Welcome to the Why postnatal recovery matters masterclass

An online class to revolutionise the postpartum

My name is Sophie Messager, and I want to revolutionise the postpartum.

As a perinatal educator and doula, I have had enough of seeing new mothers struggle alone to adjust to the demands of motherhood, and blame themselves in a society that completely fails to support them.

I am on a mission to change this.

In 2020 I published a book called Why postnatal recovery matters, which is a blueprint for a more nurturing postpartum.

I have also created an online course inspired by the principles in the book, which takes the subject deeper.

To promote this new course, I am sharing free information about preparing for the postpartum. One of these share was a free master class which took place on Tuesday the 9th of February. The class was a huge success with over 300 people signing up and 115 people attending the class live.

I got such amazing feedback from the class that I have decided to run it again.

The next free masterclass will take place on Tuesday the 2rd of March at 8pm

The class lasts about an hour, plus 30 min of Q&A at the end.

In the master class I will share what you can do to have a nurturing and positive postpartum, even in a culture that doesn’t support it, and despite the restrictions that lockdown brings.

What will you gain from attending this class?

By the end of the masterclass you will have:

  • Learnt about traditional postpartum wisdom, and why we need it back
  • Gained an understanding of why preparing for the postpartum is essential
  • Learnt about the 4 pillars of the postpartum: Social support, rest, food and bodywork
  • Learnt why hiring help, in particular a doula, can be a game changer
  • Leanrt why writing a postnatal recovery plan is essential, and how to write one
  • Learnt about preparing for every eventuality, including the unexpected

By the end of this class, you will be armed with the tools your need to have a nurturing postpartum time, one that places the new mother firmly at the centre. If you are a birthworker, you will have tools to help support your clients in preparing for one.

I will also tell you about my new online course, Why postnatal recovery matters, and will include a special discount offer for people attending the class.

Who is this class for?

This class is for expectant and new mothers and families who want to learn about how to prepare for the postpartum.

Is it also for birthworkers who want to learn how to support families in preparing for the postpartum.

What makes this class unique?

I have a unique blend of scientific, theoretical and practical experience. I was a biology research scientist for 20 year prior to reconverting to being a doula. I bring my unique signature mix of scientific, traditional, and practical knowledge.

What makes my take on this unique, is that, rather than trying to follow the traditions of one specific culture, which can feel overwhelming or simply not suit the needs of each individual family (My husband is from Hong Kong. One of the traditional dishes for the postpartum are pig’s trotters in vinegar-not great if you are a vegetarian!), I have extracted the universal principles behind each culture. I have divided them into 4 simple pillars, which are easy to understand and apply. This means that you can make it work for you and your unique family and circumstances.

As well as history and science, In the class I share stories from my clients, from mothers and birthworkers, which help illustrate the topic and bring it to life with real life examples, as well as give you ideas that may work for you.

As well as being a scientist, I have gained practical experience in many traditional techniques, such as wrapping the hips and belly, and I will share a simple hip wrapping technique in the class.

Why am I the right instructor?

A birth and postnatal doula and doula mentor, I also have a diploma in antenatal education and spent 6 years teaching antenatal courses for the NCT. I have been facilitating various workshops for birthworkers for over ten year. I know how present information in a way that is entertaining, easily to follow, and which allows students to learn easily and enjoyably.

Prior to being a doula, I spent 20 years working as a biology research scientist and I have a PhD in physiology of Reproduction, and I teach with a unique blend of scientific, traditional and practical knowledge.

How do I attend the class?

The live class will take place on Zoom on Tuesday the 2nd of March at 8pm. The last is an hour long, plus 30 min of Q&A at the end.

If you cannot attend live, you can still signup as I will send you the class replay.

Just enter your details in the form below, and you will receive an email telling you how to access the class.

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About the instructor

An birth and postnatal doula and doula mentor, Sophie also holds a degree in antenatal education and spent 6 years teaching antenatal courses for the NCT. She is also a babywearing instructor and tutor, and a Reiki and Reiki Drum practitioner and Teacher. She has been facilitating various workshops for birthworkers since 2012. Prior to retraining to support new parents, she spent 20 years working as a biology research scientist and has a PhD in physiology of Reproduction. She brings a unique mix of science and traditions to her teaching. Sophie knows how to present information in a way that allows students to learn easily and enjoyably.

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