Mother Matters
Skin to Skin
childbirth, breastfeeding, mothering, postpartum

Skin to Skin

Skin to Skin by Lenore Kilmartin It surprised me to see the intensity of labour my birth client was experiencing.  She seemed to have skipped early labour altogether and moved quickly into the active phase.  Her young body was responding beautifully to contractions.  She was 19 ...

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New Mothers are Vulnerable
postpartum, mothering

New Mothers are Vulnerable

New mothers are vulnerable... by Lenore Kilmartin They are tired, recovering from birth, learning about their babies.   They are being stretched personally and emotionally in ways they could not have imagined before becoming mothers. So why do family and friends think that ...

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Postpartum Help
postpartum

Postpartum Help

Postpartum Help by Lenore Kilmartin When I think back to my youngest child's birth, and the postpartum period that followed, I remember Marcia. Marcia was a postpartum doula.  My mother gave me Marcia's help as a gift and I loved every minute of her time with our family.   My ...

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Postpartum Intimacy
sleep, mothering, postpartum

Postpartum Intimacy

Postpartum Intimacy... by Lenore Kilmartin Recently, I was teaching a class to new parents, helping them to understand the benefits of sharing sleep with their babies; benefits such as enhanced attachment, better sleep for the whole family, improved breastfeeding. I knew it would happen at ...

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Judgment
mothering, postpartum

Judgment

You're up before the birds start singing, baby bright-eyed and ready to begin the day.   It's been a rough night...frequent feedings and disturbed sleep.  The hours loom ahead.  You absolutely love this little bundle of baby but sometimes it's lonely.   Days seem ...

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The Baby-Moon
postpartum

The Baby-Moon

The Baby-Moon by Lenore Kilmartin Finally...you are home with your new baby.   You have given birth and now the important task of getting to know your baby is at hand.  You are exhilarated but tired, excited but slightly anxious.  How will you manage?  Will you ...

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Postpartum Reality
breastfeeding, mothering, postpartum

Postpartum Reality

Postpartum Reality by Lenore Kilmartin How can any first-time mother possibly know what the postpartum period will be like?  There really is no way to mentally prepare for the change a new baby brings.   No book, no class, no friend can truly describe the reality of life with a ...

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