Entries by Kestrel Gates

Interview with Leslie Stager RN, LMT on birth as a rite of passage

Today, I introduce you to Leslie Stager, a teacher, healer, and visionary for the childbearing year.  She brings us an empowering framework for understanding the transformative process of becoming mother. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I describe myself as both Bohemian––a creative woman living outside conventional norms––and a Birthkeeper, who respects the […]

postpartum care interview with Portland-based East Asian Medicine practitioner Rebecca Groebner M.Ac, L.Ac

Today, I introduce you to Rebecca Groebner M.Ac, L.Ac, who explains the basics of postpartum recovery from a East Asian Medicine perspective. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I’m a mother to two amazing sons as well as a Chinese medicine practitioner and chef. I run my own natural medicine practice, The Local Healer, […]

Postpartum Warmth *my story*

  Keeping women warm after birth is, according to Aviva Romm, the oldest and most universal postpartum practice. Postpartum warmth is at the heart of  postpartum traditions which honor new mothers with rest and support. In the natural birth community the term “mother roasting” refers to specific warming practices such as moxibustion treatments and warm salt […]

Postpartum Invention #4: The Milk Retreat

A “Milk Retreat” is a set amount of time a mother chooses to receive nourishing food, warmth, rest and special care in order to fully recover from birth. Yes, I have come up with a new name for something as old as the hills, with nearly as many names as there are languages on the […]

interview with La Leche League leaders in Astoria, Oregon

Our local La Leche League (LLL) group here in Astoria, Oregon has been meeting every month and providing breastfeeding support for the last 30  years.  In the last 10 years well over 500 mothers have received breastfeeding support.  This year so far 50 mothers have received support.  The result is mothers who feel empowered to […]

Postpartum invention #3: The Mama-Sitter

A Mama-Sitter is a friend, family member, or postpartum doula who comes to simply be with the mother and her new baby. There are times when a mother is so physically and emotionally sore and tender that the thought of being left alone with her baby is frightening or overwhelming.  This can happen immediately postpartum […]