Postpartum Period - The FOURTH Trimester

They say it takes tonnes of consistency to turn something into a habit. Establishing new family routines can be tough. It takes patience and consistency. Let me help you get established with consistent care.

During Pregnancy, the focus is always on the bump. Even after the birth, the focus goes to the unborn child. As a postpartum Doula, my focus is on the mother so she can look after her family with renewed energy, in calm and supportive way after all the extra support has gone. Because babies dont come with a user manual, my aim is to help you as a family to thrive in your new roles.

Belly wrapping will help assist you adjust physically with its many benefits

In the Netherlands i am trained by the Postnatal Network. More information on what the network and organisation stands for is here: postnatalsupportnetwork.com/




My own understanding of the 40day rest.

In my native country Kenya, the Postpartum period is initiated in the 8th month when mother-to-be starts nesting and slowing down. The female lineage of Aunts, cousins, mothers would gather round and talk at length about what is to come. She will be encouraged with stories, tips, advice and really get a feel of support for the coming transition. The focus is on the mother and what she would need in the postpartum period. Her duty after birth is to only feed the baby and recover. There is always someone around to cook, help change the baby, treat the mother with traditional herbs on a 'lesso' which is then tied over the hips for support (Similar to the Indonesian Benkung) and to assist with the recovery of the uterus, songs are sung, food is cooked and shared and the mother is celebrated amongst other women. Traditionally we would stay away from the outside world, so in confinement for 40 days after birth to recuperate, re-energize and stabilize ourselves after the birth. The only contact is with the immediate family liing in the home with the new mother and baby. The baby is not exposed to outside energies for fear of diseases and bad spells too. In Africa it is believed that babies are pure and evil spirits are attracted to them, so you may find a newborn baby with a drawing on her forehead to waide away the bad spirits, or mothers using bottle covers to cover their babies food away from people's eyes

This practice has been going for all the times i can remember. My own mother came to the Netherlands to honor my 40day period with both my pregnancies and births. Culturally and Traditionally, we name the baby on the 40th day and the hair is shaven to pace way for a new beginning and then everyone is welcome to hold the baby etc. Therefors; I understand first hand the importance of rest after birth

So traditionally i was raised with the culture and it is imprinted in me naturally :-)

What is a Postpartum Doula?

A postpartum doula’s role is to come into the home to help the new family.

Postpartum Doulas offer education, quiet non-judgmental support, and companionship during the postpartum period. She

  • Helps mothers gain confidence and increases self-esteem and empowers mothers.
  • Helps the mother achieve her parenting goals.
  • Helps mother to rest knowing baby will be looked after while she recharges
  • Enhances mothers and parents ability to nurture their family and helps the mother/family to find the ways of parenting that work best for them.
  • Enables the mother to have more time getting to know and bonding with her newborn and gives her time to spend enjoying her other children.
  • Offers evidenced-based information on:– infant feeding– emotional and physical recovery from childbirth– infant soothing– coping skills for new parents
  • Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation, and light household chores.
  • Helps with other siblings too so mother can concentrate on the baby or the other way round, looking after the baby so mother can bond with older sublings too
  • Offers recovery tips using herbs. Offers recovery measures by massage
  • Provides appropriate referrals when necessary.

My Postpartum support package is comprehensive. I am available minimum of 5 hours a day and for however long you need me. Other than the list above, i help with

* meal plannings

* Breastfeeding support

* Moxa treatments

* Benkung Belly Binding



Packages

My Postpartum support package is comprehensive. I am available minimum of 5 hours a dayand for however long you need me. Other than the list above, i help with (1) meal plannings (2) Breastfeeding support (3) Moxa treatments (4) Benkung Belly Binding

KARIBU (Welcome)

Celebrate Mama Package 20hrs

597 (incl 21% BTW)

With this package, you receive FIFTEEN hours of daytime postpartum care, set to the schedule that works best for you. So i will come to you THREE times to help you as you recover and adjust to your new role. I will:

  • Do light cleaning
  • Meal plans
  • Moxa treat
  • Take care of other children so you can rest
  • Look after baby so you can shower
  • Help with breastfeeding

If package is purchased before baby arrives you will have a 1 hour prenatal visit to connect before baby(s) arrive and three 5 hour visits to be scheduled anytime in the first three months

Please note that all postnatal visits are spontaneous based on how both parents and baby are doing, so sometimes the visits take place on consecutive days instead of being spaced apart, depending on the situation.

Swift Sailing Cocoon Package 30hrs

  994 (incl 21% BTW)

* Includes Postpartum or Family shoot with Alena Masselink

This package consists of SIX postpartum visits. If this package was pre-booked before the birth, the first postnatal visit is scheduled the first day of the Kraamzorg leaving to ensure that the baby is breastfeeding well and continuity of care.

This package consistst of Celebrate Mama package plus 

  • Foot massage
  • Moxa treatment
  • Caring for mum as she recovers from birth 
  • Meal planning using your recipes  and my Ayurvedic recipes too 
  • Celebrate mama gift including Moxa treatment, Foot massage and closing ceremony  (if ready)      
  • Processing the birth experience (if need be)
  • Prepare pump supplies or bottles & Soothing baby
  • Help organize the home and nursery

Please note that all postnatal visits are spontaneous based on how both parents and baby are doing, so sometimes the visits take place on consecutive days instead of being spaced apart, depending on the situation.

Anchored in Love - The Tranquil Package 60hrs

  1500 (incl 21% BTW)

* Includes Postpartum or Family Shoot with Alena Masselink

This package is for 40 days rest. You will benefit from 12 Postpartum visits to really enjoy a tranquil time with your bundle of joy and family.

This package consists of Celebrate Mama Package plus

  • Relaxing Foot and Body Massage
  • Care for your whole family
  • Pure postpartum bliss with Moxa treatment & Belly Binding & Closing Ceremony (if ready)
  • Meal planning using Ayurvedic recipes and your own too
  • Home management to promote calm and structure
  • Hands-on tips for infant, mama care & Sibling Support
  • Non-judgmental support for the family
  • Light Housekeeping  & Light meal preparations
  • Care for baby when parents want to shower, nap, or spend some special time with older child(ren) AND each other

If this package was pre-booked before the birth, the first postnatal visit is scheduled the first day of the Kraamzorg leaving to ensure that the baby is breastfeeding well and continuity of care.

When you have decided you would like to book me

Please click on the link below to directly contact me, and i will email you back the steps on how to reserve your postpartum recovery plan

Taking care of yourself after birth

A mother needs to take good care of herself to rebuild her strength. You will need plenty of rest, good nutrition, and help during the first few weeks.

Rest: Every new parent soon learns that babies have different time clocks than adults. A typical newborn awakens about every three hours and needs to be fed, changed, and comforted. Especially if this is their first baby, parents–in particular the mother–can become overwhelmed by exhaustion. Although a solid eight hours of sleep for you may not happen again for several months, the following suggestions may be helpful in finding ways to get more rest now.

Nutrition: A mother's body has undergone many changes during pregnancy, as well as with the birth of her baby. She needs to heal and recover from pregnancy and childbirth. In addition to rest, all mothers need to maintain a healthy diet to promote healing and recovery

Oils are not a food group, yet some, such as nut oils, contain essential nutrients and can be included in the diet. Others, such as animal fats, are solid and should be avoided.

Exercise and everyday physical activity should also be included with a healthy dietary plan.

Although most mothers want to lose their pregnancy weight, extreme dieting and rapid weight loss can be hazardous to your health and to your baby's if you are breastfeeding. It can take several months for a mother to lose the weight she gained during pregnancy. This can be accomplished by cutting out high-fat snacks and concentrating on a diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, balanced with proteins and carbohydrates. Exercise also helps burn calories and tone muscles and limbs.

Along with balanced meals, breastfeeding mothers should increase fluids. Many mothers find they become very thirsty while the baby is nursing. Water, milk, and fruit juices are excellent choices. It is helpful to keep a pitcher of water and even some healthy snacks beside your bed or breastfeeding chair.

Consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if you want to learn more about postpartum nutrition. Certified lactation consultants can also help with advice about nutrition while breastfeeding.