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.
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.