Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Ayurveda?
A: Ayurveda is an ancient system of natural healthcare that focuses on bringing balance to mind, body and spirit that has been used in India for more than 5,000 years. Ayurveda means life science (Ayur = life, Veda = science) and emphasizes good health, prevention, and treatment of illness through lifestyle practices and the use of herbal remedies based on each individual person's specific body type or "dosha". Ayurveda is holistic, which means it views the body and mind as a whole.
Q: What is a Doula?
A:"A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother before, during, and after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible."
Q: Why is AyurDoula care important?
A: Ayurveda is focused on nurturing new parents in the specific ways they need as they recover from the transformation of pregnancy and birth. AyurDoula care is very much a "mama centered" practice, which means if mama is well nourished & taken care of then this directly effects the wellbeing of her baby! By utilizing the 4 Pillars of Ayurvedic Postpartum Care, this allows mama & baby a deeper bonding experience, relaxation, rejuvenation, optimal healing and the potential to prevent certain postpartum ailments such as colic, depression, anxiety and overwhelm. In many countries this is the standard for postpartum care, whereas in the Western world, we see this as a "luxury" and not a necessity.
Q: What is full spectrum doula care?
A: Full spectrum doula care involves bringing the doula model of care to any pregnancy discourse and outcome, including miscarriage, planned abortion or medical termination, stillbirth, surrogacy or adoption. A full spectrum doula acknowledges that those who have had past traumatic experiences regarding pregnancy and childbirth carry those experiences with them, and they will ultimately have a different experience of pregnancy than many might expect. I provide support for any situation, unexpected or otherwise. I believe that every pregnant woman and human deserves dignity, respect, and support. My work is not just in childbirth, but covers the entire spectrum of pregnancy outcomes.
Q: Who can benefit from AyurDoula care?
A: Any birthing person, regardless of pregnancy outcome, as well as all LGBTQ & families seeking nourishment either postpartum, post surrogacy or post adoption.
Q: Why 42 days?
A: "Birth is an initiation every time a new child is born. The first 42 days after giving birth are a sacred window in a woman's life where her heart is open to a new depth & her being is set toward unconditional love and service to her newborn. This creates an opening through which she is given the rare opportunity to completely recreate herself and her life. She can heal her body, mind & spirit from before she was even pregnant and she gets to lay the foundation of her next 42 years of life! Everything that happens to the mother - everything she eats, her environment, even the interactions she has - sets the stage for what her next 42 years will look like."
-Sarva Blackwell (Inner Sun & Moon)
Q: Where are you located?
A: I provide in-home AyurDoula support to mamas and families in the the Boulder and Denver areas, as well as long-distance support for anyone seeking Ayurvedic postpartum care.
Q: What are your credentials?
A: I am a certified Ayurvedic Postpartum Care Specialist, a Holistic Nutritionist, RYT 200, and hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science & Kinesiology. I love weaving each of these into my practice as a postpartum doula!
Q: Why is your pricing higher than a Western care specialist?
A: Our prices reflect the attention to detail that goes into each client's experience, while creating a beautiful and sacred ceremonial space for healing and rejuvenation to occur. I only accept a select amount of clients at one time to ensure that each mama gets the experience that she deserves!
Abhyanga - is a form of Ayurvedic medicine that involves massage of the body with dosha-specific warm herbal infused oil. Abhyanga can be provided by a trained practitioner, however, for the postpartum mamas that I work with, we teach self Abhyanga to implement as a part of your daily routine for 42 days and even into the rest of your life. Some of the benefits of this daily ritual are: increased circulation, toning of the muscles and the whole physiology, calming for the nerves, lubrication of the joints, increased mental alertness, improved elimination of impurities from the body, softer/smoother skin, increased levels of stamina throughout the day, better/deeper sleep
Dosha - According to Ayurveda, there are five different elements that form the foundation of all matter, including your body and mind. Though each person’s specific mix of elements is individualized, there are still predictable elemental combinations that have come be known simply as the doshas. The three main doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) express in a person’s body, emotions, mind, and intellect in varying ways. By understanding your primary dosha, you can gain valuable insight into the best ways to utilize your natural strengths and enhance well-being on every level. Take our quiz here to find out what your dosha is!
Dinacharya - or the tradition also known as "daily routine", is one of the single most powerful Ayurvedic tools for improving overall health and well-being.