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“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.”

Barbara Katz Rothman

You are a mama-to-be. You have done antenatal classes, read books, and feel well-prepared for birth, but…you are uncertain about how you will cope with a new baby, and wonder what will happen once you are holding your precious bundle of joy in your arms.

Perhaps you are a first-time mother, bombarded with unsolicited advice, unsure how to quietly turn within and connect with your divine, motherly instincts.

Or maybe you are a mama of multiple children, not quite sure how you will juggle everything once your little one arrives; feeling tired and overwhelmed. Family support may not be available to you; you have no ‘village’ to provide you with the support that is so necessary at this special, yet vulnerable time.

Let me assist you in achieving a peaceful and supported postpartum journey.
I am Marta Willis, a mother of two, and a former midwife; and I have been working with mums on a daily basis for more than a decade. It is always a great privilege to be involved in a mother’s journey.

Through my work I have identified one theme:
Many mothers are overwhelmed and tired, and in some ways feel unsupported, when they enter into the postpartum period – ‘the 4th trimester’. They are often doing it without any plan, or extended soul searching, on how to tackle everyday challenges with a new little being by their side.

I’ve always held space for these beautiful mamas. Heard their stories. In fact, I’ve been there myself.

Stepping into a new phase of life can be challenging. If I knew back then what I know now I would have had someone in my home to support me and our little family unit through those early days and weeks, because we simply do not have the capacity to mother ourselves.

During the postpartum period I experienced just how little support is available to new mothers. My lovely husband could not be there, as he was working full time. My midwife was a wonderful support – however that support is limited.

I found that I could not be/do everything. So after I had completed my family I knew I wanted to offer postpartum doula services to mothers. I want for you what my postpartum-self ached for – being held,feeling nourished and nurtured…this is where my postpartum doula journey began.

Did you know that the first 40 days postpartum is a sacred window of time, where investing in yourself and your baby creates a positive impact to last a lifetime? During these 40 days the focus should be on cuddles, learning how to breastfeed, and falling in love with your baby.

As a postpartum doula I am here to nourish and nurture your body and soul, enabling you to exist in your ‘oxytocin bubble’, and to enhance your motherhood journey.

I am here to support you with:

A session to assist you in creating your personal postpartum plan, to discover your wishes, and how you envision your perfect postpartum bubble.

I can help get your household sorted before the baby arrives. Leaving you with less things to worry about.

I can help you build up a loving and helpful village and support system.

The entire pregnancy and birthing process is about ‘opening’, both spiritually, mentally and physically. Once your baby is born, the body requires ‘sealing’, or closing what has been opened, and is raw and vulnerable. This is critical for proper holistic postpartum healing. Debriefing your birth story in a special space, and ceremonially honouring this sacred, new stage of your life.

This is where we introduce heat to the body on a deeper level to help a mother’s body and womb to heal and recover.

The journey of birth can take a toll on your physical and mental well-being, I can be there to support you through this.

This can be very daunting and emotional for you, while you bond with your baby and learn how to breastfeed and/or bottle-feed your wee one. I can support you and help you to achieve these milestones in ways that works for you and your baby.

Teaching you the art of bonding through sacred, loving touch with your baby.

Everyone has their own unique and wonderful parenting style, I can help support you in building up your confidence and to gains skills that will strengthen you.

You can receive delicious home-cooked meals that are specific to your postpartum care and recovery.

Organic loose leaf teas, tinctures, herbs and spices to support your body, and aid lactation.

If you are living in the Nelson/Tasman region and want to find out more about how I can support you and your family on your postpartum journey, I invite you and your partner to a free, no-obligation meeting via phone, internet, or in person.

“After birth there is a sacred window of time. A time for complete rejuvenation of woman’s physical, mental and spiritual health. A time for deep, extended bonding with her newborn. The first 42 weeks after birth set the stage for her next 42 years.”

Ysha Oakes

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