Pregnancy – Postpartum Services & Products



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The journey into becoming a mother is ……….

I leave you to fill in the blank or blanks.  What is important to acknowledge and honour is the healing that all women need during the time after they have welcomed their babies earth side.  To be nurtured, nourished, loved and listened to … to have the space to take the steps that are necessary into becoming a mother.

The space created for you helps your body to heal, your mind to take the steps towards honouring your birth experience and journey.  To feel the loving kindness and care wrap around you like a fluffy blanket so that you may begin the next stage of your journey.  The services are offered by Claire in her role as a trained Mother Roaster.

Postpartum services with Ripple Effect Yoga include the following:

    • massage blends, personal spritzers, teas, & tinctures.
    • support of a doula,
    • ongoing support after you have welcomed your baby earth side,
    • the opportunity to record your birth through a Birth journal and meditation session,
    • an honouring bath & blessing,
    • closing the bones combined with a rebozo massage or a cerrada
    • or using a belly bind to support your postpartum body
  • perhaps even undertaking a sitz bath or yoni steam to support your vagina

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Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers

Looking for a special gift for that lovely couple who are expecting a baby or who have a newborn?
Would they love to receive a bespoke, individualised experience?  Something that will support, nourish and nurture them.  

Purchase a gift voucher towards the following offerings:

  • Empowering Birth,
  • Bespoke Birth Preparation,
  • Pregnancy yoga (group or 1:1),
  • Pregnancy or Postpartum Massage,
  • 1 day Pregnancy yoga retreat
  • Well Woman Happy Baby
  • or a Family Bespoke 1:1 Baby Massage class.    
Gift Voucher



This is what will be sent or can be collected from The Space.

Sacred Ripples Divine Massage Blend

Coconut oil blended with geranium, lavender, bergamot & frankincense.
Divine Massage coconut butter is truly indulgent. Available in 150ml pots
£7.50 per pot




Divine Spritzer

A spritzer blend of pure water, witch hazel, rose water, lavender eo, geranium eo, frankincense eo, bergamot eo and coconut oil – this is for personal use on your body or to be used to spritz your room

Available in 50ml spritzer bottles

£5.50 per bottle plus postage

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Teas
Sweetwater Lactation Tea

Breastfeeding Mothers – would you like to support your milk supply. Ingredients: fenugreek & fennel

£5.00 for approx 20-22 tea bags


Mamas Happy Tea

Fabulous tea for the new mama – any mama actually.

Contains: Alfalfa – balances hormones, revives strength
Cinnamon – stimulates uterus to heal, soothes anxiety / stress
Lady’s Mantle – uterine tonic, relieves after-pains
Motherwort – relieves postpartum cramps,
Nettle – general tonic for exhaustion, feeling overwhelmed
Red Raspberry Leaf – promotes healing & balance
Skullcap – nourishes nervous system, calms & aids sleep
Vervain – soothes baby blues, encourages milk supply

£5.00 for approx 20-22 tea bags

Raspberry Leaf Tea

Contains: Raspberry Leaf, alfalfa, nettles & dandelion.

£5.00 for approx 20 – 22 tea bags

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Tinctures 

Vital Fire After Pains Tincture

Contains: cramp bark, white willow & has been infused in brandy for 6 weeks.
After Pains reduces discomfort associated with postpartum cramping.
Can be consumed 15 – 20 minutes before nursing or as required if painful cramping.

£5.00 per item

Postpartum Depression Tincture
Contains: Motherwort, milky oat tops & has been infused in brandy for 6 weeks

£5.00 per item

Tinctures



Birth Pool Hire in Northamptonshire.

At Ripple Effect we have one pool available for hire to our clients.
a)  Birth Pool in a Box Mini (Professional)

This one:
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Birth Pool in a Box Mini Birth Pool in a Box Regular
Your priorities are:
You have limited space
You have limited hot water capacity
You want to feel envelopped
Your priorities are:
You want your partner to join you
You want a feeling of space
Feature The Mini The Regular
External dimensions 65″ x 57″ – 165 x 145cm 76″ 65″ – 193 x 165cm
Internal dimensions 45″ x 37″ – 114 x 94cm 56″ x 45″ – 142 x 114cm
Internal Height 26″ – 66cm 27″ – 69cm
Depth of Water Min 18″ – 45cm
Max 22″ – 55cm
Min 18″ – 45cm
Max 23″ – 58cm
Rim Width 10″ – 25cm 10″ – 25cm
Inflated Floor 2″ – 5cm 2″ – 5cm
Built-in Seat Yes Yes
Integrated Cup Holder Yes Yes
Disposable Liner not included
liners available separately
Not included
liners available separately
MyAnchor Compatible Yes Yes
Pool Material 0.38mm Eco PVC
Cadmium, Lead and Latex free
Liner Material 0.20mm Eco PVC
Cadmium, Lead and Latex free
Recommended Max Height of Mother 6′ or 182cm no limit
Room for Partner No Yes
Volume of Water (80% Full) 480 litres 650 litres
Weight when Filled 487kg (1,017 lbs) plus mother 659kg (1,450 lbs) plus mother

Ripple Effect Yoga work in association with “Birth pool in a box” to supply this quality product. Ripple Effect Yoga holds no responsibility for the mis-use of the birthing pool leading to accident or injury. Used at your own risk.

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Hire

£75 for 4 weeks from 38 weeks to 42 weeks.

The waterbirth kit comprises everything you will need to inflate, use, fill, and empty your birth pool easily, safely and effortlessly. The quality kit comes with:

An electric pump that will inflate your pool in 5 mins!         
A 15m non toxic hose made to deliver fresh water only; free of nasty chemicals.
A tap connector (round or square) to fit your hose to your mixer tap.
A water pump, perfect to empty your birth pool easily and silently.
A 15m hose to connect to the water pump to empty the pool.
A tarpaulin for the floor

Additional extras:
You will need to supply a thermometer and sieve. These can be purchased cheaply from local supermarkets.  They are not supplied due to reasons of hygiene.

You will also need a liner this can be ordered directly from The Good WaterBirth company using a discount code supplied by Ripple Effect Yoga.  Remember to order the liner for the Birth Pool in a Box Mini … make sure you confirm this with us and with The Good Birth Company.

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We only hire within Northamptonshire … this means that if there are any questions or difficulties we are on hand to pop over to you.  We are contactable and happy to receive calls with regards to the pool and it’s kit.

Booking form

Pool – Instructions

Assembly:

It takes 5 minutes using the electric pump to assemble the Pool.
Use the bigger nozzle that you have on your pump and plug it into the big black valve on the side of your pool.
Inflate until it has a distinct shape then stop and attach liner then continue to inflate until all the wrinkles are gone but make sure you don’t over inflate as it will damage the pool.
You will have plenty of time to add more pressure later if needed.
There is no particular order to inflate the walls or the floor first.
Insert the pool liner.

How deep the water should be for a maximum use of the buoyancy effect?
Regardless how deep a birthing pool is, the water depth should be enough to support you so you can feel the comfort of its buoyancy but it must never be too deep that you feel insecure.
As a general guidance the water should be covering your belly just below breast level. Above you are almost guaranteed to loose your stability when relaxing on your back, making necessary for you to hold strongly on the side of the pool (not very secure and not what you may need during labour). Also too much water depth will reduce greatly your choice of labour positions.
The recommended water level should be between 18” to 20”.
The hose supplied has been processed in a completely different manner and does not contain or release toxins into the water. They are food grade and therefore safe to use for the birth of your baby.

Just connect to your tap connector with the hose end adapter. It should take around 20/30 minutes to fill the pool according to your water flow.

Water temperature

The inflatable birthing pool provides a better insulation than rigid birthing pool and keeps the water warm longer.
The birth environment should always be at least 25-28°C (77-82°F) to ensure the thermal protection of the newborn. In a room at 25°C, the temperature of the water will drop by less than a 1°C per hour. The use of a heat retention cover is not necessary.
The water temperature is controlled by adding or removing hot/cold water.
Kettles of hot water provide a quick way to increase the temperature in the pool should it start to cool off.
Use a thermometer to check that the temperature is correct

Disassembly:

First remove all debris using a tea strainer or net.

Empty the pool either by:
1. Using a bucket; this is the physical option, it takes around 45 to 60 minutes to empty the pool.
2. Create a siphon using your hose pipe; you stick one end of the hose into the pool and the other end into the drain of your choice and out goes the water. For this to work the hose needs to be filled with water and it helps if the drain is lower than the pool. Sounds complicated but it is really easy.
3. Alternatively you can use a submersible water pump to empty your pool faster and effortlessly. (Included in Kit)
Dispose of the liner and any waste.

The clean the pool with Milton solution and allow to dry fully. The upright walls and its compactness make the cleaning and drying very easy, avoiding bacteria to fester in an inaccessible damp space. Make sure the pool is completely dry before you store it back in its bag.

Open the valves on the bottom and sides of the pool.
Slowly and carefully press and fold until all the air is out – close the valves.
Fold the pool and replace in the carrying bag.

Arrange for collection:
Call Claire on 07966288236 to arrange for the pool to be collected after it has been emptied and cleaned.


“Sitz & Spritz”
Pregnancy or Postpartum Sitz Bath

The pregnancy / postpartum sitz bath is a beautiful blend of organic herbs and and it feels absolutely heavenly! This blend helps support the pregnant mama who has hemorrhoids or to pamper and sooth the perineal area after giving birth.  The blend helps recovery, eases any soreness and reduces the likelihood of infection.

To use, simply steep 25g of the blend in 1 litre of hot water.
Allow it to steep, then add to cooler water in a shallow basin or bath.
Then submerge your bottom into the warm water, breathe deeply and relax.

Blend consists of Witchazel, Calendular and Lavender.  This can be purchased in bags of a 100g

4 baths package (100g ≅ 4oz) for £10.00 + £2.00

THIS IS NOT SUITABLE TO USE IMMEDIATELY IF THERE ARE STITCHES.
if there are stitches please advise when ordering and a spritzer will be added that can be used on your pads.

Spritzer – 100ml for £3.50

contains distilled water, witchazel and rose water (for use on pads only)


Sacred Ripples Birth Reflection

The opportunity to sit and discuss your birth journey, to be listened to … to be heard … for your experience to be written down and for you to then add to this as you feel that you can.  Combined with a closing & realignment experience with supportive, nurturing meditations.


Sacred Ripples Bath & Blessing

This ceremony honours and recognises a mother’s strength and selfless sacrifice she went through to birth her child into the world.  Traditionally done after the postpartum healing period, 44 days after delivery choose from one or the other:

  • The Malay bath uses flowers which are said to hold life and possess positive energy that can refresh the mind, body, and soul.
  • Milk & Honey bath is moisturising & soothing … full of yumminess

Yoni Steam 

Yoni steams are an old, respected treatment for women used by traditional healers across the globe to cleanse the uterus. This powerful remedy is known to lessen pain, bloating and exhaustion associated with menstruation. It can also be useful in treating uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness, uterine prolapse, endometriosis, vaginal tears or episiotomy, chronic vaginal/yeast infections, hemorrhoids, and dark purple or brown blood at the onset or end of menses. It is easy to try this ancient wisdom for women’s health at home: simply steep herbs in a basin of hot water, and find a quiet place to relax with the steam below your bottom. Heal and be pampered at once!

This carefully crafted blend includes the highest quality, aromatic, toning and healing herbs available: Oregano, Calendula, Lavender, and Chamomile. All herbs are organic. Specific instructions for use will come with your Yoni Steam package.

3 steam package (approx 100g)  £15.00

We also make bespoke ones that are specific to your needs … we would need to do a case history and then blend the herbs … 3 steam package (approx 100g) £15.00 for the pack
£40 for the case history

To purchase any of the Postpartum services please select from the following:

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Additional Postpartum services offered …

Cerrada

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“Women wishing to give Cerradas to other women must first
receive one themselves”
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– Angelina Martínez Miranda, traditional Mexican midwive.

I recently hosted a hands-on workshop where I was taught by the beautiful, Mayella how to seal the birth and honour the woman’s work during pregnancy and childbirth.

The Cerrada is a traditional Mexican ceremony that Angelina Martínez Miranda, the inheritor of three generations of midwifery wisdom (her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother  who were all traditional midwives, practicing for around 40 years each) has lovingly shared.  The Cerrada combines their wisdom with the many courses she has taken in midwifery and related subjects to keep up-to-date with evidence-based obstetrics to gently support women and men at all stages of their lives …

Why did I want to do this? … I offer a form of closing where I have honoured my clients experiences whatever they may be … however I had never been honoured in this way … I also had this big calling where I felt that I wanted to go back to the roots, to be authentic in what I share with my clients … I have for nearly 18 years remained open … never truly honoured myself by receiving a cerrada … practitioners who I had trained with never honoured the process … to open and then support the closing …

I have to say this experience for me was most profound … releasing so much … and starting the gentle journey of reconnecting and nourishing myself …

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The Cerrada is a truly blissful experience for anyone.

The essence of the cerrada is to release any tension whilst also helping to relieve anxiety, supporting those that feel overwhelmed or over stimulated, anyone suffering from shock or trauma, menstruation problems, fertility or those mamas who are healing during their postnatal period.  It’s something for everyone.

Cerrada is a postpartum healing ceremony, created by a Mexican tradition where the postpartum mother was and is cleansed and then  wrapped.   It helps to nurture the mother after her birth journey into motherhood.  It is a celebration, a setting of sacred space, and a way to nurture mama & baby.

As women go through Childbirth, it is quite an ‘open’ experience.  Everything during labour is about opening, opening physically, emotionally, spiritually but once the baby is born, the body requires sealing or closing that which has been opened and is raw and vulnerable.  Birth is an amazing experience but afterwards that openness can leave us empty.

The ritual can also help “open & close” a new Mother energetically, as both pregnancy, and particularly the intense process of labor and birth, can be very vulnerable times for a woman, psychologically and physically.

TheScreen Shot 2014-09-03 at 23.40.16 Cerrada is for anyone … if you are a mother please connect to discuss when this would be right for you in your postpartum period. However, it is open to all mothers/women at any time that wish to find some closure for themselves.

We are honouring new mothers, we are honouring all women, we honour your journey, we hold your space …. be held, honoured, warmed and loved.   Come and experience your Cerrada.  It will help you to feel safe, quieten your mind and support you to gently re-gather yourself, your energy ….

Cerrada is great for any situation that has been an overwhelming experience. It will help you to feel safe, quieten your mind and allow you to re-gather your energy. You will be able to rest in this peaceful state. The firm hold of the cloth supports you let go and go deep inside.

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Interested .. contact Claire for further information.

£75 per booking per appointment allow 2 – 2.5 hours


Belly binding

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 20.10.45Wrapping the belly is so effective and can be an important part of your postpartum journey.  It naturally aids the body to shrink and recover in a shorter period of time. A belly bind provides your postpartum body with complete support to assist abdominal re-attachment, improve your posture, stabilise your loosened ligaments, and provide support to your torso while vital organs return to their pre-pregnancy size and position.

During pregnancy the body retains water, fat, and air which may cause your body to swell and expand. This also includes the organs in the womb area such as the cervix and vagina to also expand and enlarge. The water retained by cells supported the amniotic fluid and the purpose of the air was to cushion your baby, your internal organs, and bones as your centre of gravity shifted and your baby grew. When your baby was born, the excess water, fat, and flatulence are no longer needed and the cells will naturally release and shrink back to their pre-pregnant size. 

A postpartum belly bind is a holistic support tool for your abdominal and pelvic organs, including the muscles in the pelvic area. It’s vital that the pelvic floor is supported in the postpartum period.

The belly bind begins level with the public bone and wraps around the hips & ends below the breastbone … see the attached video links.  It provide the cervix, pelvic floor and internal organs with complete support.  The body starts to gently close.

The belly bind is most effective and best used during the first 8 weeks postpartum but can be useful for support any time after childbirth.

For vaginal births including instrumental deliveries … the bind can be used from 48 hours onwards but probably from 4 or 5 days post birth

For c-section births from 4 – 6 weeks onwards …
Please bear in mind that a bind can take between 7-14 days to be made … if you order at least 2 weeks before your due date … 
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Your package:

Belly bind – hemmed cotton that has a roll hem along the sides and possible joins through the bind
1 x bind
2 x protective layers
1 x layer – you may want to sew some ties to this
1 x paste (in dry form) includes nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, cloves, ginger, cardamon, cumin, kaffir lime leaves  

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Instructions:
A fragrant blend of warm spices

Used with your favorite carrier oil (not included,) this paste generates warmth by increasing blood flow and can aid with:

• Menstrual cramping
• Healing after childbirth or surgery
• Lower back pain

This container includes a mixture of spices.  Please check enclosed card in your packaging. 

2 x layers to help protect your clothes from becoming stained by the paste. These are upcycled bambino mio reusables that can be machine washed (do not use softner) . 

Directions

Remove a small amount of spice, no more than 2 x teaspoons. 

Add to a small bowl and mix with your favorite carrier oil until a paste is formed. 

Wear gloves and apply with hands or apply with the back of a spoon … 

Rub the paste on your lower abdomen, just over your uterus, or on your lower back to help relieve back pain. 

Cover with one of the layers or clear plastic wrap.

THE PASTE WILL STAIN YOUR BELLY BIND, CLOTHES AND SKIN! Please be sure to cover it up.

Use your Belly Bind as usual. 

The mixture should have enough for at least 24 applications. Smaller amounts of spices will yield more applications.  

Wear herb paste for 2-3 hours, rinse or wash area then rewrap. (this is optional).

Wearing the bind

The belly bind can be worn for a few hours or can be worn all day. Use your discretion.

While it is traditionally worn every day for 40 days during the confinement period of women in the East, we see great results from women wearing it 6-8 hours each day for 2-3 weeks.

C-sectiona mamas …. You will need to wait 4-6 weeks to begin, allowing time for your incision to heal.

See video links below …

Caution

For external use only.

This paste is a special blend of spices to support the postpartum mama please patch test to make sure that you do not have any reactions.

This combination of spices will temporarily stain your skin.

How to belly bind:  

These are a selection of videos / resources that you may find useful … 

they do them over clothing but remember that you are doing this directly onto your skin with the protective layer in … 

https://youtu.be/x6zzGi6TuDs very good 

https://youtu.be/iLSwDdDhPzs – another good one … 

Care of your belly bind:

They can be washed but will need to be ironed … there are approximately 14-15 metres  of material … the latest stock of binds have a roll hem along the sides.  

Any questions?

Always here to answer questions.
Feel free to email me and we can arrange a Skype or FaceTime connection so that I can see what you are doing … when you receive your package there will be a password protected client area where there are additional resources to support you … 

Why a belly bind and not just some support pants?

It supports and gently pulls the separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) back together

It encourages healing from pelvic/pubic separation (a partial bind during pregnancy can be especially beneficial for pelvic support).  Please ask if you would like to know more.

It supports relaxed and untoned abdominal muscles.

It reduces fluid and air retention in your bowels/abdomen.

It nurtures the mother in a time of vulnerability and healing and she regains confidence in her body.

It may prevent back pain. While wearing it, you are reminded to sit and walk straight, thus avoiding any uncomfortable positions.

It may decrease postpartum bleeding time by helping the body to expedite the process.

In the sadness of a miscarriage or still-birth, belly binding can support the mama and improve emotional healing as it speeds physical healing.

Each time you choose to use your belly bind it is custom fit to your body, not a one size fits all.

Your bind will start at the pubic bone and end on the top of your rib cage, just below your breast. Postpartum girdles that only bind the abdomen also push down on the pelvic floor muscles and organs, potentially causing or worsening pelvic, uterine, or bladder prolapse.
The belly bind supports the ongoing changes in your postpartum body giving you a custom fit.


Usually kits are dispatched within 7 – 14 days of order. 

An email will be sent as your package is dispatched along with information for a password client area.

KIT 1 Option:  £50.00 for the kit includes postage for a plain bind.

UK postage option:    http://paypal.me/RippleEffectYoga/55.50

Europe postage option:  http://paypal.me/RippleEffectYoga/60.50

Local Clients

If you are local Northamptonshire … I offer a Belly binding service
Belly binding – £250.00 for belly bind, warming paste, and 10 re-wraps done in the comfort of your own home. Depending on your location mileage may be additional.  Please enquire.

Please note that the kits do not include any home visits.
Just the kit as described above.

Examples of other binds we have created …


BOOKINGS

Each of the services can be booked individually or as a package (please ask to discuss how this can be created into an affordable package).

Postpartum Doula services – £15.00 per hour minimum booking is 10 hours

Ongoing support after you have welcomed your baby earth side – FREE 6 weeks telephone & email support included in classes & support packages

For further information please message
via the Further Information page.

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