Postpartum Nervous System Support - by Ashley Hartman Annis

January 1, 2024

Although pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum time can be full of joy and celebration, many people also experience a spectrum of complex emotions and sensations including pain, depression, grief, loneliness, and anxiety. These experiences are especially common when individuals or families have experienced fertility challenges, physically or emotionally hard pregnancy, not having access to care or support that feels appropriate, a difficult or traumatic birth experience, difficulty with breastfeeding, and lack of sleep—but even the most straight forward and empowering experiences can create an upheaval that requires additional care and support. There are so many difficulties that can come up during this transformational time and many individuals and families don’t have the support they really need and deserve.

One way to address these challenges is through nervous system support and regulation. Postpartum Nervous System Support sessions blend full-spectrum doula support with somatic tools like Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) and Somatic Experiencing (SE). These techniques can be useful in processing the intense emotions and experiences (both positive and negative) associated with pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum time. Because of the intense physical and hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, birthing people are often most interested in this kind of support, but anyone who is navigating the challenges of a new baby (partners, grandparents, other family or support persons) are welcome.

The unique aspect of these sessions is their focus on the body and nervous system. While many find solace in sharing their birth stories and talking through their experiences, verbal processing isn't required. For some, the knowledge that they can process these events without verbalizing them to a new person can be immensely comforting.

The impact of these experiences can extend far beyond the immediate postpartum time, sometimes lingering in our bodies for years. This long-lasting effect underscores the importance of Postpartum Nervous System Support for anyone who has given birth and seeks to process and integrate their experiences, regardless of how much time has elapsed since the birth.

The journey of bringing a new life into the world is as challenging as it is rewarding. Recognizing the spectrum of emotions and experiences during this period is essential. By providing holistic support that addresses both physical and emotional needs, Postpartum Nervous System Support sessions offer a valuable resource for individuals navigating this complex and transformative phase of life. This support not only fosters healing and understanding but also helps in building stronger, more resilient families.

To learn more about Postpartum Nervous System Support sessions with Ashley, schedule a free consultation with her today!

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