POST NATAL YOGA
Postnatal yoga encounters for mothers and babies are specially designed for those women going through the immediate and not so immediate puerperium. These are gentle hatha yoga classes, focused on releasing the typical tensions of this new stage, mobilizing body energy and re-toning the pelvic floor. We share the space with the babies.
When a woman goes through the wonderful process of bearing a child, she must also go through nine months characterized by profound changes, great maturation and strong emotional instability. A healthy adult person is never subject to so many changes as during pregnancy.
Therefore, the empathic accompaniment of those who live with this woman is essential to promote a pregnancy with low levels of stress, achieve an active delivery according to their needs and preferences, and promote a postpartum recovery in health that benefits the bond with the newborn. born and breastfeeding.
In this context, doulas offer care, listening, company, experience, knowledge and everything that women may need beyond the clinical aspects that medicine addresses.
The word Doula derives from ancient Greek and means "woman who serves." Applied to birth, a doula is a woman who has experienced the births of her own children and places herself at the service of another woman who is about to give birth. She is a Mother Woman who accompanies a woman physically, emotionally, and spiritually with respect and love. and his family in the search for gestation, pregnancy, childbirth, the puerperium and lactation.
Throughout the history of women, women were always assisted by a midwife and accompanied by various women: Grandmother, sisters, aunts, friends, close women who were able to hold her emotionally, even after childbirth. Several decades ago, this was lost due to various economic and cultural factors, so that women began to stop having that essential and facilitating female network.
Women find ourselves very alone, sometimes, during pregnancy, when leaving and in the intense process of motherhood.
The doula then appears to recover that female figure, and thus "protect" the woman's memory of the experience of her childbirth. We are the guardians of the physical, energetic and emotional space in which the woman opens up to give birth to a new Being and we continue to accompany her after birth and during upbringing.
Doula of pregnancy, childbirth and puerperium: The service includes, at least, two prenatal interviews, two postnatals and follow-up from the beginning of labor to its culmination. This can vary according to the preferences of each family.
Yoga-Doula: The service includes a prenatal yoga session per week + a shared space for reflection on different issues related to motherhood (Birth Plan, Feeding in pregnancy and lactation, pelvic floor care, exterogestation, and any subject proposed by the pregnant woman). Accompaniment during the baby's birth can be added to this service.
As nature knows how to guide us with instinct and awareness, today we return to our essence by recognizing the placenta as an intermediary organ and an important actor in the health of the mother and her baby; of high biological value, created by the mother for nutritional, endocrine and immune regulatory purposes and for blood clotting, she can continue to act in favor of the mother and her child even after delivery.
The ingestion of the placenta is carried out by both carnivorous and herbivorous mammals. Even anthropological studies confirm that females of the human species from different times and cultures possess a gene that induces mammalian mothers to ingest their placenta and to perform maternal care for their offspring. However, cultural factors have introduced the taboo as a brake on placentophagy.
Among its properties is the enormous amount of vitamin K, a powerful coagulant that helps to stop bleeding in the postpartum period, and -on the other hand- raises the level of iron in the blood, preventing anemia. It also has a significant amount of hormones that could help compensate for the great hormonal deficit that occurs in the maternal body after childbirth, which could be related to the origin of postpartum depression.
Among the hormones we have: Oxytocin that helps the ejection of milk and the connection between mother and baby, the first imprint and falling in love necessary for the good care of the mother for her young. Gonadotropin, and Placental Lactogen, which promotes the growth of the mammary glands, regulates blood glucose and also promotes the production of prolactin, the main hormone for the manufacture of milk, it also contains Estrogens and Progesterone, which reduce postpartum depression . The placenta also contains vitamins and trace elements and produces immunity substances to fight infection. Anti-hemorrhagic and healing properties that facilitate physical-emotional recovery. And proteins to strengthen in the postpartum.
Each placenta is unique and responds to the genetic code of each woman, therefore the formula of this medicine is individual, made to measure for each woman in particular by her own body. By reincorporating the placenta into the mother's body, what the placenta originally took from her is reintroduced.
Ingesting the placenta itself can help:
Restore energy after the effort of childbirth.
Provide iron, minerals and vitamins.
Balance hormone levels.
Reduce postpartum bleeding.
Increase the quantity of milk and improve its quality.
Help the uterus to contract to its original size.
When the woman is living the transition to menopause, it helps to balance the hormonal balance, reducing bothersome symptoms.
- Liquefied: Blend together several pieces of placenta with chopped fruit to eat during the first few weeks postpartum. This will help stop bleeding, avoid anemia, provide energy after a long or laborious labor, and promote hormonal balance. It is also a very useful resource to consume during the time the capsules are being prepared.
- Placenta capsules : It is a very healthy method of preservation in which the placenta undergoes a process of being dehydrated at a temperature lower than 48 °, conserving its nutrients and medicinal properties. Then, it is ground and encapsulated for its conservation. The work is very delicate, carried out with sterile materials, taking care of hygiene and purity above all. The capsules can be used in the immediate postpartum period, in times of illness to raise defenses, provide physical and emotional strength, and even in menopause.
- Mother tincture of placenta : It is a form of preservation used over time, to achieve a product that concentrates the medicinal properties of the placenta and, in turn, is practical to ingest for the whole family.
- Placenta ointments: This is a topical ointment made from placental powder. It is for external use and is used to treat skin diseases, as well as soothe joint pain, bumps, bruises, etc.
- Amnion patches: This is a very useful tool in the family medicine cabinet, similar to "Band-Aids" but made with dehydrated Amnion, which rapidly regenerates burned or injured tissue. Helps in the healing of the skin.
Mothers in India, for millennia, massage their newborn children, imparting to them a deep sense of protection and love. Massage is a sweet way to awaken sensations, contributing to the release of pain, tension and fear. The contact, which goes beyond the hands and the eyes, is a contact with the heart, which will facilitate communication between mother and child, contributing to the physical, cognitive and emotional development of the baby. Those benefits will stay with you for a lifetime.
The Shantala Massage for Babies workshop aims to introduce the traditional Shantala massage technique. This practice is an old Indian tradition that has been passed down through generations and imported to the West by Dr. Leboyer in the 1950s.
Shantala massage provides great benefits for the baby and parents:
It collaborates in the perception of the own body, the joints and their possibilities of movements.
Regulates the sleep pattern
Strengthens the emotional bond between parents and baby.
Reduces the incidence of colic and constipation
Generates emotional security in the baby
It helps to better understand the baby's needs.
It is a workshop of great interest for professionals who work in nurseries, physiotherapists, parents, grandparents, uncles and all those people related to babies and the world of children.
History of Shantala Massage.
General indications and contraindications of baby massage.
Technique and basic maneuvers of the Shantala Massage.
Understanding the vital energy of the baby.
When a woman goes through the wonderful process of fathering a child, she must also go through nine months characterized by profound changes, great maturation, and strong emotional instability. A healthy adult person is never subject to so many changes as during pregnancy.
In this context, the practice of yoga helps women to find physical, mental and emotional well-being, to enjoy pregnancy, carry out a healthy pregnancy and achieve a natural and active delivery. In addition, a better and faster postpartum recovery is achieved, which promotes prolonged breastfeeding.
The changes are different in each stage: In the first trimester some disorders such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting and other episodes may appear that require adaptation to be able to function on a daily basis. Then will come the most remarkable physical transformations in the shape and size of the body, and the first movements of the baby, which bring a lot of anxiety, as well as great joy. In the last trimester, overload and movement difficulties often lead to discomfort, fluid retention, insomnia, and anxiety. The woman must learn a new way of relating to her body and her body image, which will take a lot of effort, but it can also be very enriching. The fear of pain in childbirth and anxiety about the baby's arrival are the most common conflicts that a woman must deal with in order to live this last trance in a healthy way physically, mentally and emotionally.
Benefits of a regular yoga practice during pregnancy:
Deep awareness of the body and the changes that have occurred in it.
The perception of bones, joints, muscles and skin.
Strengthening and muscle flexibility to support weight gain.
Relief of tension throughout the body, especially in the lower back.
Centralizes the pelvis, avoiding increased lordosis.
Provides awareness of the pelvis, uterus and birth canal.
Awareness of the abdominal muscles as a body support and their functions in childbirth.
Provides awareness of the most appropriate breath for day-to-day, as well as through contractions and, also, breaths to push.
It fosters the connection with the baby from its intrauterine life, which then translates into a better relationship once born.
It promotes contact with other pregnant women, which helps reduce anxiety, fears, and doubts regarding the stages of pregnancy and planning for childbirth.