Category Archives: Postpartum Life

Seven secrets to setting (and achieving) goals as a new mom

Seven secrets to setting (and achieving) goals as a new mom

In late 2017 I joined a research team working on the psychology of goal-setting and goal-coaching during the perinatal period. I’m not a goal setting expert by any means, but together with technologists, maternal health experts, clinicians, and psychologists, the team reviewed the evidence around goal achievement, primarily from neurobiology as well as evaluation of… Read More

Five things you should know about respectful maternity care and birth trauma

Five things you should know about respectful maternity care and birth trauma

In October 2015, my work took me to a global strategy meeting on maternal and newborn health. Nearly 2,000 of us (researchers, advocates and service providers) from 75 different countries gathered together to discuss the current state of maternity care and develop the global agenda going forward into the next decade.   What was at… Read More

Three changes that helped me do my most meaningful work after the first year postpartum

Three changes that helped me do my most meaningful work after the first year postpartum

Before my son was born, I had grand plans for the year after his birth. I was going to kick ass. Make a ton of money. Look and feel great.   You might guess how this story ended up going.   I mostly: Felt like I was getting my ass kicked by motherhood. Made way… Read More

5 Ways a Postpartum Doula can help ease the transition back to business

5 Ways a Postpartum Doula can help ease the transition back to business

Kate and I connected over our mutual love and respect for the postpartum period. She is a postpartum doula and mother of 3 and has built her in-person and online practice on the pillars of providing quality support for the precious days and weeks after birth. I’ll let Kate take it away with her response… Read More

Six things you can do when you feel like you are making no forward progress in your business

Six things you can do when you feel like you are making no forward progress in your business

This sucky sucky feeling will appear (over and over) as you get used to becoming a working mother. Because #havingitall is a myth. Balance is a myth. You learn to redefine productivity, reorganize priorities, and centralize the wins that pre-baby might no have seemed like a big deal.    Don’t get me wrong, there is… Read More

Postpartum support and the 3 am rule

Postpartum support and the 3 am rule

  This month’s Mama Story features Julienne DesJardins, a virtual assistant with expertise in digital marketing. As a business owner turned mamapreneur, Julienne brings lessons from management, marketing, and mamahood into the mix of her postpartum journey.   Confession: I’m one of those people who starts listening to Christmas music in October.   So, naturally,… Read More

Three gifts that will make postpartum easier

Three gifts that will make postpartum easier

Folks are pretty generous when it comes to welcoming a new member of the family, and baby showers often bring in the goods. But decided what you need vs what’s overkill is tough! During my own pregnancy I knew deep down that baby only truly needed a handful of things: A place to sleep Some… Read More

A simple guide to postpartum meal planning

A simple guide to postpartum meal planning

This post shares some of what I have learned during my training in Ayurveda as a yoga therapist with teachers Marek Sawicki and Uma Thompson, as well as my personal journey during my own pregnancy with the support of Ayurvedic Practitioner Kaya Mindlin. Many thanks to my teachers and their teachers for passing on their… Read More

Learning to Stand Again: A NICU Mom’s Postpartum Recovery Process After Bed Rest

Learning to Stand Again: A NICU Mom’s Postpartum Recovery Process After Bed Rest

This month’s Mama Story is from Parijat Deshpande, a California Bay Area-based Perinatal Wellness Counselor and mama to a micropreemie, born at 24 weeks gestation. Parijat will be diving deep into what it means to navigate postpartum after a high-risk pregnancy, bedrest, and while having an infant in the NICU – no small task! Of… Read More