As we re-evaluate the feminine we become conscious of the need to bring back many of the practices Humanity lost through the ages. One of them is the care of women right after they give birth. Women today are expected to ignore their own longing to be mothered and to keep on with their lives as if nothing changed other than a baby in their arms. The fact is that many things do change with the birth of a child. The experience of labour is probably the most intense a woman will ever experience in her life, no matter how many children she has, given that each one is unique in itself.
In the post-natal period, a mother has to deal with a multitude of changing factors at the same time: physical, mental, emotional and even the recovery of her own identity, let alone the care of a newborn who requires her full attention. The Post-Natal Support Network is a not-for-profit body through which new parents can find help. Women with specific skills are prepared to help mothers so they may dedicate more time to their baby, recover their energy and adjust to their new sense of self. In this way, the baby will create a strong connection to its mum and life on earth, and the mother will have a neutral feminine presence beside her to support her and to share her experience with.
The Mother’s Journey is one of the conscious pregnancy yoga schools in Europe supporting this network by raising the awareness of trainees as well as teaching some very practical and eminent tasks in the home of a newborn mother and baby. Any woman who completes The Mother´s Journey training is a potential volunteer and an inspiration to new families in her community.
If you have time in your hands and identify in you an affinity with the challenges which mothers face you may wish to train as a postnatal sevadar. Contact your local/national PNS coordinator by clicking on this link. The training takes one weekend and is normally subsidized by non-profit associations within 3HO.
If you are expecting a baby and want to ensure you get the help you deserve in order to relax and bond with your baby for up to 40 days after the birth you may apply to be put in touch with a trained Postnatal Sevadar – click on this link.
If, in principle, you support the idea that every new mother should be entitled to some relief from duty in the postnatal period you may like to make a donation to this cause