Congratulations! You are on your way to a rewarding, financially stable career, one that makes a difference in people’s lives. You will be entering into the intimate setting of a new family, you will become a trusted friend to many, and maybe even extended family. Being present and professional is important, and so is loving the act of caring. After much research, I’ve discovered there is no one or right way to give postpartum care. However, there are many common elements from cultures around the world that are similar and beneficial. Those similar elements are presented here in this course. They are known for being postpartum specific treatments to quicken healing, help balance hormones and induce lactation.
There is no time limit to finish this course, so go at your own pace. We do suggest that you aim to finish it within one year to achieve the best retention results.
Similar to a college course, you will have textbooks, required reading, assignments and testing of your skills. It is recommended that you read every book listed from cover to cover. Each section will assign specific pages in different books to be able to complete the lessons. Please see materials section for list of required textbooks.
May all mothers be loved, nurtured and supported, so be it.
*Disclaimer – The information contained in this course is not meant to be a substitute for persons seeking the advice of a qualified healthcare provider. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Always consult your healthcare provider or advise your client to consult their healthcare provider about the use of any product or herbs, especially during pregnancy, when nursing a baby or with children. The information is not in any way offered as prescription, diagnosis, or treatment for any disease, illness, infirmity, or physical condition. Any form of self-treatment or alternative health program necessarily must involve an individual’s acceptance of some risk, and no one should assume otherwise. Persons needing medical care should obtain it from a physician. Consult your doctor and advise your client to consult her doctor before making any health decisions.
Many of these books are available from your library or used on Amazon. If your library does not have them you can ask them to order it for you. There is a special form to request new books.
- The First Forty Days : The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother, Heng Ou
- The Mommy Plan, Valerie Lynn
- Newborn Mothers, Julia Jones
- Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth: The New Mom’s Guide to Navigating the Fourth Trimester, Dr. Jolene Brighten, ND
- Bestfeeding: How to Breastfeed Your Baby, Mary Renfrew, Chloe Fisher, Suzanne Arms
- The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions & Restoring Your Vitality, Kimberly Ann Johnson
- What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions from Pregnancy to Motherhood, Alexandra Sacks, MD & Catherine Birndorf, MD
- Revive, Reclaim, Restore: Traditional Moroccan Wisdom to Heal the New Mother in the First Forty Days, by Layla B - an e-book only
You might need to purchase supplies to make food, and transport all of your materials to a client’s house. Use the supply list on p. 123 - 124 of The First Forty Days as a guide for needed cooking supplies. Other helpful items include:
- Crates for transporting all of your healing tools
- Mason jars to bring teas and broths
- Herbal bags for baths or teas
- Strainer for tea
- Small sushi size bowl to put oil, herbs, food, clay
- Womb Steam bowl and towels
- Binding - inexpensive all cotton muslin can be used
- Jars for oils and herbs
- Plastic baggie or jar for clay
- Glass food containers with lids to transport food such as rfissa or fried rice