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Salud Natural despues del Parto: La Guia Completa para una Buena Salud Postparto
     

Salud Natural despues del Parto: La Guia Completa para una Buena Salud Postparto

by Aviva Jill Romm
 

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Essential advice for adjusting to challenges facing women during the first year after giving birth

• Includes herbal tips, recipes, and gentle yoga exercises

• Addresses a new mother’s need to replenish her body, mind, and spirit so that she can nurture her child

Midwife, herbalist, and mother of four, Aviva Jill Romm shares her insights

Overview

Essential advice for adjusting to challenges facing women during the first year after giving birth

• Includes herbal tips, recipes, and gentle yoga exercises

• Addresses a new mother’s need to replenish her body, mind, and spirit so that she can nurture her child

Midwife, herbalist, and mother of four, Aviva Jill Romm shares her insights into how to make the transition to motherhood a smooth and happy one. She provides essential advice for preparing for the postpartum period before the baby arrives, coping during the first few days after the birth, establishing a successful breast-feeding relationship, getting enough rest, eating well even with a hectic schedule, and finding time to regain strength and tone with gentle yoga exercises. The book provides support both for women who plan to be home full or part time during the first year and for those who must return to their jobs soon after the birth.

Editorial Reviews

Editor and Publisher of Mothering magazine Peggy O'Mara
"Thirty years ago, when I had my babies, we were rediscovering natural birth and breast-feeding. But, we struggled alone during postpartum. If I had been able to read Aviva's book then, I would have cried less. Every new mother should have a copy of this book."
author of Prenatal Yoga and Natural Childbirth Jeannine Parvati Baker
"Destined to have widespread appeal for its compassionate and wise advice. Thank you, Aviva, for so much vital information in one volume."
From the Publisher
"Destined to have widespread appeal for its compassionate and wise advice. Thank you, Aviva, for so much vital information in one volume."

"Finally, a book that addresses an aspect of birthing that has been forgotten in the western world. This book should make a valuable contribution not only to women, but to the whole family."

"Thirty years ago, when I had my babies, we were rediscovering natural birth and breast-feeding. But, we struggled alone during postpartum. If I had been able to read Aviva's book then, I would have cried less. Every new mother should have a copy of this book."

"This is a superb and much needed book that should help and support all postpartum mothers."

Peggy O'Mara
"Thirty years ago, when I had my babies, we were rediscovering natural birth and breast-feeding. But, we struggled alone during postpartum. If I had been able to read Aviva's book then, I would have cried less. Every new mother should have a copy of this book."
Mary Bove
"Finally, a book that addresses an aspect of birthing that has been forgotten in the western world. This book should make a valuable contribution not only to women, but to the whole family."
Suzanne Arms
"This is a superb and much needed book that should help and support all postpartum mothers."
Jeannine Parvati Baker
"Destined to have widespread appeal for its compassionate and wise advice. Thank you, Aviva, for so much vital information in one volume."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892816965
Publisher:
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date:
08/08/2003
Edition description:
Spanish Language Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Read an Excerpt

Natural Health after Birth
The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness
What is the Postpartum? 
Midwife Raven Lang once stated, "As long as the baby is still in diapers and you're up in the night, you're postpartum." Such a view reminds mothers that the demands of motherhood, which can include intense sleep deprivation and maximum amounts of energy being poured out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to another person, no matter how loved and wanted that baby is, is demanding. Unfortunately, our cultural definition of postpartum does not include this more simple and holistic view.

Rather than limiting postpartum to an arbitrarily chosen six weeks allowed for recovery, many midwives, childbirth educators, and postpartum doulas are encouraging women to see the postpartum as a fourth trimester, allowing themselves at least a full three months for physical recovery, spiritual integration, and emotional assimilation. Even three months, agree many experts, may be too short a time, with many mothers saying that it was closer to eight months when they began to feel more settled in their role as mother, and able to also regain a sense of personal identity and clarity. Three months, however, may be considered the first milestone when women begin to feel like they are getting their feet on the ground. It also gives friends and family a clear framework for setting expectations for the mother, allowing her three full months to receive active help and support. Most of all, it allows you to be gentle with yourself on those days that are more challenging, and gives you an excuse to lie around snuggling with that beautiful baby, savoring every minute as he or she blossoms before your eyes.

After the three-month milestone, one can realistically expect to continue to experience emotional peaks and valleys for many more months as hormones fluctuate, eating habits vary, sleep deprivation continues, baby's breastfeed, and you strive to keep up with your baby's changing schedule and needs. As a midwife I continue to get calls from mothers well into the first year after they've given birth, with questions about sleeping habits, teething, breastfeeding, introducing solid foods, and so on. It is always an opportunity to really check in with the mom to see how she is doing, whether she is caring for herself as well as she is caring for her baby, and to praise her on a job well done. These phone conversations are often filled with sighs of relief from the moms, as they hear me remind them that feeling overwhelmed is part of the territory of motherhood in our fast-paced society, and reflects no short-comings of their own. Expanding the definition for postpartum to include the first year after birth may initially seem like a long time, which in itself may be intimidating, but in the long run it allows you flexible boundaries and should relieve you of a false deadline that says you have to "have it together" by a certain time.

What People are Saying About This

"This is a superb and much needed book that should help and support all postpartum mothers."

"Thirty years ago, when I had my babies, we were rediscovering natural birth and breast-feeding. But, we struggled alone during postpartum. If I had been able to read Aviva's book then, I would have cried less. Every new mother should have a copy of this book."

"Destined to have widespread appeal for its compassionate and wise advice. Thank you, Aviva, for so much vital information in one volume."

"Finally, a book that addresses an aspect of birthing that has been forgotten in the western world. This book should make a valuable contribution not only to women, but to the whole family."

Meet the Author

AvivA Jill Romm es una partera profesional certificada, practicante herbolaria y la presidenta del Gremio Americano de Herbolarios. Sus hijos ahora tienen 17, 14, 10 y 8 años de edad. Sus libros anteriores incluyen The Natural Pregnancy Book (El Libro del Embarazo Natural), Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide (Vacunas: Una Guía Inteligente para los Padres), y Naturally Healthy Babies and Children (Bebés y Niños Naturalmente Saludables). Ella vive con su familia en Georgia.

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