Having been through three very different births with three very different postpartum experiences, it is my goal to help my clients achieve the postpartum experience that is best for their lifestyle and intentions. Whether you just need help in setting intention after the birth of your baby or you’re looking to have achieve routine, plan and prepare meals, and have baby’s nursery completely ready for homecoming, A New Moon Rising can assist. I offer several options for postpartum care that will help make sure the period of time after the birth of your baby is peaceful and healing.
Birth Journaling $20.00
During the first postpartum visit, you may elect to have me work with you to transcribe your birth experience. We will devote time to recanting the story of your child’s birth from the first indications of labor through her arrival. Afterwards, I will compose your birth story for you to cherish forever, including the details and feelings that made this experience unique.
Babywearing Consultation $40.00
For centuries, women have been practicing the art of babywearing to help build a nurturing and attached bond between parent and child. Whether you are new to babywearing or are ready to expand your babywearing skills, I will help you determine your needs and lifestyle to find a method of babywearing that works for you. My own babywearing needs have changed as my parenting has evolved in the last six years and in our consultation, I will bring my own experience into helping you determine what works best for your baby.
The benefits of babywearing include:
– Less crying. Research shows us that worn babies cry 43% less than babies who are not worn. http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/health-concerns/fussy-baby/baby-wearing/benefits-babywearing
– Physcical Development. Often though of as “the transitional womb” , babies worn in carriers hear mother’s heartbeat, feel her rhythmic breathing, and smell her skin. This produces increases cardiac output in, improved circulation, and the promotion of rhythmic respiration in baby. And, unable to control their own physical movements, worn babies move along with mom and feel safe next to her. Core strength is developed as baby is worn upright in a visible position and baby develops the skills need to sit, stand, and walk.
– Bonding. Babywearing allows fathers, grandparents, siblings, and other caregivers to bond with baby. Healthy attachment is formed as baby learns the wearer’s facial expressions, movements, and voice, allowing her to recognize and learn to trust the person who is wearing her.
– Safety. Wearing baby keeps her close and safe from fall risks and the transfer of germs and illness. Babies who are worn are within the wearer’s personal space, so strangers in public places are less likely to approach baby to touch or hold her. In addition, we know that carseats are inherently unsafe when attached to the top of a shopping cart.
During our one hour consultation, we will discuss the different methods of babywearing and types of carriers available to you in our community. I will bring my own personal library of carriers including Moby wraps, Baby K’Tan wraps, ring slings, a Babyhawk canvas and Wrap Conversion Mei Tais, Tula and Kinderpack soft structured carriers, and woven wraps. Using a weighted babywearing education doll, you will be able to learn about each carrier as you try them on with instruction and guidance. I will work with you to make sure you have the proper fit and position for baby’s safety and your own comfort.
I will also assist you in the procurement of a carrier if you wish.
Meal Planning $275.00
In times past, new babies were welcomed into communities by guests bearing casseroles, baked goods, and other foods meant to nourish mothers and help alleviate the stress of preparing meals postpartum. In selecting our Meal Planning service, A New Moon Rising can help make sure you and your family are fed and taken care of nutritionally while you rest.
In addition to helping you set up a MealTrain electronically, I will work with you to plan meals for seven nights. We will discuss dietary preferences, food likes and dislikes, and any other dietary concerns you may have to create meals that are healthy, nutritious, and easy to serve.
I will then take care of all the shopping, food prep, and cooking. Meals will be completely prepared and will then be delivered to your home.
All meals will arrive premade in recyclable containers that need not be returned and can be stored in the freezer until you need them. They will need to only be placed in the oven or crock pot to cook. All meals will serve 4-6 people and will include a protein, vegetable, and grain (if you choose).
I can work with vegan, gluten, and dairy restrictive diets.
Setting Intentions $30.00
Bringing home baby can be intimidating and overwhelming. Setting Intentions can help clarify immediate needs over routine and chores that can be delegated or addressed once postpartum healing is done. Setting intentions also sets the tone for visitors who are sure to arrive during the first few days baby comes home. You are the one who gets to decide these things, and it is my job to help you determine what makes you feel most safe and healthy.
When I work with you to set intentions, we will compose the following:
– Visitor Protocol – Do you want guest? What can you tell people when you would rather not have visitors? Would you prefer that new guests not hold the new baby, or is there a hygiene regimen you would like followed if people hold her? Maybe you would like to limit visiting time. Together, we will determine how you and your family want to handle this time.
– A basic list of goals you hope to achieve during the postpartum time. Verbalizing and transcribing our goals is a tangible way that helps us achieve them. These goals can then be posted somewhere they are visible for you to help you maintain the mental and physical state needed for a healthy and joyful time of bonding and healing.
– A “To Do” list of things your family members or visitors can help with when they come to visit baby. “To Do” lists are useful in giving direction to those people who want to help but aren’t sure what to do for you. This process allows you to ask for help within your boundaries while setting the tone for visits.
– A list of elements that you feel may inhibit your postpartum process. Once we establish what you feel might be blocking your health and joy, I will work with you to alleviate those stressors and reduce your fears.