One of the ways to introduce our work is to organise Postnatal Support Network meetings. Last February we held a network meeting in Amsterdam, with 15 interested birth workers, doula’s, mothers, postnatal nurses to share and inspire each other. Our Dutch community is very active and growing in supporters and we took the opportunity to share the insights of the postnatal experience from all these birth workers.
Apart from an introducing in our work by the founders Gurujagat Kaur and Satya Kaur, we took the ideas, experiences and insights of the first 6 postpartum weeks as starting point for an research “Who is Mothering the Mother”, an Experience based Research on the 6 weeks of postpartum care. This qualitative research will look closely at the 6 week postpartum experience from all the stakeholders involved. Insights, question and assumptions from Mother, Father, Social Network and Midwifes, Nurses, Hospitals and even Insurances will need to be captions.
In the next few months we will try to look for funding with a first summary of this research, striking insights and what are the next steps. The funding is needed to deepen the research with interviews with the stakeholders, and mapping the experience flow of all the stakeholders.
With a growing interest and offering of birth and postpartum trainings, teachers and initiatives, we realize it’s important to 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 their ideas to initiate this network.
Our principle of holistic, non-medical support for mothers is not exclusively from the Kundalini Yoga tradition. Many traditions include a form of exclusion from daily activities with community support during the first week after birth. Our knowledge of healing foods, conscious attitude and communication and other healing techniques is inspired by other of spiritual teachings, thinkers, birth professionals and mostly by mothers. We acknowledge other traditions and are thankful for their initiative. We trust this will inspire a bigger movement towards happy mothers, fathers, children and society.
Becoming a member to our network, you do not need to be trained through us. We are an open platform for people who feel strongly about supporting mothers and families. Please join us today, for €4 per month.