Postpartum Sacred Tending Sessions honor your body, mind, and soul during your rite of passage into motherhood.  They are intended to be a touchstone of connection and gratitude, aiding your body’s healing and replenishing your reserves during a time of giving so much energy outward to your baby and family. 

I create a sanctuary in your home, a deeply nourishing pause to drop in and celebrate you!

We begin with a heart-to-heart check in over a cup of herbal tea or botanical hot chocolate. I’ll provide loving witness to your triumphs and struggles as you process and integrate the birth and early parenting. Then you relax into a hands-on mama-care treatment to nourish your body and spirit. Each session is personalized, flows with baby’s need to nurse or be held and will usually include two or threeof the following care practices, depending on symptoms and desires.

Herbal sitz bath

Herbal Yoni steam

Warm oil rub (abhyanga)

Traditional Uterine & abdominal tending (with warm stones)

Herbal bath (with or without baby)

 Mexican “Closing the bones” ceremony

Motherhood honoring ritual

Holistic Breast Care & Education

Guided meditation & sacred song

Creative arts process

Infant massage & instruction

I can also provide parenting reassurance & information (infant sleep rhythms & safety, attuning to your infant’s behavior & cries, etc), breast/chestfeeding education & support, and resource referrals.

Each Sacred Tending session is about 6 hours long.  I offer these sessions in a series of three in the Tender Touchpoints Package.

 

Postpartum Tender Touchpoints Package
  • One virtual prenatal consultation (2 hours) – This consultation will benefit the pregnant parent and any other people who will be supporting the family as we co-create a personalized postpartum plan. This consultation covers education about postpartum nutrition, physical healing and realistic expectations of early parenting.  Also included is a brief physical and emotional health intake in preparation for our in-person sessions.

  • Three in-person Sacred Tending sessions (6 hours each) – These sessions occur around two, four and six weeks postpartum. Each session includes personalized body-spirit care, selected depending on symptoms and preferences. Modalities may include therapeutic birth processing, guided meditation, herbal perineum steam or sitz bath, herbal foot bath, warming bodywork, traditional abdominal and uterine care, Cesarean scar tissue massage and remediation, breast care education for nursing parents, infant massage instruction and/or a Closing the Bones sealing ceremony. 
  • One virtual follow-up consultation (1 hour) – Approximately 4 weeks after our in-person session, the mother and I will have a virtual meeting that will assess and process current emotional, physical and spiritual needs. This session may include parenting or health education, emotional processing tools and referrals. 

 

Rite of Passage Ceremony

Creatively crafting ritual lovefests is my superpower. To honor a significant transition in your life, I will create a potent and memorable Rite of Passage ceremony for you and/or your family.

Each ceremony is personalized and can incorporate rituals that reflect your values, spiritual beliefs and existing resourcing practices. I can facilitate an individual, family or small community ceremony to honor and celebrate your soul’s growth.

Examples include:

  • Mother Blessing Ceremony during pregnancy
  • Parenthood Initiation & Placenta Burying
  • Community Baby Welcoming/Naming
  • Motherhood Journey Touchpoint (i.e. going back to work, mental health struggle care, weaning, etc) 
  • Menopause Queening
  • Abortion or Miscarriage Integration
  • Life Change Pivot (i.e. career leap, divorce, intention to conceive, etc)

Please reach out if you have an idea that is not listed. 

The details will vary, but this package generally includes:

One virtual intake (1.5 – 2 hours) –   I witness your story and reflections. Together we set intentions and create an agenda for your special day. 

One half-day personalized ceremony (6-7 hours) – We create a sacred space to drop-in and amplify your intentions. Elements may include: creation of an altar, invocation of spiritual support, journaling, art process, bodywork, herbal bath, traditional uterine tending, singing, intention setting, dance, holy sacred snacks, Closing the Bones ceremony, time in Nature, etc. I will bring all the supplies and facilitate the treatments and activities so you can show up deeply.

One virtual follow-up session (1 hour) – We will reflect on any shifts your notice since the ceremony. I’ll help you integrate and can offer practices to help you remember the medicine you gained.

 

I believe every family deserves support in the postpartum period.  I live in Sebastopol, CA and work with families in the north Bay Area.  I often work in conjunction with the amazing team at Birth Realm Postpartum Care Company.  If you are looking for daytime or nighttime postpartum doula services in addition to Sacred Tending, please reach out to them.

I would love to meet with your family during pregnancy to discuss your vision and timeframe. I may also be available for last minute bookings once your baby has arrived.

Please contact me!