Sep 24, 2020
Self-Care & Personal Development Postpartum with
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
Here are three reasons why you should listen to the
about the role of doulas in providing maternal care.
- Discover the importance of having a community
to support you during your postpartum recovery.
is postpartum depression, and how can mothers deal with
- Register for a free postpartum one-on-one class
every month on the Bloom Mama website.
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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.
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
also facilitate communication between the patients and the
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
The Postpartum Doula
main job of a postpartum doula is to provide mothers with physical
and emotional support postpartum.
help mothers process their recent experiences, allowing them to
follow their intuition.
mothers feel like they're on their own after the first two weeks,
and they need the support of a postpartum doula during this
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.
feared sudden infant death syndrome so much that she felt isolation
- Talking with other mothers made Ashley realize
that many people suffer during the postpartum period when it should
be an opportunity for empowerment.
driving to a friend's house one day, Ashley decided she needed to
regain control over her postpartum experience.
worked on herself for several years, eventually obtaining her doula
Postpartum Doula Services
- As a
doula, Ashley usually meets with mothers at around 37 weeks of
go over how clients envision the postpartum period, with the doula
assisting in specific matters for the next few months.
Mama employs events like yoga and retreats and other
self-development tools to build a supportive community of
- Ashley's vision is to create a safe place where
everyone can rely on each other for support and
- Around 600,000 people receive a diagnosis of
postpartum depression, underscoring the importance of postpartum
condition goes beyond the baby blues because mothers feel an
overwhelming sadness and anxiety.
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.
the time to take breaks.
- Communicate with family members and
with a doula to make the transition to postpartum life
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
“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
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
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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