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The Relationship Ready Podcast with Heidi B


Sep 24, 2020

Self-Care & Personal Development Postpartum with Ashley Lyon

Having a child is a life-changing event. However, not everyone talks about the struggles that mothers face after pregnancy. In the first weeks after giving birth, mothers need support and guidance to remain mentally healthy during the postpartum period.

In this episode, Ashley Lyon talks about her work as a postpartum doula. She is the founder of Bloom Mama, a community that supports postpartum mothers. Ashley draws from her experiences and self-development journey to share the best practices on navigating the postpartum life.

Listen now to understand how to deal with postpartum struggles and enjoy your time with your baby!

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Learn about the role of doulas in providing maternal care.
  2. Discover the importance of having a community to support you during your postpartum recovery.
  3. What is postpartum depression, and how can mothers deal with it?

Resources

  • Register for a free postpartum one-on-one class every month on the Bloom Mama website.
  • My first book, Relationship Ready: How I Stopped Fucking Randos and Started Cupcaking My Soulmate, is available on Amazon and Audible. Grab your copy now!

Episode Highlights

Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Adjusting was a challenge; eventually, however, Ashley and her toddler learned to cope with the lifestyle changes brought by the pandemic.
  • Her toddler doesn't mind wearing masks, and their family isn't particularly anxious about COVID-19.

The Role of the Doula

  • Doulas provide resources for mothers giving birth.
  • They also facilitate communication between the patients and the doctors.
  • They assist mothers in navigating the options they have during their stay in the hospital.
  • Ashley learned more about the work of a doula from a retreat. It inspired her to pursue doula certification herself.

The Postpartum Doula

  • The main job of a postpartum doula is to provide mothers with physical and emotional support postpartum.
  • They help mothers process their recent experiences, allowing them to follow their intuition.
  • Most mothers feel like they're on their own after the first two weeks, and they need the support of a postpartum doula during this period.

Ashley’s Postpartum Journey

  • Ashley has struggled with anxiety and depression even before she got pregnant, and postpartum depression hit her hard after her son was born.
  • She feared sudden infant death syndrome so much that she felt isolation and paranoia.
  • Talking with other mothers made Ashley realize that many people suffer during the postpartum period when it should be an opportunity for empowerment.
  • While driving to a friend's house one day, Ashley decided she needed to regain control over her postpartum experience.
  • She worked on herself for several years, eventually obtaining her doula certification.

Postpartum Doula Services

  • As a doula, Ashley usually meets with mothers at around 37 weeks of pregnancy.
  • They go over how clients envision the postpartum period, with the doula assisting in specific matters for the next few months.
  • Bloom Mama employs events like yoga and retreats and other self-development tools to build a supportive community of mothers.
  • Ashley's vision is to create a safe place where everyone can rely on each other for support and guidance.

Postpartum Depression

  • Around 600,000 people receive a diagnosis of postpartum depression, underscoring the importance of postpartum care.
  • This condition goes beyond the baby blues because mothers feel an overwhelming sadness and anxiety.
  • Women need to feel validation regarding their postpartum struggles to empower them toward finding solutions.

Postpartum Care Recommendations

  • Self-care methods, such as meditation and incorporating mental health tools, are crucial.
  • Find the time to take breaks.
  • Communicate with family members and friends.
  • Work with a doula to make the transition to postpartum life smoother.
  • Sleep training will become more critical after a few months, when your baby starts to develop a sleep schedule. So focus on this method to get more sleep.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

“Postpartum is an opportunity to feel empowered and to feel like you can really work on yourself. It's this time of transformation.”

“No matter what, during your postpartum, you have to take care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually—in all levels. So you have to make time.”

“You can get through it, and you can work on this if you truly, truly dig deep, and feel the feelings, and give yourself a little grace.”

“Do not compare yourself with anyone because everyone is different. Everyone mothers differently, and every postpartum period looks different.”

“If you're really struggling—or even if you're not really struggling—I would suggest finding a postpartum-specific therapist.”

About Ashley

Ashley Lyon is a yoga teacher, certified postpartum doula, and founder of Bloom Mama. From her experiences as a new mother, she realized how moms lack resources and a community they can call their own. She founded Bloom Mama to inspire mothers toward personal development by creating a community based on support and knowledge-sharing.

Ashley continues to connect and educate mothers during their fourth trimester. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Don’t forget to visit the Bloom Mama website!

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Heidi B