Podcast: The Fourth Trimester

Podcast: The Fourth Trimester

 

Heng and I had the opportunity to talk about The First Forty Days, our best advice for mothers-to-be, and the delights of Ceremonial Hot Chocolate on a new podcast called The Fourth Trimester, hosted by new mom Sarah Trott and her very experienced doula, Esther Gallagher. The podcast offers innumerable episodes dedicated to preparing parents for the transition time to come, so they feel supported, safe, and cared for as they enter their new lives with their child. Check out our episode on itunes or Google Play and browse their back category, too! We had a lot of fun and we’ll be returning to talk about the ways postpartum affects parental relationships (clue: it’s not always rainbows and unicorns, folks!).

Press: F40D in Mothermag.com

Press: F40D in Mothermag.com

It is such a thrill to be featured in the very chic journal mothermag.com! We love that they loved our book, and also featured it as one of their essential gift items for Holiday 2016. They wrote: “The days and weeks following birth are an intense time of transition, learning, rest, and recovery. Both mama and baby are experiencing the fourth trimester, as they learn to go from sharing one body to being two separate beings. The modern mother, especially in the United States, is often not able to take the time or have the proper support to allow her to focus on self-care in the way her body truly needs it. Author Heng Ou, inspired by her own postpartum experience, which followed the traditional Chinese wisdom of zuo yuezi, which translates to “sit the month,” shares how mothers can nurture their physical and mental health in the six weeks following birth in her book The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother. The book, which includes lovely photography and 60 recipes intended to replenish and strengthen post-birth, is broken into seven easy-to-read chapters. A great read, especially during the second half of pregnancy, for both mothers and their partners (or other postpartum support people), The First Forty Days includes pantry and shopping lists to prepare before hand, as well as step-by-step instructions for making everything from bone broth to body salves. It discusses how to approach relationships, setting guidelines for visitors, and asking for help and support from family and friends.” To read the complete review, click here.

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Press: F40D in Pregnancy & Newborn magazine

Press: F40D in Pregnancy & Newborn magazine

Thank you to Pregnancy & Newborn magazine for featuring the The First Forty Days in their September issue, and calling it an “essential guide” for their readers. With its huge nationwide readership taking us beyond the world of doulas, midwives, and natural birthing resources, P&N helps us get the message of maternal self-care to mothers and family members who might otherwise not see it. Here’s to more national features as the wave of interest grows and grows! Click on the image to read.

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