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Ayurvedic Preconception, Prenatal, Birth & Postpartum Care
Welcome dear one,
Over 12 years ago Ayurveda opened me up to another way of living through which I healed from an autoimmune disease. It was the spark to deepen my connection to earth based - and spiritual - practices.
In my own healing journey I realized that the source of all imbalance is led in childhood, at birth or even before that, at preconception. In addition, a deep reverence for the sacred can aid the healing process.
Ever since, I have devoted my life to studying women's health, fertility, physiologic birth, prenatal and postpartum care from a holistic and modern perspective.
My mission is to bridge my Dutch background where a more holistic maternal care system is still prevalent, with evidence based information and Ayurvedic preconception, prenatal and postpartum care.
I believe in the innate power of women to birth and heal under their conditions in a safe and supportive place.
I am based in Los Angeles, but work with women from all over the world.
Photo: Taís Leal
What does Ayurvedic postpartum healing encompass? What can Ayurveda do for our digestive health? How can Ayurveda prepare us and ease the transition into motherhood?
I was invited to talk about this subject with Mason Taylor founder of herbal brand Superfeast in this podcast.
What do I offer
(virtual 6-month program)
A conscious preconception program
bridging fertility knowledge rooted
in science, cycle wisdom rooted in
Physical, emotional and energetic detox practices
Nutrition, herbs and supplements for Fertility
Ayurvedic Ojas - TCM Jing support
The menstrual cycle
Fertility indicators (defining fertile window)
Garbadhana - Ayurveda on preconception
CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASSES
For a holistic and informed (hospital) birth
Birthing from Within Pain Coping Techniques
Informed decisions based on science
Ayurvedic birth preparation and nutrition
March 2023 full
May 2023 3 spots available
June 2023 3 spots available
Saturday's 09.30 am PT
Preparing a birth plan
(physical and energetic)
Visual birth plan
Information on how to
support as a partner
Stages of labor / birth
(Pain) Coping Techniques
setting, newborn procedures
Ayurvedic Prenatal Program
massages, energetic healing,
newborn care, bengkung
belly binding, lactation
support, digestive support
Unfortunately, 31% of the women in the US give birth through a Cesarean (in the Netherlands this is 11%) and 90% receive an unnecessary medical intervention. According to the "Listening to the mothers in California" survey only 5% of the women gave birth with no major medical intervention.
Can doulas, an informed partner or support person make a difference? A study among 15.000 mothers showed that the ones who received continuous support were more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuum or forceps-assisted births, and Cesareans. In addition, their labors were shorter by about 40 minutes and their babies were less likely to have low Apgar scores at birth (Bohren et al., 2017).
Susan is an incredible prenatal and postpartum doula. So nurturing and kind. I don’t know how I would have made it through this difficult transition without her. She is able to hold space in such a gentle and caring way that really leaves you feeling held, heard, and supported. She takes time to listen deeply and understand… and responds with intention and care. Sometimes we just need to be heard and held to heal. Truly witnessed in our process. Having that calm, loving presence was literally priceless. On top of that, her recipes, oil massage, belly binding (and more) helped me to get back in touch with my body after a difficult and somewhat traumatic delivery. Next time I will try to have her with me prenatal, delivery and postpartum.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Susan! You are truly one of a kind… I don’t think I’d be at the point in my recovery I am today without you. We miss you!!
- Katriana du'Gas - Los Angeles
photo: Cris Saur - Quest for Beauty Movie
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