AYURVEDIC PRENATAL, BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM DOULA SUPPORT
We all go through cycles in life. On a micro level, every month is an opportunity, for us women, to connect, transform and let go. We go through different stages of womanhood: from maiden to mother, from mother to wise woman. Every transition is an invitation to reset and recalibrate. Inanna Care provides support in these journeys - from fertility and menstrual cycles to postpartum and post menopause. My main focus is on the journey of pregnancy in which I integrate different traditions to nurture this transformative stage in a woman's life. I hold space and bringing the ritual back to this sacred moment in life are part of this. I am there to support each moment in this process. I offer abyangha massages to calm the nervous system with home made oils. I also bring in soothing techniques from herbal baths to aroma's, from infusions to healing pads, in order to create a space for connecting. Moreover, I bridge nutritional science and Ayurveda to aid the recovery of the mother and stimulate the breastmilk through nutrition plans, meals and herbal infusions.
”Birth is a rite of passage of women. Their journey should be honored, their rights should be fiercely protected, and their stories should be shared.” – Marcie Macari
"Susan was my prenatal, birth and postpartum doula. Throughout our time working together I have learned so much about how to prepare for the big day. When in doubt, Susan had the right words to reassure me and give me strength. I felt heard, and I knew I could trust her.
When it was time to give birth, she made me feel comfortable and I had a natural non-medicated birth like I wanted to.
During the postpartum phase she gave me oil massages, prepared healthy and delicious food and sitzbaths. When I needed some time to myself, she took care of my son and was able to soothe him in case he was upset.
Susan was the extra support that we needed, because me and my husband don’t have any family here. During the time she worked with us she was like our family. I am so glad my midwife recommended her to me!"
— Marie-Anne Pasquet-Gwon, Los Angeles, US
"Susan truly cares for her clients. She always checked in with me over the 4 weeks she took care of me, making sure I was being well fed, nurtured, listened to and supported. Her food was sooo good and I felt great knowing she was incorporating ancient Ayurvedic wisdom designed for my Dosha into the menu. She also made me protein superfood balls for middle of the night hunger from breastfeeding as well as extra food I could heat up easily to eat when she wasn’t there.
Susan also looked out for me emotionally. She offered a kind listening ear and a safe place to cry. She was proactive in finding out information for me that I needed as well as setting up a food train for when she would be stopping work with me.
I highly recommend Susan for postpartum Doula support. She is a gem with skills, knowledge and a huge heart. Gentle, yet strong— exactly the medicine you need for postpartum healing and support during those insanely challenging first few months."
— Priya Surrago, Los Angeles, US
"Susan was my postpartum doula when I had my first child. I can say that my recovery would have been so much harder and longer without her. She cooked me delicious healthy meals, gave me healing massages, and made sure I was feeling as well as I could. Emotionally and physically it was wonderful to have someone take care of just me as the first couple weeks of motherhood were overwhelming and exhausting. I highly recommend Susan to any mamas to be. Postpartum care is so important and having someone you can trust to get you through the initial period is crucial. Susan is that person. She has a warm gentle demeanor and has a way of making you feel loved and cared for. And she makes amazing food!!!"
— Solongo Gansukh, Los Angeles, US
Did you know that 47,5% of women have a micronutrient deficiency during pregnancy even when they take supplements (Bailey et al, 2019)?
"It is hard to express how thankful our family is to have experienced Susan's loving support. In particular, working with Susan allowed me to connect back with my body. Having experienced an induction and cesarean my body felt quite distant like there was a part of my body that felt low and disconnected. During one of our first sessions, I felt my body shift into place as if to come back together. Moreover having experienced a difficult birth she helped me process my grief by holding such a beautiful and compassionate space. I cannot recommend her enough and look forward to continuing to use her services."
— Christine Engelfried, Los Angeles, US
“Supporting a family postpartum requires a very intuitive, balanced and grounded soul — Susan is that and so much more. Her comforting touch of massage allowed my body to release energy from birth and exhale into the recovery phase. She nourished our bodies with delectable warm, healing foods — each meal was filled with love. Susan’s loving support during our most vulnerable period was a key ingredient in navigating the ebb & flow of the postpartum journey with our first born. We are eternally grateful.”
— Brooke Johnston, Los Angeles, US
"I can't express my gratitude enough for the love and care Susan provided during the early days in my motherhood. She made me feel at ease. In my new role as a mother but also in my body, mind and feelings. Me and my daughter are so grateful for all the things she did..... Susan had the sensibility to be there when needed and had a neutral presence at times when my family needed space to adjust to each other. That is a precious ability.
What Susan showed me, can't be read from a book or seen online. She gave us the best start for the rest of our lives."
— Joseline Haverman, Den Haag, NL
"Susan is a knowledgeable and compassionate ayurdoula. She is a great chef and a gentle massage therapist. She is intuitive and kind-hearted. I am so grateful to have met her. She is a joy to welcome into my home and a luxury every mom deserves."
— Crystal Cruz, Los Angeles, US