The body has a remarkable ability to maintain stability in the face of significant changes. By understanding and embracing the concept of allostasis, we can better support and empower women as they navigate the incredible journey of postpartum recovery and motherhood, helping them to embrace their new normal with resilience and grace.
In our western culture, we have come to celebrate the mother who is “bounces back” to her old life as quickly as possible. Instead, what if we redefined success in this postpartum period? What if we celebrated the mother who stays still? In her book, The First Forty Days, Heng Ou writes, “Somehow, a pervasive […]
Cultivating relationships in pregnancy and postpartum Children often make it look easy, but making friends as an adult is actually quite difficult and for busy parents, it can be even harder. I would argue that as a new mother, having access to supportive relationships and spaces to gather with fellow moms is critical in the […]
Classic “advice” for new moms (or moms of young kids). Edited to be actually helpful. Illustrations by Mary Catherine Starr
Amazing illustrations by Mary Catherine Starr, a New England-based graphic designer, yoga teacher, illustrator, and mother of two. Check out more of her work on her personal page. Sometimes a picture (or 8, in this case) is worth a thousand words. Starr illustrates the frustration new moms often hear when receiving (well meaning, but usually […]
If you’re a mom, you’ve definitely had the experience of your baby or toddler crying out when placed into their crib. If your child is already verbal by this stage, perhaps you tend to hear the heartbreaking cry of “Mommy, come back!” Your pulse quickens, your heart drops into your stomach and settles into a […]