Overload, overwhelm, over it.
All feelings that you are probably familiar as we emerge from the most recent COVID lockdown in the UK. No matter what your personal circumstances, we are living through a time of collective trauma. Toxic, traumatic stress wreaks real havoc on our nervous system, which is why it can feel like it wouldn't take much to tip us completely over the edge (if we haven't already experienced some time in free-fall).
Some of our important relationships have changed and may never recover. We may have lost people we love. We may have had COVID, or are now experiencing Long COVID. We may have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses and not been able to access healthcare. We may have had a child in isolation and missed out on the support of community that makes those early days, weeks, months ok. We may have lost our job, or had to find a whole new way of using our skills to earn money. Back to living with parents, stuck in a house-share with people we don't love, having a bright light shone on the darkest parts of our selves, and those around us.
Toxic, traumatic stress.
And, as we start to try and put the world back together again, we face another set of challenges. The world is changed. There is no 'back to the way things were'. Some of this may be extremely positive in the longer term. But how do we cope in the here and now? How do we begin to process this all without it feeling heavy?
How do we embrace the future without getting lost in our grief for the past?
We need to find a way of adjusting, To adjust means to change, and this is where Five Element acupuncture can be invaluable. In 'The Tao of Trauma' Alaine D. Duncan talks about 'the zone of resiliency', a state of being where the tension between both states of our nervous system, the sympathetic and parasympathetic (ie 'awake and alert' and 'rest and digest') are balanced. She suggests in her book that when these are in balance we have a greater capacity to manage life's challenges (assuming we had a secure and loving childhood. That's a whole other post). She calls this the 'zone of resiliency'.
What has happened to ALL OF US over the last year or more, is that we have all ended up spending far too much time in the red zone of toxic stress. What that means is that it is more than likely our nervous system has gone out whack, whether we are aware of it or not. We have had to mobilise all of our adaptability and primal drive to survive as a species, and as individuals, to try and find a way through this. One of the ways we cope with trauma is just to focus on surviving it. We don't think about it at the time, we are too busy dealing with it.
What seems to be important now is that we each of us find ways to come to terms with what was, what has been, and what will be. That we find our way back to our own zone of resiliency. There is a lot of research that shows how acupuncture can help regulate the nervous system. You can find some of those references here.
What we know helps is this: Sleeping well. Exercising appropriately. Eating a healthy, balanced diet. Hugging. Spending time in nature. Having a pet. But also....
If you find your sleep is not what it was, or should be, or could be, or you are anxious, worried about re-engaging in 'normal' social activities, you have had a worsening of skin conditions, or IBS or even your libido has disappeared, then perhaps you could consider working with an acupuncturist to help your body, mind and spirit catch up and feel supported, so that you can navigate this new world with more ease.
And as a 'sweetener' (I'm sorry, honestly, the older I get the more 'dad' my jokes get) here's a link to the best song about overload ever, by the original line up of the Sugababes. It's a stone cold classic. Did I mention a good old sing your heart out can also help?!
I had my final embryo transfer on April Fools Day 2015. It was the last frozen embryo in storage - and my last chance at motherhood. I felt too crushed by 8 years of trying to conceive to even consider trying again when this failed (I was convinced it would) and there was a kind of peace in that decision. It had taken too much, and defined almost a decade. A positive result on my birthday 9 days later was cautiously welcomed, but when I bled a week later I felt truly bereft. What kind of awful, cosmic April Fool was being played out?!
The bleed so early meant I couldn't know for sure if I had miscarried so I had to wait for two weeks for a scan. Then another week as that scan wasn't entirely conclusive. Then another scan a looooong 3 weeks later. Every cramp, every toilet visit, was a breath held. By this time, even though the the news was good I really didn't believe it. In fact I carried a level of that anxiety well into the pregnancy.
At the 20 week scan we have this picture, our baby giving us the universal 'it's ok' and with this 'sign' I exhaled a little. This was the point at which I started to believe this pregnancy might not be an April Fool after all but a reality. But you know, until we hit 28 weeks I still carried the fear of something happening; I counted off the weeks until a healthy, viable delivery - even if early - was possible.
I wanted to share this story because over the last decade I have worked with hundreds of women and couples who are trying to conceive and for some women the anxiety at the point of a positive test really starts to ramp up to what can feel like an unmanageable or overwhelming level. They may have previously suffered miscarriage or baby loss. They may have had close friends who went through these losses and so they are on their radar, adding to their prone-to-anxiety thoughts. They are basically waiting for the shoe to drop, for their worst fear to become reality. They are waiting for the prankster to jump out of the bushes and shout 'April Fool'.
According to Tommys, 1 in 10 women suffer anxiety and panic attacks in pregnancy.
Managing fear and anxiety around pregnancy takes a lot of energy.
So how do you do it?
Acupuncture can be a great way to help (of course I would say that but honestly it's true). CBT, meditation or mindfulness practices daily, prayer, exercise, walking, eating well, these are all things that can help.
Talking to someone you trust. Therapy even, especially after baby loss.
Minimise other stresses or areas of stress in your life if you are able to, because if that bucket is being filled up with a lot of other stuff too then you are really going to struggle to maintain your equilibrium.
Step away from the internet and stop googling every bad thought. You inevitably end down a rabbit hole of awful outcomes because people who go through terrible things are compelled to share that experience as a way of processing it.
Book an early viability scan (no earlier than 7 weeks) if you can afford to and if it will help.
Above all, don't give yourself a hard time about the fact you are anxious and not enjoying a longed for pregnancy. You are not alone in this feeling; there are so many women walking around with babies who held their breath for 9 months.
Finally, trust your intuition. If you really feel that something is wrong, go to the Early Pregnancy Unit or speak to your midwife. Our intuition puts us in touch with the unconscious part of ourself that we should never ignore. Trust your instincts.
“Women observe subconsciously a thousand little details, without knowing that they are doing so. Their subconscious mind adds these little things together – and they call the result intuition.”- Agatha Christie
I have just finished an Instagram series of posts on the theme of #twelveangrywomen, inspired by the outpouring of anger women all over the UK were expressing following the tragic murder of Sarah Everard. Her death tore the plaster off the wound all women wear, which is the threat of violence women live with every day. This happened in the same week that Meghan and Harry Windsor's interview with Oprah Winfrey aired and the anger directed at this couple, but in particular, at this woman was frankly staggering.
Sadly, society teaches women in a myriad of ways that anger is an ugly emotion for them to express. Judged, ridiculed, dismissed as hormonal or mentally ill, this has been historically reinforced through organised religion, the media, portrayals in fiction on the page and on the screen, and normalised by women themselves. When we buy magazines that peddle scandal and shame, or we watch reality tv shows that applaud the taking down of strong women we collude in our own oppression.
So my dander was well and truly up.
It is time to understand anger as a useful emotion if we can master it.
It is time to celebrate assertiveness as a life skill that is as important to our health and happiness as the ability to express love.
It is time to applaud women when they are forceful, or passionate, or righteously indignant about their rights and their lives instead of colluding in their judgement (Camilla Long's vitriolic review of the Meghan & Harry's interview in the Sunday Times was as masterclass in mean girl behaviour and a prime example of how culpable we women are in upholding the status quo).
The image at the top this blog is a Chinese pictogram of nu, or anger. On the left we have a representation of the figure of a woman. On the right we have a representation of the figure of a man, or of authority leading her. These together denote the word 'slave' (which can of course be male or female). The addition of the symbol underneath turns this word from slave to anger, but tells us much about the quality of this anger.
This is the anger we experience when we feel that something or someone is impeding our ability to live our life, or to progress in life in the way we feel we should be able to. What rises up in us is a dynamic emotion, that rush of blood to the head, which desires us to be assertive in order to remain in alignment with our goals or feelings.
In Chinese Medicine anger is associated with the Wood Element and if someone's Causative Factor (ie the Element in them that goes 'off kilter') is Wood, what we are likely to see is inappropriate levels of anger and frustration. But in health and balance - and we all have all the Elements within us - this Element gives us the ability to stand up for ourselves with the right amount of aggression, or assertiveness.
Through the series of posts I talk about why anger needs to be physically expressed in order for it not to become pathological and cause us illness or dis-ease, I look at repressed anger, passive-aggressiveness, the righteous anger that creates change (civil rights movements, Marcus Rashford's school meals activism, Gina Miller holding the government to account over Brexit etc), so do go back and take a look at them if this blog creates an itch you'd like to scratch.
And if you have an issue with anger - too much or not enough healthy aggression - then a course of Five Element acupuncture would be a useful starting point to help you master this important, useful emotion for life.
Talking 'bout a revolution.....
One of the better-known treatment protocols in Chinese Medicine is the use of moxibustion to help turn breech babies. It's something I have been doing in clinical practice for almost a decade now but over the years I have undertaken more specialist postgrad training, both in acupuncture and with Spinning Babies, which has greatly informed how I work with women and their babies at this time.
And, excitingly (for me, at least) here's what I can tell you.
Since June 2020 I have been keeping track of how successful my treatments have been in helping encourage babies to get into the optimal position for birth (cephalic, or head down) because it was important to me to track where it was working or where it may not have been.
9 out of 10 babies turned.
I believe in Chinese Medicine but, honestly, even I was surprised by that! But what we are taught is this: if the baby can turn, it will turn.
Here I suggest you try and start moxibustion as close to 34 weeks as possible but I have worked with several women who didn't know their babies were breech until 36 weeks, and they turned too.
Of course sometimes babies turn, and then turn back. That's where they want to be, they know why and we need to trust that too.
Why are babies breech?
There are many reasons a baby might present as breech past 34 weeks (many turn spontaneously before then) and 3-4% of babies present this way. I don't know if this has increased statistically during lockdown - I have seen more than usual but that is definitely not a representative sample.
Certainly the recent months have certainly led to a decrease in activity for many women in the UK - they may not be commuting, socialising as they would, can't access exercise as easily and the curtailment of these things can really affect the pelvic alignment and flexibility as well as the abdominal and rib spaces.
I always recommend the Spinning Babies daily stretches to clients, now more than ever, because this definitely makes a difference. And of course if the baby is breech they have special techniques to try.
A friend also told me that when the mother is sad the baby moves its head towards the heart to comfort her. I don't have any idea if this is true, but it feels true. Certainly I have treated women who needed a much broader treatment approach than just a 'straightforward' breech treatment and releasing emotional stagnation seemed to play a major part in helping the body open properly and find its optimal alignment.
It's not just about moxibustion.
I also work with an incredible network of osteopaths and chiropractors with extensive experience and training in this work (if you are looking for a chiropractor make sure they know the Webster Technique). I regularly refer my clients to them because it is all very well for me to direct the baby to move, but we need to make sure they have enough room to! This is especially important if you are around 35/36 weeks.
Our bodies hold all kinds of tension and effects of impacts, accidents and surgeries and pregnancy can often bring this to the fore or exacerbate underlying imbalance in the musculoskeletal system. It's not just about getting the baby to move head down, it's sometimes also about making sure the baby can engage with the cervix in the optimal way for labour. That's a whole other post as it is a big topic, but important to mention here too.
When might we not offer moxibustion as a Chinese medicine practitioner? These don't all preclude you from trying moxibustion (and this is not the full list) but we may refer to your obstetrician or midwife to have them sign off first.
Any recent surgery, including a c-section, low-lying placenta or placenta prevue (we can treat that too if you come and see us earlier in pregnancy, that's a separate post!), any uterine or pelvic abnormalities, issues around amniotic fluid levels, history of bleeding in pregnancy, threatened premature labour, any hint of foetal distress, twins and triplets, maternal hypertension or any signs of pre-eclampsia, diabetes, and Rh negativity.
The Kidneys have a very special role in Chinese Medicine, far beyond the physical function we understand from a Western medicine perspective. Imagine your two kidneys as a personal jetpack on your back; our stamina, our endurance, our ability to keep going when we are tired or need to find the juice for that extra mile comes from these bad boys.
Our kidneys are said to house Jing, one of the three treasures of Chinese Medicine. This essence is our energetic stock cube, the concentrated good stuff, THE JETPACK.
This is what our body draws on when we are highly stressed, in danger, running on empty - the kind most of us are using at the moment!
There are some simple things we can do to look after our Kidneys, especially at this time of the year. Why in Winter? The Kidneys and Bladder are the manifestation of the Water Element, associated with Winter, the time of the year when nature is taking a rest in order to replenish herself for the year ahead. It's a good idea to take her lead!
Sleep Well or Take a Break at 5pm.
One of the best ways we have to counteract the effects of using our jetpack is to sleep well. It allows our nervous system to rest properly, balances our hormones, supports the health of our immune system, and so much more.
But if - like me - you are finding this kind of sleep harder to come by at the moment then my 'go to tip' is to meditate or do a Yoga Nidra practise.
This is 'Kidney' time according to the Chinese Clock, so if you are low on jetpack reserves this is the time when you are most likely to feel it. This is said to be equivalent to 2 hours of deep sleep. So, you can give the jetpack a rest and show your Kidneys a little love with this low-key but powerful yoga practice.
Stay Warm In the Winter.
The Kidney meridian begins on the sole of the foot, it's the only meridian to have contact with the earth in this way, but it does mean it's basically a direct line to conduct cold directly to the Kidneys.
So if you have wooden floors or tiles, get yourself some socks that you love a decent pair of baffies (that's slippers if you're English) and keep Kidney 1 covered.
The lower back should also stay warm, and if you are prone to feeling the cold you could do worse than invest in a haramaki, which is basically a Japanese boob tube for the waist. You will thank me for it.
This message is EVEN MORE important if you are trying to conceive. You remember I mentioned Jing the essence, the treasure that we inherit? Well, strong Jing helps with conception. Freezing your jings off ain't gonna help.
Also if your feet are always cold see an acupuncturist - that's not a normal thing, even if its normal for you. And do all of the above.
Listen To Your Ears!
In Chinese Medicine the ears are the sense organ associated with the Kidney Official, the link between tinnitus and deficient Kidney Qi well established in this modality.
When the Kidneys are healthy then our hearing is sharp. Kidneys, Jing essence, depletes with age (or as the Kidney essence depletes), so it makes sense to us practitioners that getting harder of hearing as you get older happens.
And whaddya know Western medicine is finally at the party, whoop!!
Recent research has shown that tinnitus is 3-fold more likely to develop in patients with versus without chronic kidney disease.
Essentially the tissue in the kidney is the same as the tissue in the inner ear, so this all adds up. But you know what is mind blowing? The Chinese knew this thousands of years ago. A system of medicine developed then is still more than fit for purpose. Hell yeah!
Drink More Water.
The message is simple. Drink enough water. Quite simply, everything that happens in our body requires being properly hydrated for that to happen. Water powers us. Without it, nothing else happens. We all know this.
But when it's cold the last thing we feel like doing is gubbing a large glass of water. So have a pint glass by the bed and take that on board first thing. Your bowels will show their appreciation.
Then fill a carafe of water as you stick the kettle on for your morning brew. By the time you are showered or have worked out or whatever it is you do first thing, it will get to room temperature and you can fill and refill your glass from that. It's much easier to drink, I promise!
If you are working from home have it next to you, as it is a rule of life that it is even harder to remember to drink enough water when it's not an excuse to have a gossip by the communal waterfilter or in the kitchen.
That is all. If your pee is yellow, drink water. If your pee smells, drink water. If you are tired, drink water. If you are thirsty, drink even more water. If you're a bit bored, drink water. If your skin is dry, drink water.
Look after your Jetpack!
In numerology 2021 is said to be a year of the universal 5, resonating with the energies of freedom and change. According to numerologist Felicia Bender "Overall, the 5 Universal Year is a time demanding change on a radical level."
You can read more about what this means on her page here but what this means for most of us on personal level is that the blanket is being shaken. Our comfort zone hasn't been comfortable for a while now, the global pandemic one major factor affecting all our lives. Instability, unpredictability, disruption are a given, but all create opportunities for evolution, expansion and transformation.
One of my favourite astrologers Alchemise offers that 'the power of 5 will be a vibrational reminder of the power of creativity and your own creative life force.'
Five Element acupuncture is at its very essence a transformative medicine. It can transform dis-ease and imbalance into health and harmony. Not only that but one of the fundamentals of this system of medicine is the Creative Cycle, or the five phases that tell of the never-ceasing transformation of yin to yang and yang to yin. The cycle of the seasons ever-creative but also ever-destructive; both healthy, both necessary.
This Creative Cycle - and its counterpart, the Destructive Cycle - are also at work, or at play, within all of us. We are microcosms of the macrocosm after all, so it would be arrogant to assume we are above the laws of nature! But, being human, we resist both of these things at times. Man has become accustomed to feeling he has mastery over nature. Change and transformation can be uncomfortable, demanding. Destruction or letting go of that which no longer serves us can make us feel fearful of what we are losing rather than curious about what we are making room for.
So could Five Element acupuncture be the ultimate medicine for this time? At its very heart is the teaching that we are offering a way to allow people to return to their true, authentic self and inviting them to live in a way that is a true, healthy expression of that self. Living in this way gives us incredible strength as well as a trust in the process of life that helps us embrace the full, messy, human experience.
It helps us live with courage, creativity, love, security, humility, strength, a deep knowing that whatever life brings we can be ok. It allow us to be fully inside our own 'creative life force'.
So yes. The perfect medicine for our time. The time is now.
One of the teachings that Five Element acupuncture gives us is that we have everything we need within us. We are connected to the Mother Earth and the Heavenly Father, living and breathing in between both, a unique manifestation of Qi.
It is so easy in life to lose this perspective, which is why being out in nature is so important for our mental, physical and emotional health. To be in nature, under the sky above, is to essentially spend time with our parents. It reminds us we are part of something greater that ourselves; that we always have the earth beneath our feet and the sky above our heads; and that whatever else happens that is unchanging.
Of course we also have real world parents, who may not be so silent and accepting, whose love may not be unchanging or unconditional, who may not be so reliable. Sometimes we look to our partners to provide this for us, or our friends.
But here's the wonderful thing that we learn. When we become adults, in full maturity, we realise we are responsible for ourselves and our own mental and emotional health. We can become our own parents.
Today, in the grip of a pandemic in the UK, another long lockdown in the middle of Winter, I invite you to be your own Mother if you need reminding that you are loved, supported, held, wonderful, trying your best, finding your way.
Whether you are struggling with providing for yourself, your family, homeschooling, trying to conceive, trying to find work, trying to cope in a living situation that is challenging, you can turn to yourself for some comfort in a conscious way.
Here are some ideas for engaging with your inner Mother:
Write yourself a letter, telling yourself all the things a mother would tell her child when she sees it struggling or needing encouragement and love. Be the mother you need, not necessarily the mother you have!
Recognise how hard you are trying, how hard it is, how well you are doing, what you are trying to overcome, that there is no perfect way to handle life, that mistakes are OK. Talk to yourself with compassion, with love, with encouragement and reassurance.
Give yourself an actual hug. You know the ones you used to do at school, when you made your mates laugh because you were pretending you were necking? Same as that.
Spend some time lovingly massaging your lower abdomen, your womb, where you are connected to the generations before you and the potential for life (not just children), using a sweet essential oil - Coriander Seed, Geranium, Rose (if you can afford a good quality one), Jasmine, Bergamot, Neroli, Ylang Ylang are some of my favourites. You can use one, or blend two or three together.
Buy yourself a little something. A book, a bunch of flowers, a cream cake - something just for you, that you don't need but that you'd like, just for you.
Being kind and loving to ourselves doesn't always come easy, especially if we have lots of other people to look after. So here's your reminder. You are important enough to be taken care of. And you can take care of yourself.
Talk about tough, right? We are ALL feeling a bit less resilient than usual this Winter. Indeed some of us are truly struggling, with issues around our mental and emotional health, the realities of our lives under lockdown and the impact of the astonishing twists and turns of global political and environmental factors.
So my main message as we kick off this New Year is to Go Easy. Winter is a time for deep rest, when the edict of nature is to rest and restore.
We have a cultural expectation in the West that we should start the year strong, with resolutions to change our lives, our lifestyles, our health, whatever it is we feel like we need to 'fix', but in reality - if we are working in harmony with nature and the energy of the seasons - this is a time to be still, go deep and spend some time considering where and on what we want to spend our energy over the coming year.
Taking some time for reflection now means we can focus our intention and prioritise what will make us feel more fulfilled or happier in the coming months with clarity. A pause in the year to catch your breath and assess where you are and where you want to go allows you to be proactive rather than reactive in terms of how the year ahead might look. Energy flows where intention goes after all!
Equally important is taking the time to live more quietly and replenish our energy (go to bed earlier, eat warm foods, nourish, nourish, nourish) in order to ensure that when Spring comes and the sap rises we are able to meet the powerful energy of the new season with a renewed sense of purpose and the power to bring our plans to fruition.
Within each season is the harvest of the next. When we recognise the seasonal cycle and the gifts each brings then we can live in a more powerful way.
So for now? Go easy.
One the areas of my practice that is incredibly busy - and incredibly rewarding - is working with my clients once they are actually pregnant and offering them support through to the fourth trimester. When it comes to supporting conception my practise has a purely Five Element approach, in the Worsley tradition as taught to me by Gerad Kite. But the more women who I worked with who became pregnant the more apparent it became to me that I needed a little more in my arsenal. I hadn't had a baby myself by this point so was woefully ignorant about the nitty gritty of the changes our bodies go through, the ways our body tries to accommodate the new life growing inside us - and the discomfort, anxiety and full on medical conditions that can come with this change in our state.
So I undertook postgrad pregnancy training with Jani White and Debra Betts, joined the Acupuncture Childbirth Team for London (ACT London) where I met the most incredible group of passionate, experienced practitioners and focussed on really understanding how acupuncture could help women experience the most comfortable, healthy and happy pregnancy possible for them.
At around this time I also met the powerhouse that is Hollie de Cruz (aka theyesmum) and joined her team at London Hypnobirthing. My knowledge and passion grew, and then, hallelujah, after my own 8 year struggle to conceive I finally became pregnant through IVF with my son Frank.
Well, given carte blanche to now submit to the magic hands of the London Hypnobirthing Team - yes that means you Nancy Nunn, MaryAnne Shiozawa and Hannah Adams - I experienced first hand the ways in which alternative therapies can ease physical discomfort and musculoskeletal issues, help prepare the body for birth by supporting alignment and balance, and help create a sense of calm and relaxation.
My colleague Tracey Goulding at The Little Escape was my acupuncturist for weekly sessions ahead of the birth so I could also experience for myself the benefits of committing to the idea of pre-birth acupuncture to help ripen the cervix for a spontaneous labour.
I woke myself up snoring more than once, learnt first hand what a miracle the body is capable of, and committed to sharing what I have learned with the women I work with.
In the years following Frank's birth I have continued with training; attending a Spinning Babies workshop, taking part in regular CPD sessions, continuing to create a network of amazing practitioners I work with and over the coming weeks will be going deep into this topic, about which I am so passionate. Come with me by following #QiForTwo on instagram, tell your pregnant friends about this series if they are interested in how to enjoy a comfortable 9 months, and feel free to send questions, topics or conditions you want to know more about. If acupuncture hasn't been shown to help, or I haven't experienced it helping clinically, I will be honest about that and point you to those who can help.
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Picture this - you’ve recently given birth to your gorgeous baby. Your mother, sisters, aunts and friends have come together to look after you, treating you to massages, cooking you delicious nourishing food and take care of everything so all you need to do is rest and fall in love with your baby.
All across the world cultures practice the tradition of ‘lying in’ where a new mother is looked after for between ten to forty days after the birth. She is relieved of household responsibilities, fed nourishing foods, massaged and expected to do nothing but rest and get to know her baby. It’s a far cry from this bouncing back and getting on with it that has become normalised in our culture.
In Japan there is the custom that a woman stays with her family for the month after giving birth and may also stay in bed for 21 days so she can focus on bonding with her baby.
In Mexico it is tradition for a woman’s female relatives to look after her for the first forty days helping with cleaning, cooking, and looking after older children for example so that the only thing a new mother needs to focus on is looking after her baby.
China and Malaysian have the tradition of lying in where mother and baby stay at home for the first forty days.
These are just a few of the cultural traditions around the postnatal period from a round the world but at the centre of all of them is the idea of putting the mother first and her only job being to rest and look after her baby.
I know it might feel unrealistic and indulgent to say that you're going to stay home and not pick up the hoover for several weeks. There's too much to do, life goes on. There are messages to respond to, meals to cook, laundry to do, bills to pay and perhaps even older children that need you.
Your body undergoes an incredible transformation over the nine months that you grow and sustain your baby. Once you’ve done the amazing work of birthing your baby, your body will change once again and deserves rest and nourishment so it can recover.
We also live in an increasingly isolated society, but new mothers do not thrive in isolation. You need a village. That village might be made up of your partner, your family and friends. It might mean investing in a postnatal doula so that you have the support you need so that you have the start to motherhood that you deserve.
It is crucial that a new mother focus on looking after herself during this time. I’ve come up with the term ‘mothermoon’ to draw attention to this.
Research has found that in cultures that have ritual and customs that support new mothers are:
In order to be able to think about what your mothermoon might look like, it’s helpful to have an understanding of what life after birth might be like. This is why I’ve developed The Mothermoon Workshop.
The workshop explores what to expect physically and emotionally in the days and weeks after giving birth, your baby’s experience of transitioning from the womb to the world and what you need nutritionally to help you make sure you’re filling your body with nourishment to help support your recovery. It also covers how to write your postnatal plan.
No two women or babies experience the postnatal period in the same way. However, by having an idea of what to expect, you can begin to think about what support you might need. Some things can be planned for while others are unknown until after your baby arrives. Having a plan will help you feel more prepared and give you the best chance of having the start to motherhood that you deserve.
My next south east London Workshop is taking place on Sunday 22 April at Space@61 and it’s the last one until the autumn.
For more info and to book your spot: https://billetto.co.uk/e/mothermoon-workshop-tickets-271684
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