For my daughter’s home birth I had a long list of items from my midwives that I had to gather before my due date.  My son was born in the hospital so a lot of the items did not apply, but I learned a lot about what I liked using to take care of myself during this crucial time.  Here is my list of items for you to gather for yourself after you give birth to make sure your postpartum journey is as comfortable and healing as possible.

The postpartum period is such an important time for all mamas.  It is the time that you need to take care of yourself the most.  Which is counter-intuitive because you have a newborn baby who needs you so much right there in front of you.  So don’t forget that you have to fill your own cup in order to be able to provide and care for your baby and your family.  Take care of yourselves, mamas!  ❤ 

This here is my list of the top items every mother needs after giving birth

Sitz Bath

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MomWasher Peri Bottle

FridaBaby also made a new bottle that I have not tried, but I like their baby products so their mom products might be worth a try as well

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Herbal Perineal Spray

I love the Sitz bath the most, but this is nice to have on hand if you don’t have time to brew the herbs and are in need of some soothing down there

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to soothe after birth pains. This little bottle is magic!

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for soothing sore muscles and body aches after giving birth.  Rub liberally all over!  It’s natural and homeopathic and works wonders.  (I keep it around for my little ones when they get bumps and bruises or for myself or husband if we get sore or injured).

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Anica pellets

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Natracare Organic Maternity Pads

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Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter

to soothe cracked or dry nipples

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If you are really cracked, dry or in pain, good old fashioned Lanolin works wonders as well

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The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother

This is a wonderful book that opened by eyes to the importance of the very beginning of the postpartum phase and how important it is to be taken care of and to take care of yourself

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BabyBliss Natural Bamboo Reusable Nursing Pads


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Kindred Bravely French Terry Sleep Nursing Bra

The best nursing bra for sleeping, so soft and comfortable and easy access for at night


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Cosabella Never Say Never Mommie Nursing Bra

My hands down absolute favorite nursing bra for comfort, design and functionality.  Comes in lots of beautiful colors, is well padded with cotton on the interior and comes in other styles such as racer back.  It’s the best nursing bra!

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Doula services

to help you get your bearings.  Click the link to find a doula near you

Healthy meal services

or meals cooked for you by friends or family. Click the link for Motherbees food delivery service

Lactation consultant

Click the link to find one near you, or search through your local La Leche League chapter

Mother’s Milk Tea

Haakaa Breastpump

A friend who is a lactation consultant showed me this non-electronic food grade silicone breast pump that I think is so cool since I was never fond of pumping because of the loud sounds and the electronic pulling sensation.  This is more like a milk catcher, and works through suction of the breast to capture milk.  Love it!


Postnatal Yoga/Mom & Baby Yoga


Mommy’s Group

Postnatal Massage


Did I forget anything?  Please let me know by leaving a comment below!  

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Preparing for a Natural & Active Birth in Supported Virasana

img_7816-1Today I looked back on a peaceful moment preparing for the upcoming birth of my little one in a photo of me in supported Virasana towards the end of my pregnancy. This is one of my favorite poses. It’s wonderful for quiet meditation, setting the day’s intention, reflecting and recollecting– both mentally and physically. It helped me stay centered and in tune with myself as I prepared for the hard work that was to come in labor and in childbirth. 

During my pregnancy it was the starting point for my daily home practice. Enabling me to connect with myself and my growing baby it served as a place for checking in with myself and baby and a safe place to start moving mindfully through the poses that followed.

I remember a wonderful teacher of mine in San Francisco, Nina Gold, who would have us sit in Virasana with eyes closed as she guided our mediation. She instructed us to move the flesh of our bottoms from our sit bones and “sit down there more.” In some of her classes I would try to follow along and struggle a bit. Other times I was able to feel my sitbones and “sit down there more.” On those days I felt the profound grounding and calming effect the pose and her words had on me. I was not only sitting with my body but with a calm mind. I was able to simply be in those moments. I felt like I had the whole world beneath me offering me support. And in a great sense I did.

I am particularly fond of Nina and her teaching style because I find her to be so precise. She would catch me doing silly things (like letting my floating ribs jet out in standing poses or over-extending my elbows in downward dog) that other teachers would let slide or simply not notice.

That is the beauty of Iyengar yoga. It is very precise in its origins. Open a copy of Light on Yoga and you will see what I mean. Detailed descriptions of how to get into each pose, the benefits and a photograph of the master himself demonstrating lend a beautiful picture into the embodiment of yoga that is the late B.K.S. Iyengar.

When he passed away in 2014 it was around the time this photo was taken. I was in a class led by another great teacher, Larry Lopez. I remember feeling the warm tears running down my cheeks unable to hold back as Larry led the incantation, voice cracking, releasing tears himself. A dedicated student of Iyengar’s, Larry had been traveling to India for many years to study under the great master. Larry has his own studio and school for Iyengar yoga, Bija Yoga, in the Inner Sunset district of San Francisco.

I cried that day because I was struck by the realization that I would never be able to study under Iyengar myself but also because of the sheer love and dedication I felt from my teacher and fellow students in the classroom. Iyengar yoga has had a profound effect on my life since it was introduced to me and this moment reminded me just how pure that influence really is.

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Living in Harmony with Yoga & Bach Flower Essences 

Ring in a Summer of L❤️VE with Queen’s pose: a heart-opening restorative asana that floods the body with the healing powers of love and a hand-blended bottle of Bach flower essences meant to nourish your ability to love and be loved!

I remember the first time I experienced this pose in a prenatal yoga class. It was a ground breaking moment in my pregnancy. I felt connected to and at peace with this new being I was growing inside me despite the changes going on in my body. I felt a release in my heart and the opening I needed in my body and mind to make room for this new life. I was preparing to welcome this baby in the most gentle and natural way possible.

I revisit this pose often to slow down, breathe and recharge. To calm the central nervous system with this highly beneficial pose. To feel the support beneath me and listen to my breath as I go inward and rejuvenate on a cellular level.

The corresponding Flower Formula to this restorative pose is called Summer of L-❤️-V-E, a hand-blended bottle (by me!) of carefully chosen Bach flower essences intended to nourish your ability to love and be loved. To be a vessel that receives love, radiates love and embodies love! The best part is… it’s powered by nature.

I began studying homeopathy & the Bach flower essences after my baby was born. I’ve been taking flower essences for most of my life. I’ve learned so much and feel it is important to share this gentle yet profound healing system with others. So I’m working on setting up my shop so I can do just that!

Leave a comment below or contact me directly to pre-order your own Summer of L❤️VE Flower Formula.

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