Thanks so much for your interest in caring for postpartum mothers. The notes below are from my presentation on herbs for postpartum mothers at the 2014 annual conference of the American Herbalists Guild. Below are some resources that might be helpful, whether you attended the presentation or not.

Do let me know if you have questions or if  you know of a resource that should be listed here.

Take care,




Here is my Pinterest board with ideas for foods to bring the postpartum mom (note that this is a revised link from what was posted in the AHG proceedings)

Camille Freeman’s board Best Meals to Bring Postpartum Moms on Pinterest.

Additional Resources


 Relevant Papers from the Medical Literature

  • Benjamin, D. R., van de Water, A. T. M., & Peiris, C. L. (2014). Effects of exercise on diastasis of the rectus abdominis muscle in the antenatal and postnatal periods: a systematic review. Physiotherapy, 100(1), 1–8. doi:10.1016/j.physio.2013.08.005
  • Duthie, L., & Reynolds, R. M. (2013). Changes in the maternal hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in pregnancy and postpartum: influences on maternal and fetal outcomes. Neuroendocrinology, 98(2), 106–115. doi:10.1159/000354702
  • Gaberšček, S., & Zaletel, K. (2011). Thyroid physiology and autoimmunity in pregnancy and after delivery. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology, 7(5), 697–706; quiz 707. doi:10.1586/eci.11.42
  • Kealy, M. A., Small, R. E., & Liamputtong, P. (2010). Recovery after caesarean birth: a qualitative study of women’s accounts in Victoria, Australia. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 10, 47. doi:10.1186/1471-2393-10-47
  • Lyu, L.-C., Lo, C.-C., Chen, H.-F., Wang, C.-Y., & Liu, D.-M. (2009). A prospective study of dietary intakes and influential factors from pregnancy to postpartum on maternal weight retention in Taipei, Taiwan. The British Journal of Nutrition, 102(12), 1828–1837. doi:10.1017/S0007114509991243
  • Normal and Abnormal Puerperium. (2013). Retrieved from http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/260187-overview
  • Onyango, A. W., Nommsen-Rivers, L., Siyam, A., Borghi, E., de Onis, M., Garza, C., … WHO Multicentre Growth Reference Study Group. (2011). Post-partum weight change patterns in the WHO Multicentre Growth Reference Study. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 7(3), 228–240. doi:10.1111/j.1740-8709.2010.00295.x
  • Pierard-Franchimont, C., & Pierard, G. E. (2013). Alterations in Hair Follicle Dynamics in Women. BioMed Research International, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/957432
  • Samadi, S., Khadivzadeh, T., Emami, A., Moosavi, N. S., Tafaghodi, M., & Behnam, H. R. (2010). The effect of Hypericum perforatum on the wound healing and scar of cesarean. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.), 16(1), 113–117. doi:10.1089/acm.2009.0317
  • Sayyah Melli, M., Rashidi, M. R., Delazar, A., Madarek, E., Kargar Maher, M. H., Ghasemzadeh, A., … Tahmasebi, Z. (2007). Effect of peppermint water on prevention of nipple cracks in lactating primiparous women: a randomized controlled trial. International Breastfeeding Journal, 2, 7. doi:10.1186/1746-4358-2-7
  • Sharma, G., Lobo, T., & Keller, L. (2014). Postnatal exercise can reverse diastasis recti. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 123 Suppl 1, 171S. doi:10.1097/01.AOG.0000447180.36758.7a
  • Skalkidou, A., Hellgren, C., Comasco, E., Sylvén, S., & Sundström Poromaa, I. (2012). Biological aspects of postpartum depression. Women’s Health (London, England), 8(6), 659–672. doi:10.2217/whe.12.55
  • Tanner Stapleton, L. R., Schetter, C. D., Westling, E., Rini, C., Glynn, L. M., Hobel, C. J., & Sandman, C. A. (2012). Perceived Partner Support in Pregnancy Predicts Lower Maternal and Infant Distress. Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), 26(3), 453–463. doi:10.1037/a0028332
  • Wender, E., Siegel, B. S., Dobbins, M. I., Garner, A. S., McGuinn, L. J., Pascoe, J., … Yogman, M. W. (2012). Supporting the Family After the Death of a Child. Pediatrics, 130(6), 1164–1169. doi:10.1542/peds.2012-2772

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