Birth Leaves Physical and Mental Traces on You and Your Baby
It’s okay to not feel okay with what happened at your birth, and to want to talk and to process. Even if nothing “bad” happened to you, you still need to be your best self for the entire postpartum period
What is reclaiming good for?
Finding Space for Your Thoughts
The times available to process your birth are few and far between after baby arrives. Often thoughts sneak in at bedtime, or in the few calm moments you have.
These quiet times are usually when you wish you could simply take care of yourself and relax and not deal with the bubbling up of grief, anger, pain, or hurt.
Often a reclaiming session can allow you to focus much of the processing you need on one moment, and give you back more of your postpartum period for yourself and your child.
Reconnect and Rebuild your Birth Experience
Birth Reclaiming is an evidence based process with an emotional and physical benefit.
Based on lactation research, it is a simple way to reconnect with the baby’s birth instincts, and to return a mother to a calm, reprocessing state.
Reclaim Your Birth
Is there Evidence for Birth Reclaiming?
Absolutely. Reclaiming works on the principles of cognitive replacement, lactation instinct retriggering, and theta cycle sensory calming, all processes studied in detail by lactation and cognitive scientists - and they all support that going through physical steps to process is just as helpful as going through the mental steps for healing.
Does this sound like something you need?
How healthy and whole you feel is as important to taking care of your child as your child being healthy. A mother's mental health IS her child's long term health.
What does a Birth Reclaiming Session Look Like
Your reclaiming session can look anything like you’d like it to look like. Any elements or pieces that you need to have in your day can be brought in; previous parents have chosen particular poetry, prayers, oils, music, locations, and objects. Some parents just want to talk. Some just want to say nothing.
Before your session we have a talk to figure out what’s important to you, details you want to discuss. If we attended your birth, this may be a short discussion. If you’re new to us, we may spend some time making sure we have the details to help you best.
Your Reclaiming Day
Most sessions are booked on a Weekend day in order to commit 5 or more hours to your session. We often begin first thing in the morning communicating to find the best time to arrive, and to start the process of mimicking a doula’s arrival at birth.
We set up exactly like we might in labour, assembling and filling the pool, gathering up supplies, eating, joking.
We center ourselves and let you immerse yourself in the water as long as you want, alone at first, then with your child, or other children, in the order that makes sense most to you.
We laugh, cry, pray, sing, mediate anyway the journey takes us. I am there to lead when you need me, and to follow where you wish to go.
We reconnect to discuss what you thought worked, what you have more questions about, and to share the new photos and memories of your child and yourself.