Milkmoon or puerperium is the period after birth and embodies the same sacredness as birth does. The baby has traveled from the light to the earth, and the soul must slowly accustom to have a physical body. The baby is no longer wrapped in the protective womb.
There are sounds, smells, lights, touches, heat, cold, breathing, organs begin to function autonomously … and the memory of its origin … so many things all together. You became a mother (no matter how many times you gave birth already), your physical and energetical bodies have to regenerate after a deep opening that allowed a human being to travel to earth. Now is the time to encounter the baby, imagined for nine months, and also learn to know and recognize the newborn. It’s the time to lean on your own ancestral wisdom and to weave a new balance between all family members.
After birth, the mother can be helped to find her path as a new mother, in this new situation. The family can now start to understand who their child really is, what its soul qualities look like. The man became a father, that presence who he tried to feel through the belly of his partner, is now a real person, with a new language to learn as much as taking care of his partner in a new way.
It is important to give time, time that follows the rhythm and the needs of the baby and the woman’s body rhythm that keeps its natural process of adaptation, to allow all this to happen in a harmonious, respectful and undisturbed way. This first period will be the ground on which growth and parenthood can happen. Taking care of it means to have a healthy and strong ground on which to walk and sow. It is possible to accompany the family until the early years of a child’s life.
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Sacred Belly Binding
During the MilkMoon you can ask for a Sacred Belly Binding, a binding of the area of the pelvis tightly applied after birth. You begin ideally around day 5, and then continue to wear it each day for at least 40 days or a little longer if you think it’s necessary. C-section mamas should wait 6 weeks until their incision is mostly healed before being wrapped. It has several advantages, it mainly helps to get the body’s inner structure back into place, for example by stabilizing the ligaments and helping them to consolidate the uterus in the correct position. The pressure maintains the uterus contracted avoiding the chance of haemorrhage but at the same time it helps it to cleanse itself more quickly. It also prevents back ache supporting the spine, promotes postural realignment and reduces water retention. It differs from other postpartum support girdles first of all for its length, from the lower hips, all the way to the rib cage under the breast. Furthermore each knot as it is tightened can be manipulated in a way to provide more or less support in various areas depending on need. The binding can be adjusted each time it is used.
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