The 5 Pillars of Postpartum

What is Postpartum?

Postpartum has been put into many boxes.

Some say it’s the first 6 weeks after giving birth.

Some define it as the time before an “all clear” to have sex or exercise again after birth.

Some say it’s the duration of a maternity leave which, in the United States, has an average of 12 weeks.

The Journal of Prenatal Medicine names 3 phases of Postpartum, recognizing the period as 6 months.

When looking at birth and postpartum related fatalities, there is a 1 year time frame recognized.

Some conversations are pushing for acceptance of two years.

Regardless of how you define Postpartum, the point remains the same: WE NEED TO SUPPORT MOMS BETTER.

The Gap

In America, women typically are seen by medical providers directly after birth and then again between 4-8 weeks after birth. Sometimes they are involved with a lactation specialist, postpartum doula, or other specialist. At times, when tipped off by a postpartum screening survey, they may be involved with a mental health resources such as medication or therapy. However, overall, there is a large gap between what is expected of women in this period and what resources and support is provided to them.

Add in the pressure and pictures of social media and a new mom is often feeling like she’s failing.

The 5 Pillars

Through my market research, coaching and personal experience, I have named The 5 Pillars of Postpartum. These serve as recognition of the areas moms need support in order to have a strong foundation in postpartum and throughout motherhood. These 5 Pillars will be discussed in future posts, but here is a preview for you. If you are interested in having group or personal coaching through your own postpartum experience, click here and put “Guide me through the pillars” as the subject.

The 5 Pillars of Postpartum: Mental, Emotional, Relational, Physical, Personal

The 5 Pillars of Postpartum: Mental, Emotional, Relational, Physical, Personal