being held in my postpartum
"When mothers are well, the world will be well"
How a mother is cared for in the postpartum has effects that will endure & ripple out through the rest of her life. They say it takes a village to raise a child. Yes, and when it comes to welcoming a new baby, what is even closer to the truth is that it takes a village to surround the mother & new family with the love & real support they need to be able to experience the healing, bonding, & magic of the early postpartum time.
That is why you are here. And from the deepest parts of my being, thank you for coming this far. I truly believe we are in a time of relearning & remembering the simply & yet profound cultural practices surrounding the birth of a new child - all against the backdrop of our modern, nuclear family landscape. And right now, in this very exchange, we are creating new pathways for the community support that will carry me through the rite of passage of birth & postpartum, so that I may rise once more into an expanded, exalted version of myself to continue to serve our community.
In earnest & deep receptivity, I ask for any support you can provide, so I can recover from childbirth & adjust to round the clock breastfeeding & the physical dependency of a newborn, so Nate doesn't get worn thin making sure I receive enough rest, and so Era has parents who can be emotionally present to his needs too.
We are asking for support in the following ways:
Contribute financially to our postpartum doula fund. We are hiring our dear friend Riley to serve the role that would normally be shared by aunties, grannies, friends, & relations. Riley will be coming into our home to help with housework, meal prep, loving on Era, emotionally supporting Nate & I, and overall helping us keep our heads above water. To contribute: etransfer me: email@example.com with the note: postpartum. Her rate is $30/hr. - every hour with her support will be worth so much more than that to us.
If you're local to Saskatoon - be a part of our meal train. Food is my love language, and we all feel SO loved & cared for when we receive nourishment from our friends and family. Click below for all the info on how, when, & where.
Come & visit! When Era was born, we were quite isolated & insular, & while that was its own experience, we now want to welcome more of our kindred into the intimate portal of postpartum. That being said, here are some ways that our time together can be life-giving & not depleting for us.
Above all, honour the motherbaby - we are one energetic unit & share a nervous system. And in the postpartum, we are the centre around which everything else spins. Orient to us by following my lead.
When you come over, expect some version of a hot mess. Fully step into it - the beautifully imperfect humanity of it all.
Don't make us "host." If you want tea or coffee, make it...chances are we probably want some too. And on that note, bring yummy snacks. For a new mama, a tired dad, & their active toddler, snacks = life.
Don't come if you're sick or have been near anyone who is sick, & for the love of goddess, wash your hands & don't kiss the baby.
Ask us what we need to feel supported: we may ask for you to pick something up on your way over, do the dishes or sweep the floor, or take the garbage on the way out. It doesn't have to be awkward - it is a beautiful act of service & gesture of pure love & remembering that we need each other.
I do not want to be away from my baby for long & vice versa. I may not offer for you to hold the baby. Please don't ask me, I will offer if I want to.
If I don't respond to messages or have to cancel our plans last minute, or multiple times - thank you for your patience.
The apothecary will be closed while our family reconstellates itself around another little love and I focus on deep nourishment and replenishment during the postpartum time. The apothecary wares will remain visible below so you can access the product information. See you around the bend in summer 2023.
As an extra thank you, I'll include a free 60ml Western Red Cedar
Body Oil for all orders over $120.
be held by her
My confidence as a herbalist comes from my connection to the plants. Really, I am only a conduit for their medicine + their teachings of how to be embodied on Earth; resonant, vibrant, resilient, connected, & at ease. Our story as humans in intimately woven with the plants. This is relational healing; a conversation between plant & person, as old as time itself. I am merely the translator while you learn to understand for yourself what the plants are saying to you.
I’ve always been most drawn to the plants I’m in direct relationship with. Through growing + harvesting the herbs I use in my own practice, I know that any remedy I create comes full circle. Every tea or elixir or remedy redeposits me into the days I've spent with that medicine in its living plant form - the quality of light through the trees, the biophony, & the feeling of my hands reaching into the soil, tenderly caressing the stem, peeling the bark, or plucking the flower.
It’s all there in the remedy - alchemized through my own magic paired with honourable relationship, & good intention to facilitate the potent medicines these plants so generously offer us.
- Kjelti Anderson
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work with me
let me walk with you awhile.
i'll meet you where you are. we can continue from there.
i want you to feel alive, attuned, connected, & embodied.
and i can help you find a way from where you are now,
to where you want to be.
customized herbal medicines, nutritional support,
intuitive guidance, space holding. i'm here.
I look forward to returning to my one on one practice after a potent & restorative postpartum
time following the birth of our second child. I will re-open my practice in early summer 2023.