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A guide to help support women through post-partum healing on the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual levels. 

This holistic guide offers practical advice to support women through postpartum healing on the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual levels - and provides women with a roadmap to this very important transition that can last from a few months to a few years. 

Kimberly Ann Johnson draws from her vast professional experience as a doula, postpartum consultant, yoga teacher, body worker, and women's health care advocate, and from the healing traditions of Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and herbalism - as well as her own personal experience - to cover:

  • how you can prepare your body for birth; 
  • how you can organize yourself and your household for the best possible transition to motherhood; 
  • simple practices and home remedies to facilitate healing and restore energy; 
  • how to strengthen relationships and aid the return to sex; 
  • learning to exercise safely postpartum;
  • carrying your baby with comfort; 
  • exploring the complex and often conflicting emotions that arise postpartum;   
  • and much more. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.  

©2017 Kimberly Ann Johnson (P)2018 Random House Audio

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I absolutely loved this book! So helpful & full of information. It helped me understand what I was feeling was normal and that I wasn’t alone. it gave me tools to heal and make things better, improve relationships and pave the way for a good and bright future. Thank you!

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I hated this book

I'm disappointed I waited too long to be able to return it. The idea of it sounds great but the author repeats herself a lot and offers very little aside from Western appropriation of practices she understands very little about.

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A great guide for moms battling with the 4th trime

It took me some time to her into it, but once I got going there was a lot of transferrable and valuable lessons and information that guided me through my personal journey of the 4th Trimester of my 2nd birth. Have recommended it to others.

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Excellent

A wonderful resource that every woman becoming a mother and all her friends and family should read!

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  • Kellie
  • 09-06-2018

Really use full tips you can put into action

I love the content of this book. Thank you Kimberly for writing this! It’s so sad that Americans have lost the generational knowledge of birth. I’m pregnant with my third child and finally seeking out the help and support I will need once the baby arrives. I went straight back to work after my first two with whom I had traumatic hospital births with and felt like I was a rockstar for doing so. Wow, how wrong was I for buying into society’s and feminist’s ideas of what it means to have it all and do it all. This time I’m looking forward to a healing birth with wise midwives in at a birthing center.

I love this book and hope it’s given to every mom at her baby shower with a offer to bring her a meal or clean her house post baby instead of all the meaningless gadgets and onesies and hospital room selfies.

Her message about how moms need to be mothered is so real. I felt that deeply with my first child but had no idea what to ask for or how to put it into words.

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  • meg w.
  • 27-05-2018

What we NEED more of!

The author of this book goes into a gray area. She explores and explains all of the things women go through post birth. She helps women understand that what they’re going through is normal, and that they don’t need to feel guilty or confused. Kimberly Ann Johnson has written a masterpiece, that I have, and will continue to, recommend to every mother I know. 100 stars!

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  • Kat
  • 03-07-2019

unscientific

Just not the book for me, but may work for others - it talks about "energies" and spirituality. It states you should ask others to bring you gifts, and I understand advocating for yourself, but it's not my style. I couldn't finish the book.

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  • Val
  • 14-11-2019

Read BEFORE delivery

I got this audio book expecting to focus on the fourth trimester as I was going through it but I found that the majority of this books content would have been beneficial if I had listened to it BEFORE I delivered my baby. As a result I skipped or partially listened to the majority of this book as it no longer pertained to me.

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  • Kim
  • 23-01-2019

A wonderful resource

This is the first way I have been able to access so much hard to find or ask mother centered information.

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  • Shannondoah
  • 25-06-2018

This Book is a Gem!

My heart swells thinking of the contents of this book. Kimberly has created a guide to recognizing the magic of the human experience of birth, without the added "WOO". It is practical, comforting and thorough in its organization of information and breadth of knowledge. I do give this book a WOO HOO! as it has vindicated my personal instincts and hunches about my future birthing experience and soon to be mama-hood. I am so thankful for this woman. I look forward to creating my fourth trimester sanctuary and trusting myself to tell people "NO" when I need, without guilt and to ask for help when I need, without guilt. l look forward to the opportunity to practice these arts and feel prepared and supported by the words in this book.

I'm so glad that Kimberly decided to read her own book. I feel like a friend is reading to me and I feel connected to her and the words and absorb information in a way I probably would not have if I read this. The PDF visuals and worksheets are pleasing to look at and thorough also.

WELL DONE!

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  • Nathan
  • 02-03-2021

Anecdotal and spiritual

So I liked a lot of the advice especially since I’m a Yogini and also very spiritual and woo woo. However I’m also a Physical Therapist and rely on science and research for lot of my treatment choices. Her comments about needing to eat meat or else your connective tissue will be weak I find completely false. Connective tissue integrity is more likely genetic as some people are just more lax. It has nothing to do with what they eat as long as they are healthy and getting enough nutrition. She blames her damaged pelvic floor on her vegetarian diet?! That is crazy to me.

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  • henry
  • 13-02-2019

Important Insight into Postpartum

Almost every mom I talk to says the same thing. 'I was not prepared for how hard the first couple months after birth would be.' Even the MOST prepared, home-birth, hippie mamas didn't know how hard the fourth trimester would be. And that's what Kimberly Ann Johnson has to tell you about. It's an important and useful book. She's professional and spirited! Her pace is a little slow for my listening pleasure. But I've recommended to all the mom's to be in my life.

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  • Llana Boren
  • 03-08-2018

Hands down best book for new Mommy

I am about to give birth and like many new moms, I went crazy reading about everything I should know. I’m very interested in all natural home birth (although this book doesn’t push natural/ home births, rather supports all moms after any type of birth) This book is the complete deal. We as a society and sex don’t typically make the space and time to take care of ourselves after the birth and feel guilty thinking of someone other than the baby. I so happy that I learned everything now right before I enter my “fourth trimester”. The author has a great voice and I love that she reads her own book.

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  • Jordynn Quinine
  • 30-07-2018

I really wanted to love this.

As a doula I really wanted to love this, the content seems OK but the narrator is so exhausting, I've listened to tons of books on audible, but this one? I can't even finish it.

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  • Jen
  • 11-03-2021

A must have for pregnancy and beyond

A very reflective book which helps you look inside at yourself, your family, support and the parent you want to be. I read this after my second baby and wish I had read it sooner- a fantastic way to reflect on yourself, your experiences and seek support where needed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-02-2021

Interesting but not for me

I found the book hard to finish. Some information is interesting, especially the references to different cultural traditions regarding postpartum but I found it hard to relate since it seems to focus on the traumatic experience of birth and postpartum. The practices explained in the book are complex and seem time consuming. Hard to put in practice during a time when even taking a shower is hard.

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  • irini
  • 10-10-2020

Great book, trouble with content

The book is eye-opening, I highly recommend it. Even though her personal experience was tough to listen to, I believe it prepares you for anything that postpartum might bring. Very empowering too.
However, I have trouble finding the PDF she mentions even though it should be in my library after I purchased the title. Anyone else had the same issue?

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  • R. Edwards
  • 12-06-2018

Life-changing

There are those books (or audiobooks) which have the power to change the course of your life. This is one of those books. Written and spoken with heart, with credible information and clear expertise, this is a must-have for any mum to be. Being pregnant myself, this book has aided me in thinking and feeling my way into a better pregnancy and (hopefully) postpartum period, with more confidence and strength to resource what I need at this time.

I have to say, listening to it at first, it was pretty hard-hitting. Kimberley is very clear about the sort of needs and support that a mum should try to have in place, in what is often spoken about in a mysterious, daunting and vague period of afterbirth. She sheds light on how important this time is and for me, she is a powerful voice in society for women, especially when this is not really spoken about until you get to the point of giving birth.

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