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The AfterBirth Plan™ Workshop:
Sunday, January 17, 2016 from 6-8PM
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TLC Midwifery
1122 S Robertson Blvd #17
Los Angeles, CA 90035

Thinking about Postpartum and how to ease a family into parenthood?
Nothing is more primal than FOOD!!!

Food is vital at any stage of life, especially postpartum.  We know that eating healthy, nourishing food can do a lot to improve mom's state of mind, yet there is not a lot of time to devote to food preparation. 

Here are some suggestions to close the postpartum food gap:
  • Plan ahead: the almighty freezer comes in handy.  You can freeze easy to use meals before the birth or put people to work.  Have some recipes ready-to-go and encourage visiting friends or family to assemble a couple of meals and throw them in the freezer before they leave.  This will help weed out the people who came to just ogle the baby vs. the ones that want to ogle as well as be helpful and supportive.
  • Chef Partner: Whether a gourmet chef or not, often times partners are at a loss for how they can be helpful and support of mom.  Navigate your partner towards the kitchen.  Let them know that by feeding and taking care of mom's needs they are doing a lot to help with the family's adjustment.  Also, all those warm fuzzy feelings that will be generated between partners will go a long way to mitigating the discord that usually sets in about now.   
  • Meal Calendar: Set up a schedule where friends and family can bring you meals for the first 2-3 weeks.  This is a win-win situation.  You ensure that healthy food is coming your way with minimal effort on your part and well meaning friends and family know specific ways that can help you and be a part of this blessed event.  Look out for Dr. B's Meal Calendar coming soon on Birth.World.  A baby shower is a wonderful time to put this in place.  It is helpful if one friend wants to take it upon herself to oversee this process and send out some well needed reminder calls.
  • Baby Shower/Casserole Party: Double time your baby shower with a casserole party.  Each attendant could bring one casserole to put in the freezer for after the birth.  An IOU for a meal works too.  Make sure you are upfront about any food preferences or allergies.  Once again it would be helpful to have someone oversee this process to ensure that you are not overwhelmed with any one dish. 

We also have more workshops coming up in the Los Angeles area, along with private workshops available at our Mid-Wilshire location, in-home, or over Skype.

Click here to view our upcoming dates.

If you would like to host an upcoming workshop or suggest a venue in your area, please write to aberlin@doctorberlin.com.