I want you to have the rest and support
 you need when your baby is born.

The postpartum period, also called the “baby moon” or the “fourth trimester,” has a huge impact on both you and your baby. It is precious and fleeting, and like no other time in our lives. It is a wild ride. And it’s the beginning of a new life – for all of you.

Out of my deep respect for the impact this time has on mothers and babies, I have created the Build Your Nest postpartum planning workbook.

My Workbook simplifies the process of preparing for your baby and your emergence as parents, making it easier for you, and your support team in the first months as a new family -whether this is your first born or your 5th!  I look to traditional postpartum practices that honor women with care, and I celebrate each woman finding her own way as a mother.

Get started with my free Glossary of Postpartum Terms.  It is 58 terms that support mother-baby wellness; a mix of breastfeeding info, non-profit resources, traditional practices, healing modalities, and my own postpartum inventions.

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On the Blog…

  • Interview with Leslie Stager RN, LMT interview with Leslie Stager RN, LMT on birth as a rite of passage

    Today, I introduce you to Leslie Stager, a teacher, healer, and visionary for the childbearing year.  She brings us an empowering framework for understanding the transformative process of becoming mother.
    Can you tell us a little about yourself?
    I describe myself as both Bohemian––a creative woman living outside conventional norms––and a Birthkeeper, who respects the […]

  • Tiffany Nguyen PT interview with Tiffany Nguyen PT, a Pelvic Health Specialist in Astoria

    Today I introduce you to Tiffany Nguyen PT, DPT  Pelvic Health Specialist (CAPP), who is a physical therapist at Columbia Memorial Hospital, here in Astoria, Oregon.  Her contribution to women’s health in our community is vital.
    Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
    I’ve been practicing as a physical therapist since 2005 and specializing […]

  • interview with Rebecca Goebner M.Ac, L.Ac on postpartum care from a East Asian Medicine perspective postpartum care interview with Portland-based East Asian Medicine practitioner Rebecca Groebner M.Ac, L.Ac

    Today, I introduce you to Rebecca Groebner M.Ac, L.Ac, who explains the basics of postpartum recovery from a East Asian Medicine perspective.
    Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
    I’m a mother to two amazing sons as well as a Chinese medicine practitioner and chef. I run my own natural medicine practice, The Local Healer, […]

  • Rachelle Garcia Seliga, postpartum practitioner and visionary interview with Rachelle Garcia Seliga, midwife and postpartum care practitioner in Ashland, Oregon

    I am honored to introduce you to Rachelle Garcia Seliga, CPM.  Her dedication to, vision and practice of postpartum care has potential to have a huge impact both in the lives of the mothers she serves and in the birth community as a whole.  I love how she emphasizes that postpartum care is essential for […]

  • postpartum warmth *my story* Postpartum Warmth *my story*

    Keeping women warm after birth is, according to Aviva Romm, the oldest and most universal postpartum practice.
    Postpartum warmth is at the heart of  postpartum traditions which honor new mothers with rest and support.
    In the natural birth community the term “mother roasting” refers to specific warming practices such as moxibustion treatments and warm salt […]

  • postpartum invention #4 "milk retreat" Postpartum Invention #4: The Milk Retreat

    A “Milk Retreat” is a set amount of time a mother chooses to receive nourishing food, warmth, rest and special care in order to fully recover from birth.

    Yes, I have come up with a new name for something as old as the hills, with nearly as many names as there are languages on the […]

  • La Leche League leaders in Astoria Oregon interview with La Leche League leaders in Astoria, Oregon

    Our local La Leche League (LLL) group here in Astoria, Oregon has been meeting every month and providing breastfeeding support for the last 30  years.  In the last 10 years well over 500 mothers have received breastfeeding support.  This year so far 50 mothers have received support.  The result is mothers who feel empowered to […]

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