Postpartum Care

Postpartum Doula Services

As your Postpartum Doula my goal is to support a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby. As a professionally trained postpartum doula, I support the family after birth, usually in their home. I offer education and non-judgmental support during the vital fourth trimester. I am skilled at offering evidence-based information and support for breastfeeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth, infant soothing, mother-baby bonding, and coping skills for new parents.

New mothers and fathers have tremendous needs in the days and weeks following birth. These include getting adequate rest, optimal nutrition, 

help with breastfeeding, emotional support and answers to questions and uncertainties about care of the new baby and including older siblings.

Some families may have special needs such as a multiple birth, or cesarean birth recovery, birth of a premature baby or a mother  with anxiety or postpartum depression.

As postpartum doula I offer many services to the client, but my main goals is to “mother the mother”, and nurture the entire family as they transition into life with a newborn.

More and more families are asking for postpartum doula service as a shower or baby gift from family and friends. This is especially helpful for new families who have little or no family support nearby.

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BENGKUNG BELLY BINDING

What is Bengkung?

Bengkung is a traditional Malaysian belly binding method. Essentially it is a practice of tying a long strip of cloth around the abdomen during the postpartum recovery period to ensure a strong support to our womb after childbirth.

Why belly binding ?

  • It feels good!
  • It helps to slim the rib-cage, belly and hips. Provides constant, steady pressure to the pelvic area and hips, which helps them to close as much as possible back to their previous width.
  • Pulls in the separated abdominal muscles back together. (diastasis recti see below)
  • Relieves back pain by supporting the abdominals during the postpartum healing process 
  • Supports correct posture and spinal realignment and is good antidote to the “nursing-slouch.”
  • Decreases postpartum bleeding time by speeding up the process of getting rid of waste blood in a natural way. 
  • Constant pressure encourages the organs in the torso and pelvis to shrink back and return to their pre-pregnancy size.
  • Emotional/Spiritual benefits - Many women enjoy the modesty of being able to breastfeed without the worry of their belly being exposed. 
  • Women also enjoy the process of taking care of their bodies and being able to focus on their recovery and the healing process. They are able to really take that time out each day for self-care and get in touch with their new self and their new role as a mother. 
  • Many women use binding as a spiritual or symbolic closure of their pregnancy; especially if they didn’t receive the birth they envisioned.

Repairing diastasis recti

According to the Mayo Clinic, during pregnancy, the growing uterus stretches the muscles in the abdomen. This can cause the two large parallel bands of muscles that meet in the middle of the abdomen to separate — a condition called diastasis recti or diastasis recti abdominis. The Malaysian technique of Bengkung binding is helpful in bringing those bands of muscles back together in order for the Linea Alba, or connective tissue, to strengthen and support the muscles more effectively.

When should I get wrapped? 

It is recommended that for a vaginal delivery, you be wrapped within the first week postpartum and if you have had a cesarean 4-6 weeks postpartum with a doctor’s approval. You will continue to wrap for each day, for about 8 hours, up to around the 40 day mark.

Caring for the mother

Re-birthing ceremony

Re-birthing ceremony

Re-birthing ceremony

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Rebirth ceremonies are designed to make up for the lack of bonding that took place at the actual birth. Parents are choosing to have these ceremonies to focus on bonding with their babies and healing any negative energy left over from traumatic births. A rebirth ceremony is done after a family experiences a birth that was not their original plan – whether it be an emergency caesarean, a vaginal birth with lots of intervention, or even a natural birth that just wasn’t like what they expected it was going to be.

Warm Womb Steam Bath

Re-birthing ceremony

Re-birthing ceremony

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These steam baths nurture a women’s most sacred area; her vagina. The steam brings heat to the womb, encourages and maintains healthy fertility, helps to relieve painful menstruation, uterine fibroids, uterine adhesions, cysts, scar tissue internally and externally, uterine weakness and uterine or cervical prolapse. It restores the suppleness to the outer vagina while cleansing the inner

Placenta Encapsulation

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Caring For Your Health

During pregnancy, the Placenta takes care of your baby, delivering nutrients, removing waste and keeping your baby safe from infections. After birth the placenta can continue to help both mother and baby in many ways. Placenta Encapsulation is one of those ways.


Benefits of the placenta encapsulation:

Balance your hormones, Increase milk supply supporting breastfeeding, Combat Fatigue, Increase your energy, Recover more quickly from childbirth, Replenish what was lost during childbirth, Bring the 

body back into balance, Easy the “baby blues” may avoid postpartum depression and Shorten postnatal bleeding time.

Our Promise to You

I am a OSHA Certified in blood borne pathogens for placenta encapsulation specialists and am a Certified Food Handler, ensuring all handling and disinfection practices meet strict Federal (OSHA and EPA) and local guidelines. 

My standards also meet EPA guidelines for licensed small laboratories, who handle blood borne pathogens and medical waste.

The University of Nevada in the United States conducted an investigation on the effects on the mother of the postpartum placenta consumption. Medical anthropologist Daniel Benyshek and doctoral student Sharon Young interviewed 189 women who consumed their placenta in the postpartum period. The objective: to know what benefits they had brought, if there had been any side effects and what their method of preparation had been.

The majority of the participants (92%) reported a positive experience, 98% said they would repeat the experience. Surprisingly, 52% of the women in the study gave birth in the hospital, eliminating the notion that only those who gave birth in their homes or birth center were interested in this practice and established a precedent for the transfer of placenta rights by the hospital. Negative effects mentioned include headache (4%) taste / unpleasant odor (7%) none (69%)

The study concludes with the need to carry out more in-depth studies with a 

double-blinded control group (that is, neither the woman nor the person who delivers the medication knows whether it is a placebo or placental extract) to clear up doubts about whether the perceived benefits were subject to preconceptions or placebo effects.

Customers have questions, you have answers. Display the most frequently asked questions, so everybody benefits.

Testimonials

Hello Gloria Maria,


I experienced postpartum depression after the birth of my first son. 

Unexpectedly, when he was eight months old, I found myself pregnant again. 

A friend recommended Gloria Maria and her services to me. Placenta encapsulation seemed an intriguing option for dealing with postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders that often accompany the dramatic hormonal shifts that occur after childbirth. Gloria Maria met with me in person to discuss the options. She is very knowledgable, personable and kind. She genuinely seeks to help pregnant women and mothers, and is an advocate for women's health through her work as a doula. As for the placenta pills, they have been invaluable. I have not had postpartum depression this go round, and I believe the pills have helped me. I look forward to the day when placenta encapsulation is common practice for all women following childbirth.

Thank you again!

-Kristin Macleod-Johnson



My husband and I were hesitant to hire a doula, we had already been through one birth together and figured we could do this one alone too. My husband did a great job the first time around, but I felt he and I could use more emotional support. We ended up hiring Gloria Maria, and I think it was the best thing we did. She was such a huge support. She checked in after doctors appointments, and helped me figure out the best choices for me after learning my son was breech. She answered all of my questions. I ended up having an unplanned cesarean birth, I couldn’t have done it without her. She came into the operating room and made sure I understood what was happening while holding my hand. She made sure my husband was supported as well. She took pictures for us so I would have memories of that day, then stayed with me until we were settled in our room. She continued to come to my house for the first couple months. She checked on how I was doing mentally and emotionally and let me take a break from the baby to get a shower, or take my toddler out to play. It was so reassuring knowing someone was going through this with me. In the end, my husband agrees with me, that hiring Gloria Maria was the best thing we did.

Hillary, Travis, Jane & Scott Lamb

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