The Chinese call it zuo yuezi. The Vietnamese, nam lua in. Nourishing Traditions. Here in New England, it was named for the old colonial custom of adding extra warmth to the bed warmer after someone had given birth and was recovering in the borning room.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the birth journey is a cooling process. Warming, then, is essential in bringing the body back to balance. The use of warming oils, hot stones, steam, teas, soups and baths will assist you in your overall transition, and will help your body repair and regain strength and vitality. Applying gentle heat will increase circulation to an area of soreness or swelling. These services warm and honor; wrapping you in love and comfort, sealing your birth journey.
No matter the culture, the history of warming is the same. And it's been forgotten by most in the United States. Cross-culturally, it is believed to seal up emotional, physical, and spiritual gateways that have been opened by birth. It is a way of protecting the body, the newborn, and, as a result, nourishing you back into yourself after opening wide to deliver your baby.
At Sacred Transitions Midwifery, we perform Nourishing Traditions for each of our midwifery clients at no additional charge. This is just a part of traditional midwifery care, according to what we see in history. Yes. We believe that strongly in your healthful full recovery. We will see you a minimum of nine times after your birth and pamper you with many of the items listed below, according to your challenges and needs.
If you aren't one of our midwifery clients, you can still take advantage of Nourishing Traditions. Contact us about pricing.
The concept of combining herbs and steam for medicinal use can be traced back centuries ago to eastern cultures in Africa and Asia. V-steams bring heat to the womb. The use of specific herbs work in combination to nourish, tone, heal, bring in fresh oxygenated blood, promote cleansing, and shrink the swollen vaginal and uterine tissues after pregnancy and childbirth. The recipient sits over a specially designed sauna for 20-30 minutes. The moist heat opens the pores of the tissues it comes into contact with. The water vapor carries the medicinal benefits of the plants, including volatile oils. This is absorbed into the tissues and enters the bloodstream, having a direct healing effect on the reproductive system. Vaginal tissue is one of the most absorbent areas of the body.
Soak in a warm tub of herbal tea, specially formulated to help you heal. Wrap up in a warm towel and tuck right into bed to avoid a chill.
Honored Foot Soak:
Soak your mama feet in a fancy, ornamented food bath and venture on the journey of birth story time... a special practice that helps with emotional healing and processing of your birth experience.
Relax during a warming skin treatment that helps to soothe and tighten the abdominal skin after birth. A paste made of herbs and spices is applied to your belly and then a warm towel and heating pad are applied as your skin absorbs the nutrients in the paste.
Hot Stone Abdominal Press:
A stone is heated, then wrapped in layers of cloth with a spice blend that has healing and warming properties. The hot bundle is pressed over the your abdomen infusing it with
deep heat and soothing oils. This treatment is useful in moving the digestive system and stimulating the liver. It should not be used if the client presents with signs of heat, such as a fever,
night sweats, cesarean scar or infection.
Belly binding has been used throughout time and culture to help restore tone and slow postpartum bleeding. We bring a specially designed wrap and lend it to you for the first week of your postpartum recovery.
Moxabustion is an external heat therapy that is applied on or over an affected site. It is made from the herb Chinese Mugwort. Moxabustion, also called moxa, assists with postpartum healing by warming the abdomen, stops pain, moves Qi, circulates the blood, safeguards health, facilitates a speedy recovery and energizes the body. Moxa is a useful treatment given sometime after the first week of recover, especially if digestion is sluggish. It should not be used if the client presents with signs of heat. For example, a high temperature, night sweats, cesarean scar or infection.
Ceremonial End of Care Bath:
A beautiful ceremonial bath is drawn to honor and recognize your strength and the selfless sacrifice you went through to birth your child into the world. Many cultures avoid washing their hair after birth to avoid a cold chill. The final bath would mark the end of recovery and the return to regular responsibilities. Our bath allows you to soak in milk and flowers and to remember what it is like to have your body to just yourself. This is all done by candle light to soothe your heart. Soak as long as you like... we don't mind holding babies!
Sacred Tuck In:
The entire pregnancy and birthing process is about “opening”: spiritually, mentally and physically. Once the baby is born, the body requires “sealing” or closing that which has been open, raw and vulnerable. This is critical for proper holistic postpartum healing. This is the most important part of our nourishing traditions and is done at our final visit.
Wound Recovery Meditation:
Let us guide you on a journey through the healing of difficult wounds such as cesarean incision or suturing from tears or episiotomy.
The rebirthing ceremony was taught to Katie by midwives in the U.K. who used it to help women heal after difficult birth experiences, most commonly cesareans. A combination of guided meditation, cellular memory reprogramming and skin to skin bonding is done, sometimes with the use of a birthing pool if indicated.
Placenta Preparation and Burial:
Your baby's placenta is very special. We offer a variety of ways to prepare it. If you choose to have us encapsulate it, please know that we prepare it according to the ayurvedic practice of steaming prior to dehydration and encapsulation. We can also help you tincture or bury your placenta in an honoring way.
Each of our visits are also accompanied by a variety of teas and warming foods that are ideal for Mother Roasting.
If you are interested in Nourishing Traditions for your
hospital birth or birth with another midwifery practice, please contact Certified Mother Roaster Katie O'Day by calling her at 603-674-7198 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org