ts.
  • Postpartum-sizing meals.

The Mommy Plan: created a  structured recovery plan of nutrition, meals, body care and treatments.

III. Experience of traditional Malaysian postnatal products, body therapies and treatments

  • Traditional body care.
  • Abdominal and womb care.
    • Heat Therapy.
    • Prepare, cut, and assembly of a fresh herbal compress.
  • Bengkung Belly Wrapping & self wrapping garment.
    • Supporting a weakened core.
    • Medical benefits & important precautions.
  • Perineum Health: Yoni Sauna.

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.