Postpartum - The Golden Month
About Jenny Allison
Jenny is an acupuncturist and teacher based in New Zealand who has spent a decade researching her book, The Golden Month aims to debunk the anxiety-inducing myth of the perfect postpartum body. It focuses on a mother’s long-term well-being, looking at both mental and physical health.
Golden Month also explains the importance of nutrition and includes nutrient-dense recipes to ensure optimum recovery during the postnatal period.
Golden Month – Chinese medicine – golden opportunities to improve health.
Postpartum period is known as the Cinderella time - where mothers are typically forgotten.
Healthy society is reflected in good care of mothers and fathers.
Childbirth considered a social event in some cultures.
Stress responses in childbirth can impede return to health.
Polynesian and Maori culture’s approach to honouring the new mother.
Mothers in Western society look exhausted.
Women are open after childbirth – 'tomb is open' – grave is closed after 40 days
Postpartum care is for the long game; create the right circumstances for postpartum to ensure have long term health.
Always a degree of traumas at childbirth regardless of birth.
Birth is much more than a marathon – physical, spiritual, emotional. Doesn't stop at finish line.
Key words – empowerment of mother – she has to have control of how care is delivered
Best to plan before postpartum.
Learning to listen to own needs as opposed to cultural pressures.
Metamorphosing into new self is so important to honour
Hormone changes after birth.
Protection and empowerment – more than self-care and involves others holding that space.
Make space in your mind for asking for help
Words of advice: Think about situation before-hand, who the support will be (more than 1 partner), organise support beforehand, make contingencies i.e premature births. Important to have a complete healing experience. Self cultivation – clear space in mind so listen to own needs. Woman are vulnerable – therefore to acknowledge and respect your own needs. Be in company of people you trust and love.
Walter Freeman’s research on oxytocin.
Postpartum as a communal event
Jenny’s book Golden Month
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