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The Wellbeing Room - Episode #16

A podcast by Leah from The Centre of Ki

Episode 16: Reclaiming the Restorative Customs of Postnatal Recovery with Sophie Messager - Doula, Healer Perinatal Educator

In this episode, I interview Dr Sophie Messager, a biology research scientist who left her career behind to dedicate herself to the profession of doula and perinatal educator. Since 2010, Sophie has supported over a thousand families and trained well over 1000 birth workers in various workshops and online trainings. She is also a doula mentor and has taught doula preparation courses in 2018 and 2019. More recently she has written a thoroughly researched book titled Why Postnatal Recover Matters. This book, along with her online course of the same title, has helped women around the world prepare themselves for a postnatal recovery that is supportive and nourishing. In this podcast, she shares her insights and wisdom with us, including:

  • the catalyst that led her to change careers and become a doula

  • insights into the cultural background of postnatal recovery and why we need to reclaim these customs

  • an explanation of the four pillars of postnatal recovery and why they are important

  • the benefits of body work after birth and why wrapping is an excellent support for postnatal recovery

  • why a postnatal recovery plan is essential, and even more so in the aftermath of stillbirth or miscarriage

  • the role of the doula during birth and recovery

  • the one big thing that has helped her improve wellness and get more out of life.

You can connect with Sophie at her website:

Her book, Why Postnatal Recovery Matters is available on Amazon and Kindle.

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