Promoting a 40 Day Postnatal resting and bonding time

OUR VISION: Postnatal Rest and Bonding time for the new mother during the first 40 days after birth becomes an institution and a basic human right for every mother. We envision mothers birthing humanity with dignity and receiving full support for at least 40 days after birth. We see postnatal support as becoming an integral part of national and international policies, and being reimbursed by health insurance.

About Postnatal Support Network

The Postnatal Support Network (PSN) promotes the importance of a well-prepared and relaxing 40-day postnatal period, connects families and postnatal doulas, trains professionals and builds bridges. PSN is an international organization with a nonmedical and social network, dedicated to raising awareness and educating the larger public on the importance of postnatal rest and care. PSN coordinates the demand and response of trained support via a postnatal doula directory. The Network provides professional training for those interested in becoming postnatal doulas – carers who can give holistic support during the postnatal period.

PSN generates research with the purpose to demonstrate clearly the health and societal benefits of a prolonged rest and care during the postnatal period as an efficient prevention of PN depression and the cortège of family dysfunction that comes along with this. As a Network, PSN is committed to building bridges and connecting professionals in the field.

We believe that postnatal care can no longer remain isolated as a personal issue. The way we take care of newborn mothers affects the entire society and must find its priority place high on the political agendas of every country. The Postnatal Support Network commits to engage colleagues, birth workers, healthcare workers, insurance companies, policies governing maternal and paternal paid leave, local, national and international governments and organizations in the realization of this profound and necessary change.

PSN promotes the official recognition of postnatal doula as a profession, and further recommends that national’s health ministries create postnatal doulas trainings, thus subsidizing the postnatal help for all mothers, independently of their financial situation.

Read here about the three pillars our work is based on and who we are, and how we work. 

After delivery not only does it take the new mother around 6 weeks to heal from the intensity of labour, it takes at least this period of time to get familiar with her new role as mother. It’s essential to understand that these first few weeks establish important and delicate patterns that will affect the individual and families for decades.

For this reason it is of utmost relevance to ask and receive help during this “4th trimester”.

Diet & Recipes

Our guidelines are based on general yogic principles combined with universal traditional knowledge, scientific research and eco logic.

How to Organize

Your postnatal support needs to be organised well in advance. If possible, it should be done around the 33rd week of pregnancy.

Postnatal Doula Directory

We have our trained Postnatal Doulas, specializing in various postnatal care aspects in most European Countries.

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.


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.

Why postnatal support

Being born and giving birth are two of the most impactful events in a woman’s lifetime. After giving birth, not only does it take the new mother around 6 weeks to heal from the physical impact of labour, but also it takes at least this period of time for her to settle into her new role as mother. Stress during the first weeks post labour can contribute to difficulties with breastfeeding, impede the healing of the womb, lead to issues with bonding between mother and child or experiences of postnatal depression. Families need to understand that this important and delicate time establishes patterns that will affect the individual and families for many years to come.

Principles of a 40 day resting period

The period of pregnancy lasts 9 months and it takes at least 9 months to physically recover from the pregnancy and labour. Longer, if a woman breastfeeds long-term. From a psychological perspective there are some important things to be considered from the very beginning of the postnatal period:
1. Take it easy.
2. Take your time.
3. Enjoy your little baby.
4. The world does not understand your bliss – therefore, ignore the world for a while.


Physiology of the postnatal mother and child

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Postnatal rituals, bed sharing, massage and baby bundling.

Join a postnatal doula training with PSN to learn about different rituals, massage techniques and baby bundling.

Cooking and recipes

Some Recipe ideas

  • Soups, of all kinds; add rice and pasta into the pot as a carbohydrate
  • Mung beans / chickpeas with rice and vegetables
  • Fried vegetables with sesame oil and tamari
  • Rice noodles with vegetables and coriander
  • (Spelt or wholegrain) pasta with basil
  • Miso soup, potatoes and dill
  • Guacamole rice crackers
  • Cous-cous salad

Join a training or become a member to learn more about postnatal cooking.

The Postnatal Service, the attitude and what kind of support.

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News & Updates

Read our Newsletter and about upcoming events and a lot more here

Postnatal Support Network Newsletter Q1 2022
Postnatal Support Network Newsletter Q1 2022

Dear Co-creator of our Network,
We are publishing our quaterly newsletter a few days early than usual in order to extend to YOU our most heart-felt invitation to the Postnatal Summit which inaugurates exactly in 1 week, on March 18th, at 18h CET. Claim your spot here!…

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PSN Newsletter Summer Solstice 2022
PSN Newsletter Summer Solstice 2022

The Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year and the start of astronomic summer. It is observed today, on the 21st June which is also celebrated as International Yoga Day. The changing of seasons is a time of transformation, change and new...

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Photo (c) Mirjam Heemskerk – Gentle Beginnings Get inspired by Postpartum Massage Specialist and Educator Mirjam Heemskerk.A conversation by Charan Kamal Ingrid Bal. Mirjam Heemskerk is a loving mother, Massage Therapist & Natural Women Healthcare...

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Get in Touch

Or Contact our national Coordinators

Name Country Email
Agnieszka Bera Global
Ingrid Bal Netherlands
Mónica Santos Portugal
Amina Merabet Spain
Elsa Martineau France
Solène Bourgeois France
Sofiya H. Angelina Bonde Denmark
Magalie Beantpal Kaur Switzerland
Catherine Tuchschmid Switzerland
Patsy Gormley-Steele UK
Vesela Genadieva Bulgaria
Yanitsa Karamarkova Bulgaria