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Discussions With a Midwife: A Postpartum Checklist for Creating Your Postpartum Care Plan



Pregnant mother creating a heart with her hands on her pregnant belly

In the whirlwind of anticipation that surrounds pregnancy, it's all too easy to focus solely on the momentous event of giving birth. The excitement of meeting your little one for the first time, the flurry of preparations for the nursery, the baby showers overflowing with love and well-wishes—these are the moments that often take center stage in the journey to motherhood.


New mother holding her newborn baby in the postpartum season

But what about the postpartum season?


In a culture that often glorifies pregnancy and birth while overlooking the profound changes that occur in the weeks and months following delivery, it's crucial that we shine a spotlight on this transformative period in a mother's life. From the physical demands of recovery to the emotional rollercoaster of adjusting to life with a newborn, the postpartum season is a time of immense change and growth—a time that deserves our attention, our care, and our reverence.


That's where the concept of intentional preparation comes in.


I recently had the privilege of sitting down with Jennifer Hoeprich, founder of Magical Mamas and a Licensed and Certified Professional Midwife with a wealth of experience in perinatal primary care. Together, we delved into the heart of what it means to embrace motherhood with intention, focusing specifically on the often overlooked postpartum season.

Jen's deep understanding of the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of childbirth and motherhood shines through as she shares her insights into the importance of intentional preparation for the postpartum journey. From creating supportive communities to incorporating the power of ritual into everyday life, Jen offers invaluable guidance for mothers-to-be and practitioners alike.


But why is intentional preparation so crucial?


Imagine this: You've just given birth to your beautiful baby, and the reality of motherhood has begun to sink in. Your body is tired and sore, your emotions are running high, and the enormity of the responsibility before you is both exhilarating and overwhelming. In this moment, having a support system in place—a network of friends, family, and healthcare providers who understand your needs and can offer guidance and assistance—is absolutely invaluable.


And then there's the power of ritual.


In a world that often feels chaotic and overwhelming, incorporating ritual into our daily lives can offer a sense of grounding, connection, and meaning. Whether it's lighting a candle to mark the end of the day, taking a few moments to meditate and center yourself, or gathering with loved ones to share a meal and offer support, ritual has the power to nourish the soul and remind us of the sacredness of the everyday.


By approaching the postpartum season with intention and ritual, we can create a space of love, healing, and transformation—a space where mothers can nurture themselves and their newborns, where communities can come together to offer support and encouragement, and where the journey of motherhood can unfold with grace and joy.


So, as you prepare for the arrival of your little one, I invite you to consider the importance of intentional preparation for the postpartum season. Whether you're a soon-to-be mom, a seasoned practitioner, or someone who simply wants to deepen your understanding of the transformative journey of motherhood, embracing this sacred time with intention can truly make all the difference.


And to help you on your journey, I've created a FREE Postpartum Checklist that goes beyond the usual to-do lists and focuses on preparing emotionally and relationally for the postpartum season. From building your support network to incorporating self-care rituals into your daily routine, this checklist will guide you through the essential steps to ensure a smooth and supported transition into motherhood.

Download your free Postpartum Checklist today and take the first step toward embracing motherhood with intention.




And to delve deeper into this topic, I highly encourage you to listen to the latest episode of the Empower 2 Heal Podcast, where Jen and I discuss the importance of intentional preparation for the postpartum season and share valuable insights and practical tips to support you on your journey.


Don't miss out on this opportunity to gain valuable wisdom and guidance as you prepare to embrace motherhood with intention.


Warmest wishes,


Dena Tibsherany

LMSW, PMH-C

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