Practical care for a new mama postpartum
Recently I have had the pleasure of reconnecting with a friend that I used to work with ten years ago. She asked me to doula for her upcoming birth. So, I put together this little kit to take with me. I thought I would share about some of it here, along with a few other helpful things for postpartum.
The items from left to right:
Vitamin E Oil with essential oils. This can be used in numerous ways in labor and postpartum.
Olive oil. This is for her sweet boy’s buns before his first diaper is put on. It helps the first meconium poop to not be so sticky and hard to clean off of his skin.
Arnica. The advantages of this are listed below.
Good ol’-fashioned Vaseline. This mama has chosen to circumcise, so this will come in handy.
Herbal Sitz Bath in mesh bags. The benefits and details are also listed below.
A diaper/skin lotion or cream that is homemade and all natural. The recipe that I used can be found here at: Passionate Homemaking
Let’s talk a little bit more about a few of the items.
This herb is most commonly used for treating bruises, inflammation, muscle soreness, and sprain-related pain. It can be used as an oil, balm/salve, or taken orally in a diluted homeopathic. I would recommend purchasing this herb through Mountain Rose Herbs.
Injure Heal Balm and the Arnica Oil are both fantastic products. I would use the oil more for general leg massage after strenuous labor, and the balm for any bruising that might have occurred from Hep-Locks or IV lines if required during a hospital birth.
The Herbal Sitz Bath is from a company call Radiant Belly. This company is fantastic! They are based in Portland, so I can order online and then swing by to pick it up. They also ship nationwide. I have had three home births, so my midwives have their own “kits” that each of their mamas pick up before labor.
Here are a few of the things that are available through this company.
You can find a great herbal sitz bath also at Radiant Belly that contains: calendula flowers, comfrey leaves, lavender flowers, red rose petals, rosemary, sage, uva ursi, yarrow flowers, and sea salt. It looks beautiful, smells great, and has wonderful healing benefits.
I put the herbs picture above into the mesh, cheesecloth sort of bags pictured above. To use, you just place the bag in a saucepan and pour 6 cups boiling water over the top. Steep like tea until the water is a deep color, and then pour into a sitz bath which is also available through this same company here.
Another product that offers perineum relief from Radiant Belly is their Cool Pads. They help reduce swelling and are pretty much amazing! There are sites that give tutorials on how to make your own. I did that with my first born, but I found it so much easier to just buy them along with my other birth supplies.
A Few Extra Recommendations for your After Birth Kit:
1.) Witch Hazel Spray: Witch Hazel combined half and half with water in a spray bottle. This can be sprayed after using the restroom. It reduces swelling and cools that general area.
2.) After Ease: a combination herbal tincture. It was designed specifically to help with after pains as the uterus shrinks. This is especially helpful if you are on baby number 3 or more.
3.) Liquid Chlorophyll: One of the first things I recommend when I’m asked about postpartum health and care is Liquid Chlorophyll. During pregnancy, and directly after birth, many women struggle with anemia. For optimal health, we need to give our body what it needs to produce clean and healthy red blood cells. To product healthy blood cells, we need hemoglobin. Drinking Liquid Chlorophyll is one of the easiest ways to help our bodies produce hemoglobin. Liquid Chlorophyll’s molecular structure is almost identical to hemoglobin. The center atom in hemoglobin is iron, whereas in chlorophyll it is magnesium. Blood is approximately 75% hemoglobin. This means that when chlorophyll is added to your daily diet and routine, it can actually help do the job of hemoglobin. Having a healthy level of red blood cell reproduction is so vital to our overall health. As a new mama, it is always so helpful to have natural, healthy options to boost our energy and increase our overall health. You can drink the liquid straight or add it to a cup of ice water. I personally prefer adding it to ice water. I drink it as a beverage. It has a nice minty taste and it’s quite refreshing. I purchase mine from this website.
In caring well for your body in this season, above all, guard your heart. Guard your heart from comparison and discontentment. Everyone’s labor and delivery is different. Recoveries are different. Our bodies lose the baby weight differently. Newborns sleep differently…the list goes on and on. This season really is so short. Let’s walk together, tearfully if needed, sharing one another’s burdens, and cheerfully, when possible, rejoicing in the blessings He has given us. I am praying now that the joy of the Lord would be your strength and that as you pursue Him, that your heart would beat with His.