integrative, holistic postpartum care
Postpartum is a delicate juncture for the mother, her baby and the rest of the family.
It is a time of healing and transition physically, emotionally, socially, and psychologically. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda offer centuries-old guidance and treatments to care for women and babies. This helps them to achieve optimum health for many, many years to come. These ancient systems of natural medicine shed light on how to weather the challenges of motherhood and restore health and vitality.
Dr. Margo provides acupuncture & herbal medicine, and supports women and babies through treatments, education, workshops and private tutorials. She can help with a wide range of topics from planning postpartum meals and support to herbal remedies and infant massage instruction.
Integrative holistic postpartum care can help with:
- Breastfeeding challenges, including mastitis, plugged ducts and insufficient milk flow
- Postpartum depression and the baby blues
- Improving digestion and minimizing colic
- Increasing energy and vitality
- Balancing mood and hormones
- Improving quality of sleep
You can come in-person to see Dr. Margo at her office in Louisville, Colorado OR stay at home and utilize our telemedicine appointments (via secure video conferencing or the phone).
Postpartum care includes:
- dietary recommendations
- herbal medicine
- lifestyle suggestions
- mind/body practices (ie meditation, breath work, yoga/Qi gong)
- acupuncture (in person) or acupressure (telemedicine)
Contact us today with your questions and for scheduling. We look forward to supporting you!
Postpartum Herbal Sitz Bath
A postpartum herbal sitz bath is a brew of soothing and healing herbs for your perineum. Herbs that are uplifting, astringent, and antiseptic can reduce inflammation, and aid tissue repair and overall recovery. You can purchase a pre-made mix or prepare your own, using the following recipe. Look for organic herbs at your local herb shop or from on-line distributers, like Mountain Rose Herbs.
1 ounce calendula flowers , 1 ounce comfrey leaf
1 ounce yarrow flowers
1 ounce lavender flowers, 1⁄2 ounce sage leaves
4 quarts water
Mix all the herbs together.
Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Turn off heat and add 1 ounce of the herb mixture. Cover and steep for thirty minutes. Strain the herbs. Use immediately and/or refrigerate.
It will keep for two days.
Add 2 quarts of the liquid to a shallow (up to your hips) bath. Some women also enjoy adding 1⁄2 cup of sea salt to their bath for its astringent and antiseptic actions. Soak for 10 to 30 minutes. Repeat daily in the first week or two after birth. This brew can also be placed in a squirt bottle and sprayed on your perineum after going to the bathroom.
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