4 Essential Needs For Optimal Postpartum Healing

1. Extended Rest: 20-60 Days – Top Priority

Rest is important as well as sleep – take every opportunity for rest that you can. Prop feet up and lie in a horizontal position the majority of the day. Rest, relaxation and REM sleep are essential to provide energy for making breastmilk. Make a room dark in the daytime if necessary with blackout curtains, sleep mask, and if you have someone to care for the baby you can wear earplugs to deepen your sleep. Acknowledge the importance of sleep for good health and know the way that sleep deprivation accumulates. Getting sleep will lessen your chances of postpartum depression and help your body heal from childbirth.

2. Reheat to Body:

heating pad, heated water bottle applied over the womb, low back, upper thighs

3. Nourishment: Eat regularly, Drink more regularly: Have warm or room temperature food prepared for you along with easy to grab snacks and healthy drinks.

o Snacks: Fruits, vegetables, muffins, dried fruits, nuts, granola health bars, multi-grain crackers, and cheese

o Soups

o Rice puddings

o Pita bread/wrap with fillers o Dips: guacamole, hummus etc. o Yogurt/fruit/granola parfaits o Fruit/vegetable juices and smoothies

o Herbal Teas safe for breastfeeding o Egg salad/tuna/chicken salad etc. o Pasta/rice/bean/vegetable salad o Water available at all times. Make sure it's filtered and not from the tap. o Bone Broth helps restore body energy and blood

4. Body Work: massage, reiki, physical therapy, acupuncture, float tank, chiropractor

As a postpartum doula, I specialize in making sure the mother has these 4 essential needs. I offer In-home support for days and nights, Meals for Mommy, Reiki Treatments, Yoga + Meditation, and Positive Parenting coaching to maximize joy and minimize stress. I help the mother recover, rest, stay nourished, keep warm, sleep and care for her baby, home and family. we build upon these 4 essential needs depending on her unique childbirth and postpartum journey.

Book with Suzanna, Positive Postpartum certified Doula now for 2020 by emailing suzannamiller@positivepostpartum.org

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 "I cannot encapsulate a better experience than having Suzanna as our doula...She was not only incredible support during postpartum but we also consider her a friend. She provided us incredible support with such a calm, empowering demeanor. She is also such an incredible resource and wealth of knowledge. We couldn't have made it the last three months without her, and every time she was away, we missed her (and still do)! If you are looking for postpartum support or a night nurse, Suzanna truly is a great person to have and we are so grateful to have experienced sharing post birth with her." -NW 2020


"Suzanna helped me through the beginning of a new phase of motherhood as a stay-at-home mommy of two. She coached me, helped me create and track goals to keep my brain focused, and provided an outlet for much-needed adult interaction in those first few months while everything was overwhelming and new. She was patient and kind, she listened to my opinions and concerns, and made sure that my mental health was a priority when I didn’t have the brain space to spend on it.

Suzanna is incredibly knowledgeable about pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, postpartum, and childcare; which was so helpful when I was exhausted, struggling with the changes my body had just gone through and had two little ones to look after on top of it all. It was life-giving having someone to care specifically for me and my mental health in this transitional time. It helped me become the best mom I could be." -2018


“We cannot even begin to express our sincere gratitude for Suzanna and her expertise. As first time parents (and first time mom of a now almost 7 month old!), my husband and I were unfamiliar with the role of postpartum doulas. She introduced us to incredible care centered on the recovering mom and needs of the brand new infant. Our daughter arrived a bit early, and was less than 5 lbs when we brought her home; she required a “triple feeding schedule” that resulted in almost 90 minutes of various forms of feeding followed by 30 minutes of rest...and repeat!  Needless to say, and despite so much love and support from our families, we were exhausted. Suzanna was truly a light in the haze of sleeplessness and new-parent uncertainty. Her unassuming and warm presence, calming words, as well as evidence-based, postpartum/breastfeeding knowledge were unparalleled. She skillfully guided us all through the early weeks of parenthood (and with COVID looming). We recommend her services to all!” -2020