"Witnessing women create a spark between their heart and womb and committing to cultivating this connection as a way of loving themselves is truly so satisfying."
What drew you to do this work?
I started my practice as I walked my own path as a Mother in the making. I felt I couldn't find a soft place to land during my fertility journey and when I studied for my Reproductive Health & Womb Massage Training I found comfort in such a deeply nurturing modality which helped me connect with my heart and womb.
What do you enjoy the most about your work?
I love being the conduit and guide for women to come into connection with their wombs, perhaps for the first time in their lives. Witnessing women create a spark between their heart and womb and committing to cultivating this connection as a way of loving themselves is truly so satisfying. I see women claiming time for themselves, allowing themselves to take up space in the world and recognising their needs and unapologetically ensuring these needs are met.
What is the most memorable thing you can tell someone about your job?
There is certainly an esoteric element to womb work. I shared in an incredible experience once with a client who was calling in her second baby. We uncovered that she didn't feel fully supported in her family unit to do so. We cleared some fears and worries and during the session the energy shifted, I got goosebumps as we both felt the baby spirit orbiting her space. She cried after her treatment as the healing was visceral and I felt it too. The cycle after she was pregnant with her second bub.
Based on your area of expertise, what can you share with our followers around postpartum care?
Chinese Medicine principles can play an imperative role in postpartum care. I highly recommend choosing a postpartum/ Mothercare Chinese Medicine practitioner to support you in-home soon after you have had your baby. I love working in this space and help "warm the mother" which involves using moxa (Chinese herbal medicinal applied to the body), acupuncture to encourage hormones to come back into harmony and to encourage blood flow and Qi vitality, womb massage to help the womb to slowly heal, recover and shift back to its original size and wrapping the Mumma to close off the portals which are wide open during birth.
If there are 3 tips I think are essential postpartum apart from the above, I recommend:
- Plan your post partum, do not wing it and instead, consider the Chinese "sitting month" 42 days of slowness, rest, nurturing and connecting with baby - meals, boundaries around visitors, conversations with your partner around how you will deal with sleep deprivation, sharing household responsibilities and more.
- Make and have available as MANY one handed foods as possible that you can quickly access during breastfeeding - lactation cookies and balls, goji berries, healthy muffins, slices and more.
- Outsource and delegate as much as you can - if your circle offers to you help, take it and if they don't, ask for it. Ask for help with cooking, cleaning, and caring for the other children or pets, little acts of service will support you whether it be a cleaner or a food meal delivery service instead of another baby growsuit you don't need.
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