“Mother Roasting is showing up for postpartum women in ways no one else will.” ~The Art of Sacred Postpartum
I’ve been working on something new over the past several months. I’ve got a new title even. I’m now a certified Sacred Postpartum Mother Roaster and am launching a new line of services under the name Seva Shakti Mother Care. Seva means service and Shakti is the divine feminine power. In other words, I take good care of new mamas and treat them like the goddesses they are!
As a newly minted Sacred Postpartum Mother Roaster, I am trained in ancient wise woman traditions of honoring, warming, and nourishing postpartum women as they heal and seal from the rawness of birth. Holding space for women as they close the birth journey and cross the threshold from maiden to mother is a special privilege and I am blessed to able to honor families in this way. Having worked with women in the valley since 2008 as a prenatal yoga teacher and mommy & me yoga teacher, becoming a Mother Roaster seemed a natural extension of the work I’ve already been doing with mothers.
What does that really mean, to be a Mother Roaster? I listen to the birth story and hear how things are really going with the new baby. I serve comforting and nutritive herbal teas and lovingly prepared warming and easily digestible soup. I can offer a handmade flower crown and set up a floral bath which helps a new mama to see herself in the beauty way while symbolically washing away the birth. I help new moms let go of their worst fears in a powerful fire fear release ceremony. Card readings from The Mother Wisdom Deck invite reflection and inspire confidence. As postpartum moms tend to feel cold and stagnant after giving birth I use moxa treatments, v-steams, and a hot stone abdominal press to warm her up again and get the energy flowing. A special sealing ceremony called “Closing of the Bones Sacred Tuck In” brings mom back together physically, energetically, and emotionally. Bengkung belly binding, a Malaysian tradition, provides support to the torso and speeds up the healing process. A mother may choose only a couple of services or she may choose them all. My role is to serve the new mother with loving care and witness her transition into motherhood.
Women may choose to combine Mother Roasting services with private Kundalini Yoga & Meditation sessions for maximum benefit.