Preparing for the Postpartum

Having a new baby is incredibly exciting, life-changing, and beautiful! It's also intense, exhausting, and at times confusing and challenging. Below are classes, reading, and websites we recommend to support the transition.

Useful Classes

  • Infant CPR classes, sometimes offered at The River Guild, but usually available somewhere in your community. 
  • Our childbirth classes include a breastfeeding class taught by a lactation consultant, but you may be able to find breastfeeding classes closer to you.

Nourishing Your Body in the Postpartum

It takes around twelve weeks for your body to fully recover from childbirth. Making milk also requires a lot of calories--more than in pregnancy--and in prenatals we will discuss how you are creating a plan for support in the postpartum. 

  • The First Forty Days, by Heng Ou, is a beautiful and useful cookbook and postpartum guide, with lots of simple recipes that support recovery and lactation. There are many other wonderful ideas for postpartum meals on Pinterest.
  • Ask a friend or family member to organize a meal train, where someone periodically drops off a fresh cooked meal at your home.
  • Postpartum yoga can promote gentle healing, beginning with gentle stretches when you feel ready.
  • Dr. Ryan Bailey at White Lotus Physical Therapy has expertise in pregnancy and postpartum. We recommend reaching out to her where there is postpartum pain or discomfort, stress incontinence, or diastesis recti.

Breastfeeding

It can be helpful to have a breastfeeding guide, such as The Nursing Mother's Companion or The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. However, there are some great online resources for breastfeeding, including Kelly Mom.