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with Kestrel Gates

All mothers need and deserve rest, support, and care after birth.

A postpartum plan can make that happen.

Hi, I’m Kestrel.
I’m a mother and postpartum educator on the Oregon coast.
I want you to have the rest and support you need when your baby is born.
Out of my deep respect for the impact this time has on mothers and babies, I have written the Build Your Nest postpartum planning workbook.

Postpartum Planning Workbook

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Whether you are a mother or a birth professional you will appreciate this comprehensive list!

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.
My Postpartum 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.

On the Blog…

Zifa Astashko Russian birth keeper

Russian birth keeper Zifa Astashko

Last May I had the honor of traveling to Russia to teach at a midwifery conference where I met Zifa.  She is a leading voice in Russia, rallying to care for postpartum mothers.  Welcome, Zifa! Hello moms-colleagues, My name is Zifa Astashko, I'm 33, Russian doula and I am a mother of five children, a… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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