Pregnancy, childbirth, and post-partum offer women some of the most emotionally enriching and satisfying experiences of their life. But many women entering motherhood are shocked at their lack of preparation or awareness about what that actually means for their bodies, minds, spirits, and relationships. Kimberly Johnson, a doula, post-partum recovery expert, and yoga instructor has created a wise and supportive illustrated guide that offers women a roadmap to this very important transition that can last a few months--or even a few years. She draws from her vast professional experience, as well as her own personal experience, and also a number of disciplines including Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, yoga, herbal medicine, energetics, and traditional (folk) remedies, among others, to create a truly rich and holistic guide. The book offers advice for pregnant women on how to prepare their body for birth; how to organize themselves and their households for the best possible transition to motherhood; simple practices to facilitate healing and restore energy; and how to strengthen relationships and aid the return to sex. Johnson also explores the complex and often conflicting emotions that arise post-partum, and explores the profound nature of childbirth and new motherhood. She helps women contextualize their experience and tap into the spiritual opportunities it can provide.
KIMBERLY JOHNSON is the founder of MagaMama.com, an international holistic women's health care resource for expectant and new mothers, and KAJYOGA, a personal teaching institute that emphasizes the healing and empowering qualities of yoga practice. She has been interviewed on NPR and other US media outlets for her expertise on birth and women's health. She is a frequent contributor toElephant JournalandRecovering Yogi,and she conducts workshops internationally and online, teaching thousands of women and birth professionals about post-partum care and self-care for new mothers. After living in Brazil for eight years, she relocated to Solana Beach, CA, where she has a private practice specializing in birth injury, birth trauma, post-partum recovery, and sexual wellness.