What is "Mother Roasting?"

The Chinese call it zuo yuezi. The Vietnamese, nam lua in. Mother Roasting. Here in New England, it was named for the old colonial custom of adding extra warmth to the bed warmer when a woman in the home had given birth and was recovering in the borning room.


According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the birth journey is a cooling process. Warming women as they journey into motherhood  is essential in bringing her body back to balance. The use of warming oils, hot stones, steam, teas, soups and baths will assist a mother’s overall transition, but particularly her body's ability to repair and regain strength and vitality. Applying gentle heat will increase circulation to an area of soreness or swelling. These services warm and honor women; wrapping new mothers in love and comfort, sealing their birth journey.


No matter the culture, the history of warming is the same. And it's been forgotten by most women 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 a woman's body, her newborn, and, as a result, nourish her back into herself after opening wide to deliver her child.


At Sacred Transitions Midwifery, we perform Mother Roasting traditions for each of our postpartum 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 all of the items listed below.


If you didn't have us for your pregnancy and birth, you can still take advantage of Mother Roasting. Contact us about pricing.


Yoni Steam:
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. A mama 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 of the entire female body.


Sitz Bath:
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. Let us serve you with a blooming flower tea ceremony in your honor.


Hot Stone Abdominal Press:

A river 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 mamas abdomen infusing her with deep heat and soothing oils. 

Belly Bind: 
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 course of your postpartum recovery.

Abdominal Moxa:
Moxabustion is an external heat therapy that is applied on or over an affected site. It is made from the herb 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 mama. Moxa is a useful treatment given between day five and ten post-birth. It should not be used if the woman presents with signs of heat. For example, a high temperature, night sweats, inflamed cesarean scar or infection.


Ceremonial End of Care Bath:

A beautiful ceremonial bath is drawn to honor and recognize a woman's strength and the selfless sacrifice she went through to birth her 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 beginning of her return to her regular responsibilities. Our bath allows you to soak in milk, honey and flowers and to sip on ceremonial almond milk tea. This is all done by candle light with music playing 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 mother roasting 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.


Rebirthing Ceremony:
The rebirthing ceremony was taught to me by midwives in the U.K. who used it to help women heal after difficult birth experiences. 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 Mother Roasting 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 anaturalbirth@hotmail.com