Tanya Smith

Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Cultivate the soil before planting the seed

Postpartum preparation

I love working with pregnant folks, it is often such an exciting time in their lives! One thing I notice is that they are so amazed by the process happening in their bodies that it’s easy to forget to plan ahead for when they have to take care of the baby on the outside!

I make it a priority to encourage expectant parents to prepare for their postpartum time. Things like enough food prepared ahead and support systems like family coming to help and someone to clean and fetch things so they don’t have to go too far from home for a month after their baby is born. That’s right, at least 30 days!

I didn’t make this idea up! It’s based on the results of thousands of years of human experience of what people found to be most beneficial for new parents and their new babies.

Use these resources, ask parents what they wish they would have prepared and plan ahead for taking care of yourself while you are taking care of your new baby!

CBC radio interview on “sitting the month” in modern times.

The First Forty Days – a cookbook and resource for preparing for the postpartum.

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