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Sacred Window Podcast: Nurturing Awareness in Postpartum Care

Sacred Window Podcast: Nurturing Awareness in Postpartum Care

By Sacred Window Podcast
The Sacred Window Podcast is a voice for change and growth in shifting the current paradigm in postpartum care. We discuss a variety of topics that range from abortion to eating in postpartum. We are a community passionate about bringing awareness to all aspects of the emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing during the postpartum time.

This podcast is created by the Center for Sacred Window Studies, an organization that trains current and aspiring doulas and other birth professionals in conscious care for the sacred postpartum window.

Visit www.sacredwindowstudies.com to learn more.
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Finding Empowerment and Autonomy Within the Bounds of Tradition
Join Roshni and our guest Zaure Vuk as they discuss navigating the postpartum time and parenting through different cultural lenses. Zaure was born and raised in Kazakhstan, and has been living in Boston for the last 15 years. Her background is in musicology. Music brought her to the States, and music is how she met her husband in 2007 at School of Groove (Cambridge, MA). In 2012 Zaure and her husband Chris started a music and Montessori based daycare center, Rock and Roll Daycare (Cambridge, MA). Over the last decade she has been studying Montessori and today she loves sharing Montessori life transforming principles and how they can become a great framework within which parents can develop their own parenting style. In this episode Zaure and Roshni explore how to bring the concepts of Montessori into supporting parents.  Today on Sacred Window Podcast: Postpartum in Kazakhstan vs in the Unites States Empowerment and autonomy in postpartum Navigating unexpected (cultural) challenges in parenthood Engaging and awakening to your own values Identifying parenting styles Discovering and applying Montessori Earning respect vs earning respect Shedding old paradigms in parenting journey Bridging Montessori for children into Montessori for adults Connect with Zaure Instagram: @montessorimama Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Learn about the importance of the sacred postpartum window, the tools of care that have been lost in modern culture, and the ways we can bring them back for the benefit of women, birth givers and families. Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective. www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn For expecting parents, take our DIY course and be ready to welcome your baby in a truly supported space. https://sacredwindowstudies.teachable.com/p/diy-ayurvedic-postpartum-care-for-expecting-parents We acknowledge that the sacred window applies to many variations in birth outcomes. Conscious Care is a human need and our mission includes fostering care for every individual during the sacred windows of birth, postpartum, life, and all the ways we experience loss, grief and transformation. Bringing back the sacred in postpartum care... together! Thanks for tuning into today’s episode of the Sacred Window Podcast: Nurturing Awareness in Postpartum Care with Christine Eck. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review. The show can be found anywhere else you may wish to get your podcasts too! Connect with us! www.sacredwindowstudies.com Instagram: @sacredwindowstudies Twitter: @sacred_window Facebook: Center for Sacred Window Studies Music written and performed by: Sara Emmitt https://saraemmitt.bandcamp.com/
50:39
May 14, 2022
Expanding the Scope of Pregnancy and Birth
Corinne Andrews is a long time friend of Sacred Window Studies founder, Christine Eck. met 12 years ago Corrine is local to Massachusetts. Corrine is co-owner and director of Shraddha yoga, where she teaches online and in person classes. She is the developer and teacher of Birthing Mama, a 90 hour prenatal and postpartum yoga and wellness teacher training, and her course turned into a book. The theme of today's talk was shifting the way we practice to better serve our needs and our clients. There was a heavy emphasis on intuitive collaboration and heart-led connections with other professionals. Corrinne spoke of managing the balance of self wellness and professional life in an industry with many needs. She shared ideas and perspectives on how to bridge the gap between birth and postpartum care and the subtle areas that need attention. Christine and Corinne discussed important points such as addressing each client as their own unique, sacred window, without holding them to any performance standard. Towards the end of the talk, we open the discussion to the community and hear gyms that expand and inspire our perspective on innovative ways to serve families through professional connections.  “How may I serve you? How may I love you?” - Corinne Andrews  Today on Sacred Window Podcast: How to create containers that can support our caregiving and knowledge Applying conscious care and an ayurvedic lens toward individual clients' unique situations Being open and curious about caregiving, responding with open connectedness How to navigate meeting a client for the first time during a hard time in postpartum Creating cohesive care for clients with other professionals Shifting the practice culture to a whole model of care Balancing real life culture and business and integrating intuitive moments and finding answers Community shares Awakening consciousness as intention Connect with Corinne  https://www.shraddhayoga.org/pytt Pregnancy Companion Program-Prenatal Yoga Videos https://www.shraddhayoga.org/pregnancy-companion-program Birthing Mama, The Book https://www.birthingmama.com/copy-of-book Online Prenatal Yoga Weekly Class and Pregnancy/Postpartum Wisdom Circle: https://www.shraddhayoga.org/birthing-mama Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Learn about the importance of the sacred postpartum window, the tools of care that have been lost in modern culture, and the ways we can bring them back for the benefit of women, birth givers and families. Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn  Bringing back the sacred in postpartum care... together! Thanks for tuning into today’s episode of the Sacred Window Podcast: Nurturing Awareness in Postpartum Care with Christine Eck. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review. The show can be found anywhere else you may wish to get your podcasts too! Connect with us! www.sacredwindowstudies.com Instagram: @sacredwindowstu Twitter: @sacred_window Facebook: Center for Sacred Window Studies
58:22
March 29, 2022
A Conscious Look at Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
On todays episode we talked with Courtney Morris, mother, Licensed Professional Counseling-Associate, master's level holistic nutritionist, and yoga teacher. We discussed perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and the mind-body connection. Courtney shared her story about her experience with eating disorders as a youth and describes how yoga played a huge role in healing her connection with her body. This led to her offering support to those that were struggling with the same issues, with a less clinical approach. While in school to become a counselor, she became pregnant and began to feel called to work with those who have experienced perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. She breaks down the broad scope of what PMADS are, who they affect, how to identify them, and how they can interrupt the time of pregnancy and postpartum time. We explored tools and insights on how we can navigate the emotional changes of postpartum that are experienced by most families. Today on Sacred Window Podcast: What is a PMAD? (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder) The Mind Body Connection in Ayurveda What is the Postpartum Window? What is Productivity in the Postpartum Time? Signs of PMAD How to Find a Well Versed Postpartum Provider Simple Ways to Create Systems for Postpartum Connect With Courtney and Additional Resources Instagram: @courtneymorriscounseling Facebook: Courtney Morris Counseling Postpartum Support International (PPSI) https://www.postpartum.net Additional resource: https://www.postpartum.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/PSI-PMD-FACT-SHEET-2015.pdf Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Learn about the importance of the sacred postpartum window, the tools of care that have been lost in modern culture, and the ways we can bring them back for the benefit of women, birth givers and families. Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective. www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn For expecting parents, take our DIY course and be ready to welcome your baby in a truly supported space. https://sacredwindowstudies.teachable.com/p/diy-ayurvedic-postpartum-care-for-expecting-parents We acknowledge that the sacred window applies to many variations in birth outcomes. Conscious Care is a human need and our mission includes fostering care for every individual during the sacred windows of birth, postpartum, life, and all the ways we experience loss, grief and transformation. Bringing back the sacred in postpartum care... together! Thanks for tuning into today’s episode of the Sacred Window Podcast: Nurturing Awareness in Postpartum Care with Christine Eck. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review. The show can be found anywhere else you may wish to get your podcasts too! Connect with us! www.sacredwindowstudies.com Instagram: @sacredwindowstudies Twitter: @sacred_window Facebook: Center for Sacred Window Studies
57:20
February 26, 2022
Planning Ahead for a Supported Postpartum Window
“Conscious Care provides an avenue to give you the tools to trust yourself, and confidence to know that you are the best caregiver" - Andrea Luzitano Andrea Luzitano in is the founder of Upon Arrival and mother to 4, serving the Plymouth county of Massachusetts. She is a Postpartum Doula Support and offers Family Education Services, serving the Plymouth county of Massachusetts and surrounding areas. Today on the Sacred Window Studies Podcast we talked about the importance of planning for the postpartum time. Andrea is based in the United States where postpartum care is culturally limited. We spoke about the importance of postpartum planning covering aspects of emotional support to logistic support, such as assigning tasks, gathering support and directing support people. Andrea went into depth about what new postpartum caregivers should know and essential tips to support a successful postpartum time. As a postpartum caregiver it is important to know how to stick to basic information, allowing things to be as simple and digestible as possible. We spoke about how to do this while also providing thorough care. Today on Sacred Window Podcast: Importance of postpartum planning How to create basic framework for a postpartum plan Society's responsibility Key planning points How to ask for help Mental wellness and preparing relationships How to gather, assign, and direct support Tips for new postpartum caregivers Herbal support Building a toolkit Connect with Andrea ~ https://www.uponarrivaldoula.com/ Instagram: @uponarrivaldoula Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Learn about the importance of the sacred postpartum window, the tools of care that have been lost in modern culture, and the ways we can bring them back for the benefit of women, birth givers and families. Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective. www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn For expecting parents, take our DIY course and be ready to welcome your baby in a truly supported space. https://sacredwindowstudies.teachable.com/p/diy-ayurvedic-postpartum-care-for-expecting-parents We acknowledge that the sacred window applies to many variations in birth outcomes. Conscious Care is a human need and our mission includes fostering care for every individual during the sacred windows of birth, postpartum, life, and all the ways we experience loss, grief and transformation. Bringing back the sacred in postpartum care... together! Thanks for tuning into today’s episode of the Sacred Window Podcast: Nurturing Awareness in Postpartum Care with Christine Eck. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review. The show can be found anywhere else you may wish to get your podcasts too! Connect with us! www.sacredwindowstudies.com Instagram: @sacredwindowstudies Twitter: @sacred_window Facebook: Center for Sacred Window Studies
48:02
January 28, 2022
Revival of Postpartum Care through Traditional Trinidadian Practices
Alysha Higgins, postpartum advocate and Sacred Window Studies student with Trini roots, sat down and talked with Trinidadian Midwife Debrah Lewis, co-founder of Mamatoto Birth Center in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Trinidad and Tobago is the southernmost Caribbean Island and has a mixed population of 40% African and 40% Indian. On a mission to uncover and empower the traditional postpartum practices in her ancestral country, Alysha spoke with Debrah, who has worked with thousands of families in the last 30 years, about the traditional postpartum practices she witnesses within the community and clients she serves. Debrah spoke of traditions stemming from Africa, such as vaginal steaming, castor oil and belly wrapping. We learn about the overlap of traditions cross-culturally and explore the comparison of Mexican tradition of the Closing-of-the-Bones to East Indian cultural practice of Rubbing-Up-the-Uterus. This ethnographic account aims to shed light on the general view of the sacred postpartum window in Trinidad, what practices have been preserved from the motherlands of Africa and India, how they have evolved, what has been lost through the westernization and medicalization of birth, and how these traditions are being revived- a slow and steady process of decolonization of birth practices in Trinidad. “If it's not harmful and its necessary to keep the peace, do it!” - Debrah Lewis Today on Sacred Window Podcast: Homebirth in Trinidad ACCESS in homebirth How are families supported in the postpartum period Traditional African postpartum routines Respecting traditional postpartum care as a professional The new generation and traditional postpartum care Massage across cultures in postpartum care Planning for postpartum care Eating for postpartum The importance of rest Working with type A mamas Spiritual beliefs and superstitions for baby Natural remedies traditional herb remedies Postpartum depression in Trinidad Doulas, postpartum doulas in Trinidad Training of midwives in Trinidad Connect with Debrah Lewis and learn more about Mamato Resource and Birth Centre https://mamatoto.net/ Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Learn about the importance of the sacred postpartum window, the tools of care that have been lost in modern culture, and the ways we can bring them back for the benefit of women, birth givers and families. Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective. www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn Bringing back the sacred in postpartum care... together! Thanks for tuning into today’s episode of the Sacred Window Podcast: Nurturing Awareness in Postpartum Care with Christine Eck. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review. The show can be found anywhere else you may wish to get your podcasts too! Connect with us! www.sacredwindowstudies.com Instagram: @sacredwindowstu Twitter: @sacred_window Facebook: Center for Sacred Window Studies
01:27:29
January 10, 2022
Body Image and Identity Transformation After Baby
Join us in this personal and informative episode, where we speak with our very own Charlotte Senseney-Stearnkind, Ayurvedic Touch for Postpartum instructor, and guests, Deborah Rose Schoutema and Nichole Trunfio. Deborah is the founder of Ayurveda Mamma and Nichole is the founder of Bump Suit Co, and they are both professional models and working mothers.   In this episode we go into depth about the postpartum body and how pressure from society impacts our relationship with our bodies postpartum. Through storytelling of Nicole, Deborah, and Charlotte's personal experiences through the postpartum time, we uncover the importance of recognizing the sacred transformation of the body in modern day society. We dive into a unique point of view of the postpartum journey through the modeling industry and Nicoles story of how she took her difficult postpartum experience to empower herself and other women, to create a footprint on the industry.  “I got into postpartum to really hear the after affects of how the birth was. How you feeling now about the birth and the image and who you are now and who you are continuously becoming and rebecoming”- Charlotte Stearnsy Today on Sacred Window Podcast: The importance of birth stories Personal postpartum experiences while in modeling industry Benefits of Ayurvedic Postpartum Care Your body while pregnant Practices to honor the birth body The personal postpartum healing journey Connect with Charlotte Senseney-Stearnkind Instagram: @charlotteayurdoula  www.ayurdoula.com Connect with Nicole Trunfio Instagram: @nictrunfio https://www.bumpsuit.co/ Connect with Deborah Rose Schoutema Instagram: @deborahroseschoutema https://www.ayurvedamamma.com/ Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Learn about the importance of the sacred postpartum window, the tools of care that have been lost in modern culture, and the ways we can bring them back for the benefit of women, birth givers and families. Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective. www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn For expecting parents, take our DIY course and be ready to welcome your baby in a truly supported space. https://sacredwindowstudies.teachable.com/p/diy-ayurvedic-postpartum-care-for-expecting-parents We acknowledge that the sacred window applies to many variations in birth outcomes. Conscious Care is a human need and our mission includes fostering care for every individual during the sacred windows of birth, postpartum, life, and all the ways we experience loss, grief and transformation. Bringing back the sacred in postpartum care... together! Thanks for tuning into today’s episode of the Sacred Window Podcast: Nurturing Awareness in Postpartum Care with Christine Eck. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review. The show can be found anywhere else you may wish to get your podcasts too! Connect with us! www.sacredwindowstudies.com Instagram: @sacredwindowstudies Twitter: @sacred_window Facebook: Center for Sacred Window Studies
01:13:07
December 31, 2021
Herbalism + Navigating an Unexpected Postpartum Window
On todays episode, Sacred Window Student Advisor, Rohsni Kavate, spoke with herbalist Meaghan Thompson. Meaghan is co-owner of Blooming Mountains Botanical Sanctuary, a medicinal herb farm that she operates with her husband. One of her greatest passions is working with plants and using her knowledge and skills to connect people with herbal allies. She specializes in women's health and loves to work with Mothers holistically throughout their entire childbearing year, of which she has a special fondness for the postpartum period. She is an alumni of Sky House Herb School, Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine, and the Center for Sacred Windows Study. Meaghan shared her two very different postpartum experiences, emphasizing the importance of rest, food, and herbs. She shares her personal story of about her miscarriage and how she learned and grew from this experience. They uncover what it means to trust the process, your body and discover what you want as a person. She goes into detail about how she utilized herbal support during the postpartum time and her experience handling a herbal farm. You can find her farm online at www.bloomingmtnsbotanicalsanctuary.com and on social media. Today on Sacred Window Podcast: Important things to support postpartum Unexpected Loss Exploring postpartum after miscarriage Reclamation through grief Postpartum Support through plant medicine Postpartum herbal preparations Choosing herbs from a ancestral perspective The language of herbs Herbal Support for Baby Connect with Meaghan www.bloomingmtnsbotanicalsanctuary.com IG: bloomingmtnsbotanicalsanctuary Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Learn about the importance of the sacred postpartum window, the tools of care that have been lost in modern culture, and the ways we can bring them back for the benefit of women, birth givers and families. Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective. www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn For expecting parents, take our DIY course and be ready to welcome your baby in a truly supported space. https://sacredwindowstudies.teachable.com/p/diy-ayurvedic-postpartum-care-for-expecting-parents We acknowledge that the sacred window applies to many variations in birth outcomes. Conscious Care is a human need and our mission includes fostering care for every individual during the sacred windows of birth, postpartum, life, and all the ways we experience loss, grief and transformation. Bringing back the sacred in postpartum care... together! Thanks for tuning into today’s episode of the Sacred Window Podcast: Nurturing Awareness in Postpartum Care with Christine Eck. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review. The show can be found anywhere else you may wish to get your podcasts too! Connect with us! www.sacredwindowstudies.com Instagram: @sacredwindowstudies Twitter: @sacred_window Facebook: Center for Sacred Window Studies
58:28
December 24, 2021
IEMANJA: Dancing the Great Mother for Embodiment
Today on the Sacred Window Podcast student, postpartum caregiver, and devoted dancer, Alysha Higgins, introduces us to her dance instructor, Vera Passos. Alysha and Vera will guide us through a beautiful movement class on Tuesday, December 14th at 630pm EST so be sure not to miss it! Click HERE to register! Vera Passos is the Associate Artistic Director of Viver Brasil in Los Angeles and the Founder/Artistic Director of Casa de Cultura Do Movimento in Salvador, Bahia. Vera is a choreographer, master teacher, dancer and producer whose profound and indigenous relationship with Afro-Brazilian movement and music richly infuses her teaching and choreography. In her own words, Vera acknowledges the importance and impact that Bahian culture has in shaping the power and expression that she articulates and commands as an artist, “My culture is my inspiration, my feet speak with the earth and bring ancestral messages of joy, resistance and harmony.” Vera joins us in speaking about the orixa, and her personal connection and experience with these mysterious and complex energy forms. She tells stories of orixa Iemanja and the way her powerful energies manifest in the physical world and the embodiment of her fierce, protective, unconditional love. It is understood that we move with intention to embody those qualities. We learn that through movement and dance we can rid ourselves of separation and connect to the creative energy that dissolves all barriers. Vera says when community comes together to dance the space changes from “mine” to “ours”. It becomes a community space with no barriers, it becomes-- what is good for everyone. Topics Covered... What is orixa Who is Iemanja? Stories of Iemanja  Using the inspiration of Iemanja through dance and movement Transformation through movement Connection of the elements to dance to life Who is nana? How community dance lifts us all Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Learn about the importance of the sacred postpartum window, the tools of care that have been lost in modern culture, and the ways we can bring them back for the benefit of women, birth givers and families. Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective. www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn Bringing back the sacred in postpartum care... together! Thanks for tuning into today’s episode of the Sacred Window Podcast: Nurturing Awareness in Postpartum Care with Christine Eck. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review. The show can be found anywhere else you may wish to get your podcasts too! Connect with us! www.sacredwindowstudies.com Instagram: @sacredwindowstudies Twitter: @sacred_window Facebook: Center for Sacred Window Studies Music written and performed by: Sara Emmitt https://saraemmitt.bandcamp.com/
43:11
December 09, 2021
Parenting Gender Fluid Children
On todays episode, Sacred Window Studies student advisor Roshni Kavate talked to Rebecca Seross about navigating parenting her genderfluid child. Among other things, Rebecca is a mother of three, RN, Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Postpartum Doula. She is the founder of Remedies for Resilience where she leads a 12 week journey into creating and establishing a nourishing and sustainable self care routine for the postpartum parent. “I am parenting a unique soul that is finding their own course, creating their own grooves in the earth, led by their own divine wisdom. I see it as my responsibility now to dive in and educate myself about self love for the infinite self, rather than just the feminine self. I am grateful for my connection to the feminine; I don’t abandon it. I take that wisdom with me as I sit before the feet of my teachers, my children, our children, their new eyes, their unfettered vision of themselves, of humanity, of the future. I am in service to you, and I will do the work to walk beside you on your journey.” - Rebecca Seross, Excerpt from Sacred Window Studies Blog READ THE FULL BLOG HERE! Today on the Sacred Window Podcast: Gender stereotypes Human empowerment without identification of gender Balance of gender equality and other gender expression Allowing children express without imprinting our own expectations Body literacy in children Processing and Sitting with resistance Support of your community Keeping open lines of communication Liberation through expression Connect with Rebecca https://www.remediesforresilience.com/ Instagram: @remedies.for.resilience Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Learn about the importance of the sacred postpartum window, the tools of care that have been lost in modern culture, and the ways we can bring them back for the benefit of women, birth givers and families. Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective. www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn For expecting parents, take our DIY course and be ready to welcome your baby in a truly supported space. https://sacredwindowstudies.teachable.com/p/diy-ayurvedic-postpartum-care-for-expecting-parents We acknowledge that the sacred window applies to many variations in birth outcomes. Conscious Care is a human need and our mission includes fostering care for every individual during the sacred windows of birth, postpartum, life, and all the ways we experience loss, grief and transformation. Bringing back the sacred in postpartum care... together! Thanks for tuning into today’s episode of the Sacred Window Podcast: Nurturing Awareness in Postpartum Care with Christine Eck. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review. The show can be found anywhere else you may wish to get your podcasts too! Connect with us! www.sacredwindowstudies.com Instagram: @sacredwindowstudies Twitter: @sacred_window Facebook: Center for Sacred Window Studies Music written and performed by: Sara Emmitt https://saraemmitt.bandcamp.com/
42:36
November 18, 2021
Postpartum Neuroscience and Cultural Body Blaming
Join us in our recorded talk for the Postpartum Care Collective centered around neuroscience and cultural body shaming in the postpartum period. Christine was joined by postpartum and birth professionals and masterminds, Shelley Rahim, Eunique Deann and Siena Butler in discussing the implications of brain changes a women goes through and what strategies we can best use to support them. They spoke about creating action to shift the present dynamic, identifying support needed to cater to this continued trance like state. Less spoken about topics were brought up about topics such supporting partners in navigating the conditioning of cultural body shaming. Together they go deep on many topics relating to the powerful changes of the body and brain in the postpartum time.  Learn More About The Postpartum Care Collective (PCC) The PCC is a community of professionals and alumni of our program that are dedicated and passionate about postpartum caregiving. We offer live talks such as this one, a treasure trove of learning content and continuous professional support. Visit us to join today! https://sacredwindowstudies.com/postpartum-care-collective/ “Talking about how the brain actually changes and as much as we can, bring in some celebration around how beautiful and phenomenal that actually is.” - Christine Eck Today on Sacred Window Podcast: Working Within a Patriarchal Society Brain Changes in Postpartum The Patriarchs Affect on the Female Body Navigating Cultural Conditioning Normalizing the Reality of the Postpartum Time Celebrating through Preparation Calling in the Masculine for Support Support through Validation Connect with Shelley https://newmothercaregiving.com/ IG: @newmothercaregiving Connect with Euni https://www.slowbirthcollective.com/ IG: euniquedeeann Connect with Siena www.consciousnurturer.com IG: @consciousnurturer Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Learn about the importance of the sacred postpartum window, the tools of care that have been lost in modern culture, and the ways we can bring them back for the benefit of women, birth givers and families. Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective. www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn For expecting parents, take our DIY course and be ready to welcome your baby in a truly supported space. https://sacredwindowstudies.teachable.com/p/diy-ayurvedic-postpartum-care-for-expecting-parents We acknowledge that the sacred window applies to many variations in birth outcomes. Conscious Care is a human need and our mission includes fostering care for every individual during the sacred windows of birth, postpartum, life, and all the ways we experience loss, grief and transformation. Bringing back the sacred in postpartum care... together! Connect with us! www.sacredwindowstudies.com Instagram: @sacredwindowstudies Twitter: @sacred_window Facebook: Center for Sacred Window Studies
01:10:07
November 05, 2021
Postpartum Care Rooted in Cultural Tradition
*Please note audio voice overlap technical difficulty* Today on the Sacred Window Podcast one of our Community Holders, Roshni Kavate spoke with Raeanne Madison. Raeanne is an Indigenous Postpartum Educator and Postpartum Doula located in far Northern Michigan. After learning of her indigenous Anishinaabe heritage at 13 years old, she spent years researching and connecting with her lineage. The traumatic first birth of her 1st child propelled Raeanne on her ancestral journey, piecing together traditional birthing and postpartum practices. She spent the next 8 years connecting with Indigenous teachers in every corner of Anishinaabe Aki. Raeanne now teaches a comprehensive online course that is focused on using ancestral wisdom to restore health and wellness in the postpartum period. Raeanne joins us in speaking about postpartum care that is rooted in her Anishinaabe cultural traditions. We spoke about the importance of healing through traditional foods and practices. Raeanne shares the foundational aspects of the human experience during the postpartum time and how to support those through a consent based relationship. We discussed topics that every postpartum professional and postpartum family should know about, from activating resiliency in the DNA to saying ‘NO’ to ice packs postpartum. “The medicine is always in us, there are just a few things that we can do to access that.” - Raeanne Today on Sacred Window Podcast: The story of discovering indigenous ancestry and reclamation of ancestral practice How she came to birth work and integrating her cultural traditions Birth and Postpartum as bridge to deeper connect with ancestors Making space for the grief of postpartum Reconnecting to indigenous medicine Consent based relationships Anishinnabe traditional postpartum care Healing the womb wound Connect with Raeanne https://postpartumhealinglodge.com Instagram: @postpartumhealinglodge Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Learn about the importance of the sacred postpartum window, the tools of care that have been lost in modern culture, and the ways we can bring them back for the benefit of women, birth givers and families. Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective. www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn For expecting parents, take our DIY course and be ready to welcome your baby in a truly supported space. https://sacredwindowstudies.teachable.com/p/diy-ayurvedic-postpartum-care-for-expecting-parents We acknowledge that the sacred window applies to many variations in birth outcomes. Conscious Care is a human need and our mission includes fostering care for every individual during the sacred windows of birth, postpartum, life, and all the ways we experience loss, grief and transformation. Bringing back the sacred in postpartum care... together! Connect with us! www.sacredwindowstudies.com Instagram: @sacredwindowstudies Twitter: @sacred_window Facebook: Center for Sacred Window Studies Music written and performed by: Sara Emmitt https://saraemmitt.bandcamp.com/
53:33
October 11, 2021
Sexual Health Awareness Month: Somatic Sexuality in the Postpartum Window
Today on the Sacred Window Podcast we have Gal Galucci and Stacey Ramsower. Among many other things Stacey is a full spectrum doula and somatic sex educator. She integrates the fundamental principles of yoga, Tantra, and Ayurveda into her coaching and support. Stacey is committed to supporting women who are reclaiming parts of themselves that have been shunned, rejected and silenced through society's teaching. Gal Galucci is a public speaker, educator, somatic sexologist, exclusive erotic blueprints coach and postpartum doula. Gal supports clients into the remembrance of their own bodies' wisdom using somatic tools that interrupt old narratives in the mental realm. She supports building new neural pathways through presence, safety, guidance and experiencing to expand into ones truth embodiment and empowerment. Through mentorship, doula support and hands on sessions, she holds sessions to reach a place of inner trust. “We can change the narrative from suffering to this really deep exploration. ” -Gal Galucci Connect with Stacey Ramsower https://www.staceyramsower.com/ Instagram: @sacredbody_staceyramsower Connect with Gal Galucci Instagram: @venus_noir007 Today on Sacred Window Podcast: --Connection between motherhood and sexuality --Somatic work and postpartum care --Identifying distinction sexuality and the physical aspect of sex --Trust in intuition needs boundaries --Finding agency with yourself and in relationship --Navigating sexual activity in the postpartum time --3 minute game --Sexual consent and agency --Sensation during postpartum --Rediscovering sexuality --Artistry of bonding --Reclaiming wholeness --Fighting systems of repression --Unraveling held beliefs --Good girl vs bad girl --Navigating pressure to please --Importance of somatic sexology Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective. www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn For expecting parents, take our DIY course and be ready to welcome your baby in a truly supported space. https://sacredwindowstudies.teachable.com/p/diy-ayurvedic-postpartum-care-for-expecting-parents Bringing back the sacred in postpartum care... together! Thanks for tuning into today’s episode of the Sacred Window Podcast: Nurturing Awareness in Postpartum Care with Christine Eck. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review. The show can be found anywhere else you may wish to get your podcasts too! Connect with us!www.sacredwindowstudies.com Instagram: @sacredwindowstudies Twitter: @sacred_window Facebook: Center for Sacred Window Studies Music written and performed by: Sara Emmitt https://saraemmitt.bandcamp.com/
01:25:57
October 01, 2021
Postpartum Caregiving: Setting Boundaries and Navigating Pitfalls For Professionals
Shelley Rahim is a Birth Doula, Postpartum Chef and Caregiver, Birthing From Within Childbirth Educator, Birth Story Listener, Prenatal Yoga Instructor and a Mother of three. For the past fifteen years Shelley has been supporting families during the childbearing year as a trauma-informed educator, doula and postpartum caregiver. Shelley's most recent work is focusing on how to prepare families to take care of the postpartum mother in their life. You can learn more about her work by visiting her website or following her on IG. www.NewMotherCaregiving.com  IG handle: https://www.instagram.com/newmothercaregiving/ The intent of this episode is to support postpartum caregivers in navigating challenging moments of their practice. Shelley talks about the risks of burnout for postpartum caregivers and the importance of preparing clients ahead of time. She talks about how to support households that don't know the value of the postpartum time and how she helps them create high standards of care. She also discusses setting clear boundaries in her contract and increasing her fees for her services. Check out our blog post featuring FREEBIE worksheets from Shelley on: - Listening to Birth Stories - Tips for Setting Caregiving Boundaries - Emotional Self Care Tips for Postpartum Caregivers Click here to view the full blog post! "When a postpartum mother processes her birth story while it's fresh, she will discover strength, power and courage, and possibly even self-love and compassion, where she once felt judgment toward herself for a choice she made during her birth. She will shift into a place of power and wisdom and this will inform how she sees herself as a mother."  --Shelley Rahim Today on Sacred Window Podcast: -- integrating the high standards of healing postpartum with the low standards of society -- importance of bringing back awareness into postpartum care -- learning how to manage postpartum care and boundaries with self preservation, time efficacy and not over giving -- lessons in integrating lessons in postpartum caregiving with real life situations -- how to set time boundaries -- Importance of prenatal preparation for postpartum success -- increasing rates and amending contracts -- how to avoid burnout -- why preparation is not just important for the postpartum family, but for the postpartum professional -- why details matter -- setting emotional boundaries -- importance of flexibility in postpartum duties -- digesting amma or the birth experience -- patriarchal patterns impact on emotional health -- connecting with archetypes
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September 24, 2021
The Ins and Outs of Diastasis Recti
Dr. Prity Dal lives in Mumbai, India and is a dentist by training and prenatal and postnatal fitness expert. She specializes in working with people with diastasis recti, which is what we will be talking about today. We talked about the importance of allowing our body to heal fully before following the mainstream push to "snap back" after birth. Prity stresses that mindful movement and awareness of our body postures, highly impacts our chance of worsening or producing diastasis. We go into depth about what specific movements to avoid, what movement to do and how to support a strong recovery postpartum.  “So in the past 8 months I must have done 30 consultations and out of that only 3 didn't have diastasis. The rest, 27 people had diastasis, so it is that common. ” - Prity Dal Today on the Sacred Window Podcast: What is diastasis recti? Factors the lead to diastases recti The four postures How to support diastasis recti Breath synchronization How to assess for diastase recti What exercises to avoid When to start exercising Simple Exercising for first months postpartum Social Media Impact on Postpartum Importance of Belly Binding Connect with Prity! Website: https://linktr.ee/Prity_yogidentist Instagram: @Prity_yogidentist Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Learn about the importance of the sacred postpartum window, the tools of care that have been lost in modern culture, and the ways we can bring them back for the benefit of women, birth givers and families. Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective. www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn For expecting parents, take our DIY course and be ready to welcome your baby in a truly supported space. https://sacredwindowstudies.teachable.com/p/diy-ayurvedic-postpartum-care-for-expecting-parents We acknowledge that the sacred window applies to many variations in birth outcomes. Conscious Care is a human need and our mission includes fostering care for every individual during the sacred windows of birth, postpartum, life, and all the ways we experience loss, grief and transformation. Bringing back the sacred in postpartum care... together! Thanks for tuning into today’s episode of the Sacred Window Podcast: Nurturing Awareness in Postpartum Care with Christine Eck. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review. The show can be found anywhere else you may wish to get your podcasts too! Connect with us! www.sacredwindowstudies.com Instagram: @sacredwindowstudies Twitter: @sacred_window Facebook: Center for Sacred Window Studies Music written and performed by: Sara Emmitt https://saraemmitt.bandcamp.com/
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August 26, 2021
Exploration of Achieving Postpartum Bliss
Maranda Bower is a mother of 4, Postpartum Bliss Coach and Womb Whisperer for women who want to live life after childbirth with balanced hormones, better sleep, and an amazingly nourished body. She works with women in all stages, from preparing for pregnancy to 3 years post birth. Miranda believes that with the right support, postpartum doesn’t have to be depressive. She is the author of 3 bestselling books: Supported in Birth, Supported in Breastfeeding, Supported in Postpartum and has worked with hundreds of women around the world in deeply healing their body in the years after childbirth. You can find her at https://marandabower.com/ to learn more about her, purchase her books and learn about her offerings. “One of the misconceptions is that in order to be strong and powerful then you have to do it all by yourself. But I think the opposite is true, in that it takes someone strong and powerful who feels worthy enough to ask for help” ” - Maranda Bower Today on Sacred Window Podcast: Preventing postpartum depression and anxiety Perception in postpartum Cultural misconceptions around postpartum and solutions Finding a pace within the transformation and transition into stages of motherhood Healing yourself and others through present and future care and experiences Transforming what we know about postpartum depression and anxiety How conscious postpartum care and planning impacts depression and anxiety Dealing with things within our control and out of our control in postpartum What it means to know your worth within postpartum Connect with Miranda https://marandabower.com/ Instagram: @postpartummaranda Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Learn about the importance of the sacred postpartum window, the tools of care that have been lost in modern culture, and the ways we can bring them back for the benefit of women, birth givers and families. Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective. www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn For expecting parents, take our DIY course and be ready to welcome your baby in a truly supported space. https://sacredwindowstudies.teachable.com/p/diy-ayurvedic-postpartum-care-for-expecting-parents We acknowledge that the sacred window applies to many variations in birth outcomes. Conscious Care is a human need and our mission includes fostering care for every individual during the sacred windows of birth, postpartum, life, and all the ways we experience loss, grief and transformation. Bringing back the sacred in postpartum care... together! Thanks for tuning into today’s episode of the Sacred Window Podcast: Nurturing Awareness in Postpartum Care with Christine Eck. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review. The show can be found anywhere else you may wish to get your podcasts too! Connect with us! www.sacredwindowstudies.com Instagram: @sacredwindowstudies Twitter: @sacred_window Facebook: Center for Sacred Window Studies Music written and performed by: Sara Emmitt https://saraemmitt.bandcamp.com/
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August 26, 2021
Reviving Postpartum Care in Modern Society
The Sacred Window Podcast | 03 - Reviving Postpartum Care in Modern Society Julia Jones specializes in teaching professionals how to support the postpartum time by merging the two realms of science and the ancient Ayurvedic tradition. She teaches students from all over the world, sharing her wisdom on supporting new moms in the transformation into motherhood. In her specially curated program called Infant Mothers she utilizes brain science, anthropology, evolution and traditional medicine. You can find her at https://newbornmothers.com/ to learn more about her, purchase her books and learn about her offerings. Julia joins us in speaking about a big topic: the revival of postpartum care. We hit many different points and angles, in the conversation from patriarchy to neuroscience. She explains the importance of the postpartum period and the impact of the loss of knowledge from cultural traditions. We discussed how to move forward from this story of lost knowledge, towards changing the modern paradigm of postpartum care. Julia speaks about how creating strong support networks of care for postpartum mothers, and the postpartum doula profession in itself is a radical push for social change. “When a baby is born, so is a mother. ” - Julia Jones Today on Sacred Window Podcast: Cultural traditions and the shift away from traditional postpartum care and how they mirror each other -- Colonization, industrialization and its impact on tradition -- The postpartum doula profession as a radical act -- Asking versus taking care of self, how to accept help- Patriarchy, masculine energy and its impact on postpartum and your postpartum doula business-- Navigating accessibility in postpartum care- Social change in postpartum care Cultural appropriation in practicing postpartum care Neuroscience and how our brain changes with pregnancy and birth Connect with Iselin https://newbornmothers.com/ Instagram: @newbornmothers Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Learn about the importance of the sacred postpartum window, the tools of care that have been lost in modern culture, and the ways we can bring them back for the benefit of women, birth givers and families. Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective. www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn For expecting parents, take our DIY course and be ready to welcome your baby in a truly supported space. https://sacredwindowstudies.teachable.com/p/diy-ayurvedic-postpartum-care-for-expecting-parents  We acknowledge that the sacred window applies to many variations in birth outcomes. Conscious Care is a human need and our mission includes fostering care for every individual during the sacred windows of birth, postpartum, life, and all the ways we experience loss, grief and transformation. Bringing back the sacred in postpartum care... together! Thanks for tuning into today’s episode of the Sacred Window Podcast: Nurturing Awareness in Postpartum Care with Christine Eck. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review. The show can be found anywhere else you may wish to get your podcasts too! Connect with us! www.sacredwindowstudies.com Instagram: @sacredwindowstudies Twitter: @sacred_window Facebook: Center for Sacred Window Studies
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August 13, 2021
Raising Awareness in Postpartum Care w/ PCC Community Holders
The Sacred Window Podcast | 02 - Raising Awareness in Postpartum Care with the Sacred Window Postpartum Care Collective Community Holders In this episode we gathered with our PCC Community Holders Euni, Roshni and Siena. Euni is a writer, artist, full spectrum doula, reiki healer and connection + creativity facilitator based in San Diego on Kumeyaay territory. Roshni is the founder of Cardamom Kavate, a wellness platform dedicated to exploring grief, our ancestral rituals and living in our wilderness. Siena is a birth and postpartum doula and co creator of Conscious Nurturer, a community for new parents centered around reclaiming personal identities in parenthood and creating nourishing, accessible pathways of support. Our community holders join us today in conversation about ways to raise awareness in the postpartum time. We talked about collaborative, familial care and its roots in indigenous culture. There were moments where we explored the topics of postpartum and bereavement, not only related to a loss of child, but related to identity. We discussed working collaboratively with clients within a community based model versus based off of a hierarchy system. We found what it means to start within our own communities and create circles of support that mirror the models of care we want to see happen in the world. “If we can empower someone to feel like they deserve to be cared for, they can ask to be cared for, that there are people there who will care for them, then we have done an amazing job. ” - Christine Eck Today on Sacred Window Podcast: Birth Preparation vs. Postpartum Preparation Postpartum caregivers collaborating with birth workers Postpartum care from an ancestral perspective Postpartum caregivers collaborating with birth workers Navigating grief in postpartum Accessibility for care through client collaboration Building a micro nets of care at community level Accepting and receiving care Connect with our Community Holders Euni https://www.selfstudylab.com Instagram: @euniquedeeann Roshni https://www.cardamomandkavate.com/ Instagram: @cardamomandkavate Siena https://consciousnurturer.com/ Instagram: @consciousnurturer Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Learn about the importance of the sacred postpartum window, the tools of care that have been lost in modern culture, and the ways we can bring them back for the benefit of women, birth givers and families. Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective. www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn For expecting parents, take our DIY course and be ready to welcome your baby in a truly supported space. https://sacredwindowstudies.teachable.com/p/diy-ayurvedic-postpartum-care-for-expecting-parents 
58:29
August 12, 2021
Abortion + Loss with Iselin Stoylen
Iselin Stoylen is a health counselor specializing in women's health, menstrual cycle and fertility awareness. Her mission is to help women understand their bodies' innate wisdom and find harmony within themselves. Iselin brings her passion of nurturing and “mothering” new mothers of the world to her doula work, childbirth education, breastfeeding consulting, and perinatal nutrition education. You can find her at https://iselinstoylen.com/ to learn more about her and the services she offers. Iselin joins us today to share about a personal and vulnerable topic, her abortion. She explains in what ways her abortion opened her up to a spectrum of emotions, from grief to honoring the sacred process. She explains how the medical system could have better supported her and why it is important to have a strong support system through the experience. Iselin also discusses how to replenish the body and spirit during the time after abortion and how it relates to the postpartum window. “Healing comes in waves. ” - Iselin Stoylen Today on Sacred Window Podcast: How Islein moved through the wide spectrum of emotions brought by her abortion The layers of her healing journey What the medical system could have done better in supporting the abortion process The significance of abortion and how it can be a sacred transformative time Holistic support during after abortion Eating for the mind and body The connection of abortion to the postpartum time Connect with Iselin https://iselinstoylen.com/ Instagram: @iselin_stoylen Learn more and Connect with the Sacred Window Community Learn about the importance of the sacred postpartum window, the tools of care that have been lost in modern culture, and the ways we can bring them back for the benefit of women, birth givers and families. Join our online training and mentoring programs for aspiring and current postpartum professionals as well as our vibrant professional collective. www.sacredwindowstudies.com/learn For expecting parents, take our DIY course and be ready to welcome your baby in a truly supported space. https://sacredwindowstudies.teachable.com/p/diy-ayurvedic-postpartum-care-for-expecting-parents We acknowledge that the sacred window applies to many variations in birth outcomes. Conscious Care is a human need and our mission includes fostering care for every individual during the sacred windows of birth, postpartum, life, and all the ways we experience loss, grief and transformation. Bringing back the sacred in postpartum care... together! Thanks for tuning into today’s episode of the Sacred Window Podcast: Nurturing Awareness in Postpartum Care with Christine Eck. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review. The show can be found anywhere else you may wish to get your podcasts too! Connect with us! www.sacredwindowstudies.com Instagram: @sacredwindowstudies Twitter: @sacred_window Facebook: Center for Sacred Window Studies
57:45
August 11, 2021