Some research shows that having a strong sense of community may be a factor that has greater health implications than nutrition and exercise.
- Find groups that meet up regularly, many of which can be joined during pregnancy: free postpartum groups, La Leche League meetings, stroller or babywearing walking groups.
- Take a class during pregnancy: childbirth education, breastfeeding, yoga, etc.
- Reach out to other mothers in your neighborhood and find a walking buddy.
- Connect with local mothers through social media groups.
- Connect with mothers through social media groups that focus on a specific philosophy or parenting practice.
Who are you already connected to?
Who do you want to reach out to?
What are some ways you will build your network?
ASKING FOR HELP
1) rest, support, and care after birth are essential
2) that this can come about and look so many different ways.
Build Your Nest postpartum planning workbook is a comprehensive resource that supports maternal health by providing critical information and tools for planning for rest, support, and care during the first weeks after birth. It affirms the wisdom of traditional postpartum practices that emphasize deep recovery and bonding. The information it provides can help families address unexpected challenges as they arise. It can be worked through independently by mothers and can be a tool for opening dialogue between mothers, their partners, close family members, and their healthcare team. Photo by Zelda English.
Kestrel Gates wrote the Build Your Nest workbook as a mother who has had her own postpartum experiences, and who has been listening to the struggles and triumphs of other mothers. In the Spring of 2016 she presented her ideas at a birth conference in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where the workbook is available in the Russian language. What she is finding is that there is a nearly universal need for greater focus on the postpartum time. She is honored to be part of a growing cultural movement that honors and celebrates mothers and birthing people.