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About Postnatal Support Network

The Postnatal Support Network (PSN) addresses the importance of a well-prepared and relaxing 40-day postnatal period. It is an international organisation with a non-medical and social network, informing families-to-be about this special and delicate time after birth. PSN coordinates the demand and response of trained support. It provides training for those interested in becoming postnatal ‘helpers’ – carers who can give holistic support during the postnatal period. The network also functions as a platform for sharing personal birth stories. Our network does not replace the need and care for professional medical psychological help.

Our work is based on three pillars:

Postnatal Support Network is partly made possible by the Yogi Tea Foundation.

    Education
    • Raising awareness within families about the relevance and impact of 40 days rest and bonding for mother, baby, families and societies.
    • Raising awareness of potential PN sevadars about the essence and relevance of selfless service.
    • Raising awareness of birth professionals about the necessity and impact of help during the 40 days; the need to prepare families for well organised 40 days PN period suiting their personal needs.
    Empowerment
    • Providing families information and practical tools to organise their 40 day PN time tailored to their personal needs.
    • Set up extensive international training program for PN sevadars amongst 3HO family and beyond. The training gives theoretical and practical knowledge of why and how to serve the mother and family.
    • Creating communication platforms with national PSN coordinators networking with (local) birth professionals and sharing Knowledge and information.
    Exchange

    Providing a platform for the offering & requests for support between families and PSN sevadars via a web based service. The website will have an online tool with rich sources of information, guidelines, a forum and extra training for the sevadar.

    Background

    With a growing interest and offering of birth and postpartum trainings, teachers and initiatives, we realise it is important to be very transparent about our background and resources for postnatal support. Our work is deeply rooted in the Kundalini yoga teachings from Yogi Bhajan. He re-introduced the concept and support techniques of the Ayurvedic ‘Sacred window’ in the community that started in the late 1970’s in the US and later Europe.

    Our organizations initiators Satya Kaur and Gurujagat Kaur where part of the first group of students who received and gave help during the first weeks after labor. Many years and study on women health later, they joined together to initiate this network.

    Our principle of holistic, non-medical support for mothers is not exclusively derived from the Kundalini Yoga tradition. Many traditions include a form of exclusion from daily activities with community support during the first weeks after birth. Our knowledge of healing foods, conscious attitude and communication, together with other healing techniques is inspired by many spiritual teachings, thinkers, birth professionals and mostly by mothers. We acknowledge other traditions and are thankful for their initiatives. We trust that our Network will inspire a bigger movement towards happy mothers, fathers, children and societies.

    To become a member of our network, you do not need to be trained on postnatal care. We are an open platform for people who feel strongly about supporting mothers and families. Please join us today, for €2 per month.

    We are also a network for Postnatal Trained and Professional carer – no matter whether trained by us or by others – and we aim at connecting families in search of Postnatal carer with them. In our Directory you find a list of Postnatal Trained and Professional carer who are part of our Network.

    Board Members

    Gurujagat Kaur

    Gurujagat Kaur

    Co-Founder and Board member

    (based in France)

    Ingrid Bal / Charankamal Kaur

    Ingrid Bal / Charankamal Kaur

    Chair of the Board

    (based in the Netherlands)

    Satya Kaur

    Satya Kaur

    Co-Founder and Board member

    (based in Portugal)

    Beant Devi Kaur

    Beant Devi Kaur

    Managing Director

    (based in France)

    Simona Giancola

    Simona Giancola

    Board Member

    (based in the Netherlands)

    Agnieszka Bera

    Agnieszka Bera

    International Coordinator

    (based in Denmark)

    Elsa Martineau

    Elsa Martineau

    Board Secretary

    (based in France)

    Gita Depardieau

    Gita Depardieau

    Board Vice-Secretary

    (based in the Netherlands)

    Eng Que

    Eng Que

    Treasurer

    (based in the Netherlands)

    International Trainers

    Gurujagat Kaur

    Gurujagat Kaur

    Co-Founder and Board member

    (based in France)

    Ingrid Bal / Charankamal Kaur

    Ingrid Bal / Charankamal Kaur

    Chair of the Board

    (based in the Netherlands)

    Satya Kaur

    Satya Kaur

    Co-Founder and Board member

    (based in Portugal)

    Country coordinators

    Yanitsa Karamarkova

    Yanitsa Karamarkova

    Coordinator for Bulgaria

    www.moiatadula.com 

    I am a mother of 2 and also birth and post-partum doula, lactation consultant, yoni steam facilitator for birth and post-partum, currently certifying as childbirth educator and part of Association of Bulgarian doulas. I’m very passionate about women’s journey to motherhood, my own mission is to help them have their empowered birth. I support women and their partners during pregnancy through birth and into their post-partum period.

    Vesela Genadieva

    Vesela Genadieva

    Coordinator for Bulgaria

    vessy@positivepostpartum.eu

    http://www.positivepostpartum.eu/

    Hello, my name is Vessy, and I am a mother of 2 boys. I am passionate about maternal wellness during pregnancy, labour and post-partum. I am a birth and post-partum doula, lactation consultant, and currently certifying as a Birth Healing Expert. I am also part of the Association of Bulgarian doulas. My deep desire is to support mothers and help them create a new culture that allows them to thrive and self-actualize during post-partum.

    Sofiya Henrietta Angelina Bonde

    Sofiya Henrietta Angelina Bonde

    Coordinator for Denmark

    www.sofiyahenrietta.com

    Kundalini yoga teacher for pregnancy and post-partum, doula,
    anthropologist, mother and bonus mother. As my own mother passed away
    only two weeks before I found out I was pregnant, I have experienced on
    first hand the importance of having care and support during pregnancy,
    labour and post-partum. As a doula, my ultimate purpose is to provide
    care and support for the woman and her partner in this transformational
    time and guide her towards her own inner power and knowledge.

    Elsa Martineau

    Elsa Martineau

    Coordinator for France

    elsayogadoula@gmail.com
    maternerlamere@gmail.com
    Based in Montpellier, my roots are from the north of France.
    I started my journey into motherhood in 2012, giving birth to my son and to the woman I am today. It was a tremendous shock and the lack of support brought me into the interest to inform, support, share knowledge.
    I became a full spectrum yoga doula early 2018 and started my role as coordinator at the end of that same year. Passionate into bringing the new paradigm of Mothering the mother into normal, I am full of gratitude to serve.

    Solène Bourgeois

    Solène Bourgeois

    Coordinator for France

    soleneyoga@gmail.com
    soleneyoga.fr
    oga teacher, prenatal and postnatal yoga, doula, massage therapist,
    coach and women circles facilitator. Solène trained at the
    yoga-doula.eu, as well as PSN. She cares for the flourishing of
    empowered mothers and conscious couples by informing and co-creating
    better experiences during pregnancy, delivery and post-natal period. Her
    love of singing Mantras brings some nice melodies to the ears of futur
    babies!

    Agnieszka Bera

    Agnieszka Bera

    International Coordinator

    info@shaktidoula.dk
    www.shaktidoula.dk

    Kundalini yoga teacher, pregnancy and postnatal yoga
    teacher, doula and mother. She works for women and couples, preparing them for a conscious pregnancy and childbirth and post-partum time.

    Ingrid Bal / Charankamal Kaur

    Ingrid Bal / Charankamal Kaur

    Coordinator for Netherlands

    charankamalkaur@ingrid.bal.com  www.ingridbal.com 

    Kundalini yoga teacher, post-natal doula, PSN trainer and coordinator in the Netherlands. She gives training in post-partum care and yoga teacher training. Her experience and skills have been formed by being a mother of two boys, a yoga teacher and previously work as director of PSN. She is also a very passionate gardener.

    Mónica Santos

    Mónica Santos

    Coordinator for Portugal

    monicaaum@gmail.com

    Ever since she was a child, Art has surrounded her life: Music, Yoga and Ayurveda, arts and crafts. When her first boy chose her to be his mother, she discovered a new path: to serve and support new mothers and their families, especially during the post-partum period. Through active listening, her hands and warmth, gifts of foods and herbs, she holds space for the mothers to be.

    Amina Merabet

    Amina Merabet

    Coordinator for Spain

    www.madre-selva.com
    amina@madre-selva.com

    Mother, Doula, Lactation
    Consultant, Body and Systemic Therapist, Red Tents, Women’s Circles facilitator, Obsidian Yoni Egg Guide. Gratitude was the energy that I felt after had been supported in my second motherhood. So, I want to be involved and do my best to make other women to experience what it is like to be fully supported and nourished after childbirth.

    Catherine Tuchschmid

    Catherine Tuchschmid

    Coordinator for Switzerland

    catherine@gaiaom.ch
    As a yoga teacher, yoga-doula and massage therapist, trained in postnatal support, Catherine is happy to offer her presence and support to mothers and couples during this beautiful and intense period of becoming and being a parent, and to accompany them in welcoming their child on our planet Earth. Catherine lives Vucherens, a small village between Lausanne and Moudon. She is the mother of a 9-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy.

    Magalie Beantpal Kaur

    Magalie Beantpal Kaur

    Coordinator for Switzerland

    info@beantpal.ch 
    www.beantpal.ch 
    I am Swiss, living in a small village near Geneva. I am the mother of a 3-year old boy and the wife of a Colombian man. I spend most of my energy for our family and now I am opening more space for teaching Kundalini Yoga, offering Doula services, teaching women about menstrual cycles and being involved in PSN as a coordinator. Being part of PSN makes sense to me and fills my soul. I hope the Swiss network will grow as flowers with lots of colours!

    Patsy Gormley-Steele / Sat Prakash Kaur

    Patsy Gormley-Steele / Sat Prakash Kaur

    Coordinator for UK

    satprakashk@gmail.com

    Sat Prakash (Patsy Gormley-Steele) is the third eldest of nine siblings and growing up in London was a family effort with grandparents living next door who played an important role in raising the younger family members. This naturally continued on into her own adulthood as she continued to support sisters in raising their children including household jobs like cooking and cleaning. After training as a Kundalini
    Yoga teacher in 2008, she was blessed to train with Satya Kaur on ‘The Mothers Journey’ and was invited to join the Post Natal Support Network in supporting women during their first 40-day journey as a mother. She is a mother to a 10-year-old son and continues to enjoy supporting women in the Steiner School Community as well as home school parents and friends living in Norfolk.

    Get in Touch

    Or Contact our national Coordinators

    Name Country Email
    Agnieszka Bera Global info@shaktidoula.dk
    Ingrid Bal Netherlands charankamalkaur@ingridbal.com
    Mónica Santos Portugal monicaaum@gmail.com
    Amina Merabet Spain amina@madre-selva.com
    Elsa Martineau France elsayogadoula@gmail.com
    Solène Bourgeois France soleneyoga@gmail.com
    Sofiya H. Angelina Bonde Denmark mail@sofiyahenrietta.com
    Magalie Beantpal Kaur Switzerland info@beantpal.ch
    Catherine Tuchschmid Switzerland catherine@gaiaom.ch
    Patsy Gormley-Steele UK satprakashk@gmail.com
    Vesela Genadieva Bulgaria vessy@positivepostpartum.eu
    Yanitsa Karamarkova Bulgaria info@moiatadula.com