Feel deeply nourished, supported and physically aligned after the birth of your baby.
And transition into motherhood with joy and peace.
What is a Rebozo Closing Ritual?
The Rebozo Closing Ritual is much more than just a physical treatment. The ritual is done with the use of Rebozos (cotton woven Mexican scarves) to honor, celebrate, and nurture the new mother and close the period of pregnancy and birth. It helps to end one cycle and aids the new mother to transition into a new one, the cycle of motherhood; regardless of how many children she has born and birthed.
After the ritual, the new mother feels emotionally and physically more aligned, supported, and nurtured whereby she steps into motherhood confidently, grounded, and present in her body.
We have carefully collected knowledge on postpartum care from our own grandmothers, who highlighted the importance of receiving support and nourishment from other women.
We are using the term rebozo because the best scarves for performing the ritual are, in fact, rebozos. In honor of these amazing fabrics and the people who made them, we have used their original name, respecting the traditional usage.
The Rebozo Closing Ritual is possible after vaginal birth, cesarean & VBAC - even 20 years after they took place. Because of its versatility, the ritual is also used for other important phases in life f.e. pregnancy loss, menopause, change of career, or moving.
Feel free to ask for more information about the Rebozo Closing Ritual.
A Rebozo Closing Ritual supports:
+ optimal posture alignment after birth
+ pelvic balance and positioning of the inner organs
+ emotional nurture in the postpartum rollercoaster
+ coming home again in your own body after having shared it with your baby
+ reduction of postpartum ailments (f.e. postnatal depression, pelvic instability)
+ healthy returning menstrual cycles after having been pregnant & giving birth
ORIGIN + TRADITIONAL USE OF REBOZOS
In Mexico, the Rebozo is a very long, woven garment created by women for women. The beautiful traditions of using the Rebozo are handed down from mother to daughter and midwife to midwife. The many uses of the Rebozo include carrying a baby, relaxing and repositioning mothers in childbirth, carrying groceries, and most especially, ceremonies for important passages of women’s lives - like becoming a mother.
Source: Spinning Babies
Nourishment and support are vital for new mothers
The postpartum period -- also known as the 4th trimester -- is highly underestimated in a new mother's life. It breaks our heart to see new mothers often struggle alone through the transition into motherhood, feeling overwhelmed. Especially during this postnatal period, it's vital we must welcome, honor, nourish, nurture, close, and celebrate a new mother.
In our work (Iris is a doula and Ana, a doula and medical massage therapist), we see mamas have their optional week of postnatal care (kraamzorg), the last visit with the midwife, and some planned child care visits. Unfortunately, that's it.
When the mother and her baby are physiologically healthy and okay, Western medicine considers them ready for a life together. What is forgotten, however, is that becoming a mother is also a highly emotional, hormonal, psychological, and practical journey. On this road, there is little attention for a gentle closure of the nine months of pregnancy and birth experience. On top of that, there is little awareness for the tender 40-days of being postpartum with a newborn child, as so beautifully happens in other places around the globe, where this awareness hasn't faded to the background.
A woman becoming a mother is a life-changing transformation. A process of unbecoming and growing into the person caring for a child. After the intense task of birthing, an immediate shift takes place to be the first caregiver this tiny human so desperately needs. It takes greatness, courage, surrender, endurance, tears, sweat, laughter, and transformation to journey into motherhood. And sometimes, it is easy to completely forget ourselves and our own needs in this task of unconditional service to our child.
We believe mamas deserve to have people around them to help them remember the importance of returning to themselves after pregnancy and birth. Gently close this period of time to reclaim their body and mind as their own. From there making the transition into motherhood in peace and joy. Feeling supported.
Reclaiming postpartum care
In Mexico and other parts of South-America - on the globe actually, for example also in Morocco, India or in Bali - you might hear about the 40-day resting period after birth. The ideas and practices around this vary from country to country and region to region. However, the core message is the same: new mamas need rest and care after they have birthed their child. They need time before turning outward into the world again. Physically and emotionally.
In many parts of the world, postpartum care is considered a vital part of the whole cycle of conceiving, being pregnant and, birthing. Today, in the modern birth world, you might hear sometimes about Mother Roasting, Closing of the Bones Ceremony, Mothering Ceremony, or Mother Warming.
Very slowly, the importance of postpartum care regains appreciation and attention in the West, as it seems to have faded just over the course of one or two generations. We believe the Rebozo Closing Ritual can help mamas move back in their own bodies and selves as it marks the end of a powerful cycle of conceiving, bearing, and birthing. This automatically makes space for a new cycle: motherhood.