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Essence of selfless service

To understand the nature of support from an eastern perspective, you have to understand the word ‘seva’. Seva means selfless service and is performed without any expectation of result or reward from the person performing it. You accept to give and demonstrate willingness to work hard for it. A western view on helping new mothers during their 40-day rest and bonding time is based on solidarity. Your motivation should be to support and uplift a healthy and peaceful start of this new life.

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    Qualities of a good helper
    • Willingness to perform devotional work
    • Physical resistance
    • Emotional stability
    • Availability
    What kind of help

    There are many ways to support a family in their ‘4th trimester’, or the 6 postnatal weeks.

    • A dedicated Postnatal helper can support the mother and the family for an agreed amount of time. This helper is trained via the Postnatal Support Network and will stay in-house or close to the family.
    • A part-time Postnatal helper is someone who can give support for specific tasks for an agreed time in the week.
    • Coordinating a network which can help with food preparation, shopping, playing with other children or cleaning can be organised by a friend or the new father.
    Tasks
    • Household duties and grocery shopping
    • Food preparation with knowledge of Postnatal nutrition.
    • Breastfeeding support.
    • Babysitting other children in the family.
    • Massage – cummerbund.
    • Closing belly ritual.
    Training

    The Postnatal Support Network organises Helpers training all over Europe. This training gives both ancient and contemporary knowledge and practical techniques on the 40-day recovery time.

    This training is set up for anyone who is interested in making an important difference in the life of young families. Health workers, doulas, yoga teachers, grandmothers and young women who are inspired to learn more about the techniques and would like to serve in a dedicated way and has considerable time and flexibility.

    Check our calendar for more details

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    Essence of selfless service

    “Lifting someone else out of their difficulties, inspiring them, making them smile, giving them hope, cooking them a meal or listening to them is a noble cause. Even if you don’t think of yourself while you offer selfless service to another, you too will feel gratified and comforted. Watching them feel better will make you feel better. So, go out there. Serve someone, anyone.”

    – Yogi Bhajan

    The Postnatal Support Network organises Helpers training all over Europe. This training gives both ancient and contemporary knowledge and practical techniques on the 40-day recovery time.

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    Mónica Santos Portugal monicaaum@gmail.com
    Amina Merabet Spain amina@madre-selva.com
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    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