In most cultures there is a customary, ritualized practice of caring for the new family. Mothers and babies rest and heal, partners bond, and everyone gently transitions to their new roles with the help of their community.
In the U.S. most of us don’t have the luxury of an entire community supporting us. However, at Flourish we strive to bring this level of care and support to our clients, and gladly bring you into our family. We provide in-home care customized to meet your family’s needs. This care can include; postpartum planning, prenatal nesting sessions, newborn care instruction, infant feeding support, light housekeeping, meal prep, errand running, rest solutions for the family, or babywearing instruction. Can be packaged with other services.
Breastfeeding is supposed to come naturally, but many of us have never seen someone nurse — or if a friend or family member did, they may have stories of low supply or sore nipples. Nursing can be difficult and overwhelming to figure out! Kaylen King, Certified Lactation Counselor, offers in-home lactation consults, as well as online or over-the-phone consults. Consultations can be made for prenatal education, supply concerns, latch issues, pumping, and supplementation help.
Overnight Care to get your family through the newborn phase. Newborns have tiny tummies and need to feed often throughout the night. Care is offered in half-night or full-night sessions and may include bedtime routine, infant feeding, diaper changes, and soothing baby. Care is customized for the family with all of your personal goals in mind. Care is gentle, evidence based, and baby-led.
Monitrice is a French word meaning “one who monitors.” A Monitrice is a clinically trained birth professional with medical or midwifery training in maternal-infant health who provides monitoring services in the home, for pregnant persons who plan to labor at home, but deliver in the hospital. When you hire a Monitrice you have the peace of mind of staying home longer before moving to your place of birth, while having the skills to know you and your baby are well. A Monitrice is trained in fetal monitoring, performing internal exams during labor, neonatal resuscitation and breastfeeding and postpartum care. A Monitrice will assess well-being and labor progress and communicate with the family. We reserve our Monitrice care for specific situations like VBAC clients, and those that have risked out of Midwifery care but still desire that level of attention and support.
Placenta encapsulation is the process of preparing the birther’s placenta after the birth of the baby by dehydrating, powdering and placing it into capsules for the birther to use as seen fit. Some benefits may include:
- Increased milk production
- Creating a consistent flow of oxytocin (the bonding and love hormone)
- Helping with mood and prevention of postpartum depression
- Replenishing iron levels – Balancing out postpartum hormones until your body can regulate them on its own
- Warming the body, preventing a stagnation of energy
This sacred medicine that your body creates has been revered for its power, spirit and rich nutrients in cultures across the globe.