Postpartum Healing Ceremony
Postpartum Healing Ceremony
Sometimes called closing the bones or warming the bones. These ceremonies are designed to help support the mother in integrating both physically and emotional from the birth of her child. The transformational experience of becoming a new mom needs gentleness and care of the body, mind and spirit. Both ceremonies are done in the home of the new mom and can be done in the presence of a few close girlfriends. Care is given to the mom to help heal and nurture her more into wholeness.
Done in the home of the mom and in the company of a few close and trusted female friends (if she so chooses but not essential). The ceremony lasts around 2 hours, so having someone to help with baby may be helpful. The ritual begins with a hot bath infused with special herbs and flowers that I brings to calm and center the mama. Either during the bath or after, she is then invited to recall the birth of her baby, the details, the feelings, whatever aspects of the birth or her new role as mother are lingering that she may want to resolve, any trauma or concerns can be proten up here and or it can be a joyful retealing of the special day that you became a mother. The mother is then led to her bed and is wrapped up with various material to stay warm and then lies down. Me and one other friend sequentially “hug” her body together, from crown to toes, with a Rebozo (a long piece of cloth). This squeezing or sealing is a massage like pressure that brings nourishment to the bones as well as mimics the feeling of litteraly beeing born through the birth canal. Once complete, she is allowed to lie quietly and integrate her experience as being reborn into herself as a women and now as a mother. We use this time to acknowledge the beauty and power that her body and soul has given to the birthing of her child and the birthing of herself. Praising and supporting her in every way. This process literally helps “close” a mother’s body, which “opens” in so many ways, both in preparation for, and during birth itself. During the ritual, pelvic bones are pulled back to their pre-pregnancy placement, and shrinkage of the uterus is facilitated. The ritual can also help “close” a new Mother energetically, as both pregnancy, and particularly the intense process of labor and birth, can be very vulnerable times for a woman, psychologically and psychically. The loss of blood during birth is thought to induce a “cold” state, so the hot bath helps restore her warmth and energy. It can also increase milk flow, help milk to let down into the breasts, prevent the breast milk from being “cold,” and address muscle fatigue, heaviness in the limbs, edema, appetite loss and constipation. The ritual supports the new mother in integrate and healing emotionally, physically and spiritually from the transformation and experience of becoming a mom so that she can fully arrive as a mother. So often after a baby is born all the attention is placed on the new baby and the mother herself who is also going through such a huge change can be under cared for. This tradition is one way we mother the mother and empower her. The ceremony is designed to support each womens unique needs and situation.
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