Postpartum Care Rooted in Cultural Tradition
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Today on the Sacred Window Podcast one of our Community Holders, Roshni Kavate spoke with Raeanne Madison. Raeanne is an Indigenous Postpartum Educator and Postpartum Doula located in far Northern Michigan. After learning of her indigenous Anishinaabe heritage at 13 years old, she spent years researching and connecting with her lineage. The traumatic first birth of her 1st child propelled Raeanne on her ancestral journey, piecing together traditional birthing and postpartum practices. She spent the next 8 years connecting with Indigenous teachers in every corner of Anishinaabe Aki. Raeanne now teaches a comprehensive online course that is focused on using ancestral wisdom to restore health and wellness in the postpartum period.
Raeanne joins us in speaking about postpartum care that is rooted in her Anishinaabe cultural traditions. We spoke about the importance of healing through traditional foods and practices. Raeanne shares the foundational aspects of the human experience during the postpartum time and how to support those through a consent based relationship. We discussed topics that every postpartum professional and postpartum family should know about, from activating resiliency in the DNA to saying ‘NO’ to ice packs postpartum.
“The medicine is always in us, there are just a few things that we can do to access that.” - Raeanne
Today on Sacred Window Podcast:
- The story of discovering indigenous ancestry and reclamation of ancestral practice
- How she came to birth work and integrating her cultural traditions
- Birth and Postpartum as bridge to deeper connect with ancestors
- Making space for the grief of postpartum
- Reconnecting to indigenous medicine
- Consent based relationships
- Anishinnabe traditional postpartum care
- Healing the womb wound
Connect with Raeanne
- Instagram: @postpartumhealinglodge
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