Conscious Postpartum

Caregiver Program

200 Hour Certificate Program


Module One

Postpartum Care Foundations


Understand why the 42 days (and more!) postpartum is sacred, and must be given special consideration.  Gain a foundation of caregiving with the Universal Mother Principles that can be applied to all situations.

Learning Objectives:

  •  Recognize the affects childbirth has on the body/mind/spirit and senses
  • Understand how the subtle channels of the mind and senses are affected during the sacred window
  • Learn caregiving techniques that support the specific biological and psychological needs of the postpartum parent
  • Understand the specific digestive needs a postpartum parent has as a result of giving birth.  Learn how ‘agni’ is affected and how to support the elimination of ‘ama’.
  • Learn the importance and basic how to’s of providing conscious postpartum care to diverse families and individuals.
  • Learn how to support families in preparing for postpartum.
  • Understand the ways a caregiver can support a new parent through the entire postpartum journey from immediate post delivery through emergence from the sacred window.
  • Develop the structural support of your professional practice including a strong resource and referral guide.
  • Be able to troubleshoot when imbalances arise and know when to reach out to other support people in your community.

What is the Sacred Window?

*Kayakalpa.  Understanding the importance of this unique window of time.

Resonation Around the World.  Ayurvedic tradition is a way, but it is not the only way.  Parallels of care traditions can be seen spanning the globe.  Why is it so forgotten in our modern culture?  What can we do about that?

The Mother Principles

Principles that form the foundation for applying postpartum care and care of all humans/life.  These principles attend to soothing elevated VATA within the mind and spirit of both the family AND caregiver.  Pacifying Vata in the mind and spirit will lead the way to pacifying Vata in the body.  In all aspects of the care we offer, always return to the Mother Principles.  If actions, words, and support measures are delivered from this foundation, all will be well.

  • Simplicity
  • Flexibility
  • Compassion
  • Listening
  • Intuition
  • Grounding
  • Non Judgement

Ayurveda’s Light on the Sacred Postpartum Window

  •  Vata Dosha and its influence on the postpartum window.  What is happening elementally?
  • The Gunas (qualities) that increase and decrease Vata Dosha.  Where and when do we see them?  What are the opposite qualities that can bring them back into balance?  What does that look like in the condition and experiences of a postpartum mother and baby?
  • Sattva, Rajas and Tamas in Postpartum.  The state of consciousness permeates wellness on all levels.  How do we observe Sattva, Rajas and Tamas in a postpartum mother, or in her environment?  How can we promote Sattva amidst the normal and elevated challenges of the postpartum window?
  • Prana, Tejas and Ojas.  Understanding these subtle qualities and their not at all subtle contributions to a mother’s well being.  Why and how do we promote Prana?  Why and how do we build Ojas?

Using Pranayama in Postpartum

Understanding the restful and transformational effects of breath awareness and pranayama techniques for postpartum.  Learn safe and effective breathing practices to teach to mothers.


Understanding the digestive fire, Agni, and how is it changed during the postpartum window?  How can we relight the fire?


Birthing a child, and transforming into a Mother is monumental.  The transformation will happen in a way completely unique in detail to each woman.  She must be able to process and integrate this experience in order to fully digest it.  Why is this important?  How can we as caregivers support this?


Understanding the build up that happens in the body of undigested material as well as experiences that left undigested can build up in the mind and on the spirit level.  When have we witnessed this?  How can we support the elimination of Ama in the body and the mind/spirit?  Water, hydration as an imperative support for supporting Agni and Ama, maintaining energy and fostering healthy breast milk supply.

The Mind in the Sacred Window

Recognizing the subtle channels as the first responders to loving support.  The mind and senses are wide open to receive support and also vulnerable to negativity and stress.  Using the Mother Principles to positively affect the mind and subtle senses.

The Power of Preparation

Preparing for the Postpartum Journey is paramount to having a sacred window that supports mom’s needs.  How can you as a caregiver help a family prepare?  Some practitioners design their practices around preparation for the sacred window.  Learn some ways to educate, organize and assist a mother/family in preparing for their ideal sacred window.

Cultural Awareness

What does it mean to practice a tradition of care that may not be native to our personal history?  How can we show responsibility and respect in teaching and honoring traditions of care?

Gender Diversity Awareness

Not all birthing parents identify as female.  Babies coming into the world will experience a range of gender identification and expression as they grow up.  Caring for new babies begins with caring for their parents from the beginning.  Transgender and Genderqueer parents need respectful and informed caregivers to help buffer the dramatic challenges experienced on a daily basis by this growing community.  Respecting and honoring the expansive spectrum of Gender Identity and finding ways to help all families feel supported and cared for.

Racial Equity, Racialized Trauma, Barriers to Care

There are systemic disparities in quality of healthcare and outcomes based on race.  DNA is affected by traumas experienced generationally.  People will carry ancestral trauma along with any personal traumas they have experienced due to racial inequity, white supremacy or otherwise.  As caregivers, we can support the health and wellbeing of our clients by understanding the effects of racialized trauma.  By understanding effects, we can offer appropriate support, resources and advocacy.  

The Postpartum Path:  Journey through the Sacred Window

  • The Journey Begins.  Immediate postpartum and the first few days.  What is happening?  How might she be feeling?  How can we support her using skills born out of our foundational understanding?  How can we support hospital considerations?  Our first visit.  
  • Finding a Stride.  Continuing on the path.  We’re gaining strength, and it is time to start integrating the real postpartum routine.  What does this look like? 
  • Emerging into a life of parenthood.  Graduating from the cocoon.  Establishing a balanced entry into life as a parent/mother to another.

Extra Care Concerns

  • Cesarean Birth.  So many women experience Cesarean Birth.  It is included in the Extra Care Concerns section of the course because it is major surgery, and thus requires extra special consideration.
  • Loss.  Some caregivers offer specialized support to families who are experiencing loss of their baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or other medical issue.  Mothers will need to navigate the support of their body and their grief as it affects their heart, mind and senses.  Support during this time is essential.

Baby Bliss

Baby Bliss and the Synchronicity of baby’s needs and mom’s needs.

Creating a cocoon

Creating a cocoon of love and balanced care for this brand new beautiful human.

Specific Infant Needs and Support Strategies

Feeding and Lactation Basics

  • General Support Strategies - Keys to Success
  •  Challenges and Support Strategies - Troubleshooting

Resource and Referral Guide

An essential tool for a postpartum caregiver.  Develop a local and online Resource and Referral Guide to support you in surrounding yourself with other care providers and your clients, to make sure they get the support they need.

Practicing as a Conscious Postpartum Caregiver

Designing your practice to suit your life, training and goals.  There is no right or wrong way to practice.  You create your own formula based on your life:  your time, skills, desires, goals, community, needs, etc.

Module Two

Foundations of Ayurveda


Learn the foundational principles of Ayurveda including the elements, doshas, gunas, dhatus and srotas, and how to use yourself as your best teacher of Ayurveda.  Know how to create your own Sacred Window anytime for yourself and others

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to ask questions about the intention of any support or intervention
  • Learn how to follow your own intention
  • Learn how to blend traditions
  • Learn to manage information overwhelm and find the simplest solution available
  • Keep the big picture in mind 
  • Know how to describe Ayurveda without using Ayurvedic terms to anyone in 5 minutes or less
  • Know how to describe the (your) value of Ayurveda during postpartum in 5 minutes or less
  • Know how to apply each principle you memorize in your life
  • Know how to include yourself in the care you give to anyone else
  • Learn the difference loving care can make and share it everywhere 
  • Be ready to practice as soon as you are done in 13 weeks
Intentions and Goal Setting + Historical Perspectives


Learn the foundational principles of Ayurveda including the elements, doshas, gunas, dhatus and srotas, and how to use yourself as your best teacher of Ayurveda.  Know how to create your own Sacred Window anytime for yourself and others

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to ask questions about the intention of any support or intervention
  • Learn how to follow your own intention
  • Learn how to blend traditions
  • Learn to manage information overwhelm and find the simplest solution available
  • Keep the big picture in mind 
  • Know how to describe Ayurveda without using Ayurvedic terms to anyone in 5 minutes or less
  • Know how to describe the (your) value of Ayurveda during postpartum in 5 minutes or less
  • Know how to apply each principle you memorize in your life
  • Know how to include yourself in the care you give to anyone else
  • Learn the difference loving care can make and share it everywhere 
  • Be ready to practice as soon as you are done in 13 weeks

Intentions and Goal Setting + Historical Perspectives


Set the stage for a meaningful and intentional journey into Ayurveda and Postpartum Caregiving.  What do you want this program to accomplish?  What does being here mean to you?  

Gain insight into Ayurveda and our modern world.  How do we approach this work?  Where does this tradition come from?  

Sankhya Philosophy

Journey of consciousness into matter and back - moment to moment. Everything is connected, every point of entry that you understand, gives you another place to effect the flow and change it.  In addition to Sankhya, discover other philosophies that influence Ayurveda.  What is influencing Ayurveda today?

Ayurveda as a Lens

To managing change, and managing/creating balanced flow. What is flow and how to keep it going?

Perfect Health and Life

 Ayurvedic approach, personal approach, western approach

Ayurveda Today

Cultural Perspective

These are the Purusha weeks

How are we going to take this off the page and into the study of our lives as practitioners? This course is your own personal window to study  yourself. 

Microcosm = Macrocosm - Everything is connected!

  • The overview of basic Ayurvedic theory through Postpartum Lens.
  • Elements, Doshas, Prakruti/Vikruti, Agni/Ama.  The Purpose of Doshic Theory.  What are gunas, elements, doshas and how do they relate to each other?  What does it look like during the Sacred Postpartum Window?
  • Doshic subtypes and why we should know about them.
  • Agni/Ama in body, mind, spirit.  Postpartum agni and ama.  
  • Who are YOU as the Doula in the Postpartum Window, who is the mom, baby and everyone else.  Balance, and what does that mean in the Postpartum Window?

The Sacred Window and the Doshas

Prana, Tejas and Ojas - the subtle essences of the Doshas and how we experience them during postpartum. 

Sattva, Rajas, Tamas

 The States of Consciousness and how we experience them during postpartum.

Digestion and Nutrition in the Sacred Window

Subtle relationships of nutrition in cells to nutrition of consciousness. Everything is “food”. How to utilize these concepts and assimilate them into life.

6 Stages of Dis-ease

6 Stages of Dis-ease to be aware of during the postpartum window.

Module Three

Cooking for Postpartum


To understand the underlying principles of Āyurveda and the important Universal Mother Principles as applied to the nourishment of food to effectively and properly support the sacred window for new families.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the Ayurvedic principles of nutrition and digestion including the six tastes
  • Recognize how these principles apply to a postpartum parent
  • Learn to observe and recognize the qualities present in a postpartum parent’s digestion and elimination and how to balance those qualities using nutrition
  • Learn the basic qualities and components of a supportive postpartum diet
  • Understand how the qualities present in the preparation of the food affect the digestion of the food
  • Explore postpartum recipes and get hands on experience in your own kitchen
  • Learn the different ways a caregiver can design their practice in cooking for a postpartum parent and family
  • Understand the value of using herbs and spices in supporting ideal nutrition during the sacred window
  • Learn to make a variety of herbal foods to support a new parent during the sacred window

The Mother Food Principles

An Ayurvedic Postpartum Caregiver can follow these principles when preparing food for a new parent to ensure their nutritional needs are met as well as supporting their digestive, mental, emotional and spiritual health.  

  • Simple
  • Recognizable
  • Warm
  • Nourishing
  • Delicious
  • Freshly Prepared
  • Easy to Digest
  • Properly Prepared
  • Prepared with Love
  • Beautiful

What is Ayurvedic Food/Cooking?

Understand what makes food preparation ‘Ayurvedic’.

Important Factors to Consider for Postpartum Clients

Learn what to pay attention to when cooking for newly birthed mothers and people.  Their needs are different than at other times, and as their caregiver, it is imperative to understand what to look for and how to assess what is the proper food at the proper time. 


Understand the ‘digestive fire’ and how it dictates our ability to receive nourishment, or develop ‘Ama’.  Learn about the states of Agni, and how we can support a postpartum client’s digestive capabilities through the food we prepare.

Learn what general factors will impair agni, and specifically how childbirth affects agni - a key part of what sets an Ayurvedic postpartum doula/caregiver apart from others

Foods by Stage of the Sacred Window

Discover what foods are appropriate for each stage of the Sacred Window:  immediate post delivery, into the first days, the first two weeks, and through weeks 3-6.  Gain an understanding that each person is unique in what is right for them at different times.  Learn to assess when is the right time to move on to new foods. 

Tri-Guna Theory and the Doshas of the Mind

Explore Sattva, Rajas and Tamas as they relate to food.

The Six Tastes

Understand the 6 tastes of foods, why each is important, how each affects the doshas and most importantly for a postpartum caregiver,  how to use these tastes to create food that is healing for postpartum clients.

The Postpartum Picture

Look at common experiences postpartum parents have, and observe the doshas (elements) that become out of balance.  Identify the elements to bring into play through food, action and routine which will pacify these imbalances.

Foods to Avoid

Gain a general understanding of the qualities which will further imbalance the postpartum experience.  Recognize which foods are not ideal for this window of time, and should be minimized or avoided.

MacroNutrient Needs for Postpartum

Learn what a postpartum person’s basic needs are for taking in proper nutrition to support their specific needs for healing, nursing and parenting.

Cesarean Birth Special Needs

Learn how to specifically care and cook for new parents who have had a cesarean birth, understand how their needs are different and be ready to provide specialized attention to these needs.  

Dominant Dosha Caregiving

Learn how to shift your caregiving to best support new parents who are:

  • Pitta Dominant
  • Kapha Dominant
  • Vata Dominant

Meal Preparation Timing and Scheduling

Implementing meal preparation into your professional practice can manifest in many ways.  Learn what factors timing of meals is dependent upon based on your client’s needs.  View a sample schedule of cooking in a new parent’s home, and explore what type of meal preparation practice will work for you. 

Infant Growth Spurts and Times of Increased Nutritional Needs

Be ready and aware of special times within the sacred window when a client and baby may require additional nutritional support.  Understand why these times are special, what is happening, and how you as the caregiver can help.

Adapting Meal Preparation for Different Diets

Be ready to adjust your ingredients and preparation modes for clients who prefer or require specific dietary needs.  Learn to be flexible and prepared.  Gently educate as necessary for your client’s best healing, and remember that there is not one way to eat ‘Ayurvedically’.  

  • Paleo, PaleoVedic, Hunter-Gatherer Foods
  • Gluten Free
  • Ketogenic
  • Vegan
  • Standard American Diet (SAD) :(
  • Picky Eaters
  • Traditional Foods / Nourishing Traditions
  • Raw Diets
  • Macrobiotic

Working with Impaired Digestion

Understand what to favor and what to avoid when working with specific digestive imbalances.

Special Circumstances Requiring Food Modification

  • Cesarean Birth
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage / Blood Loss
  • Loss / Grief
  • Thrush/Candida
  • Plugged Ducts
  • Mastitis
  • Postpartum Mood Disorders

Organizing your Meal Preparation Practice

Key factors for cooking and meal prep in your Postpartum Caregiving practice.  Get ready, and organized, and design the practice that works for you!

Postpartum Herbal Foods

Galactagogues - Lactation Promoting Herbs

What is a lactogenic food?  Learn what common foods support breast milk production.

Factors that Impair Milk Supply

Learn to understand the effects certain foods have on breast milk production.  

Important Herbs and Spices for Postpartum

Learn which herbs and spices are supportive, why and how, and identify ways to use them in preparations for clients.

Basic Postpartum Herbal Recipes

Learn to prepare several powerfully supportive and simple postpartum herbal support recipes which when taken regularly will have excellent results in supporting postpartum recovery.  Learn why they are supportive, how to prepare them, when to prepare them, and when/how often to serve them.

Additional Support Foods

Additional Support Foods

General support foods for postpartum recovery and lactation outside of our required reading cook books.

Placenta Medicine

Ayurveda does not refer to using the placenta internally as medicine.  However, many people choose to do so, and you will likely work with clients who are going to be ingesting their placentas.  Discover the properties of the placenta, what to be aware of, how to proceed with caution and a well rounded scope, and explore your own comfort level of preparing the placenta to be taken medicinally.

Nervous System Support

Using Herbal Support Foods during postpartum to pacify an aggravated or impaired nervous system. 

Digestive Support

Using Herbal Support Foods during postpartum to support ideal digestion and elimination.

Ojas Building Foods

Nurturing the subtle essence of Kapha as we rebuild post birth.


Special considerations for supporting babies and mamas with Thrush - avoiding Kaphogenic foods while still supporting postpartum needs. 

Module Four

Ayurvedic Touch for Postpartum


Develop an understanding of the “Mother Principles” that apply to Ayurvedic postpartum bodywork for the birthing parent and the infant and be able to facilitate teaching the postpartum methods to clients you serve.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the value of warm oil application and the healing benefits of therapeutic touch for the sacred postpartum window
  • Learn the ways Ayurvedic massage can be modified for the postpartum body
  • Learn about best oils for postpartum bodywork and how to cure them
  • Contraindications to doing oil massage for parent and infant
  • Learn how to do a self oil massage for postpartum and how to instruct postpartum parents in the practice
  • Learn how to give an ayurvedic infant massage, and how to instruct new parents
  • Learn bathing techniques for baby including preparation and application of Pudding Soap, and safe baby holds
  • Identify the supplies you will need and how to protect the client’s home and linens
  • Be aware of special requirements for linen and home clean-ups
  • Be able to demonstrate to a lactating parent techniques for managing engorgement
  • Learn the ways a caregiver can support a postpartum parent with Ayurvedic Touch with or without a massage license; be aware of touch permission, rules and regulations for their region/country

Professional Hat

We teach to prepare you as an educator. Awareness of touch licensing: your professional license, regulation for your state/country, special rules for breast massage.

Ayurveda and Abhyanga

Applied principles of sweetness, motion and inertia. The qualities we favor in giving Ayurvedic postpartum massage and how we create connection.

Ayurvedic massage as opposed to other types of massage

General benefits of all massage. Benefits of Ayurvedic massage for mothers, birth givers and for babies.

Preferred oils

The three functional principles of human bodies. Choosing the best oils for the body type and for postpartum. Heat treating or “curing” the oil.

Ayurvedic Pudding Soap

Ancient food-grade cleaning method for the skin. We look at the special properties of making and using this alternative to soap.

Your supply stock

We provide both linens and supplies. A sample stock is listed and suggestions for differing work situations is given. 

Five warms

  • Warm oil
  • Warm room
  • Warm bath
  • Warm hands
  • Warm heart
  • More warmth: Fomantek bags

Best timing

Bodywork timing for the body type and for postpartum. Variability for birther, baby, and family rhythms. How your schedule and work hours play into best timing. 


When not to oil massage birthing parent. When not to massage baby.

Differences between Self- and Practitioner given Abhyangas

We use variable amount of oils, different ways to warm it, modify positioning and apply a directional difference in the procedure for postpartum.

Ayurvedic birther self-massage

Touch base & supplies. Preparation, the demo teaching portion and post-massage steps are given.

Infant non-verbal communication

Infant cues and best state for baby to receive a massage are discussed.

Containment holds

Stationary hand holds for transition between areas or for special needs.

Overview/Talking points on benefits of infant massage with parents

Touch base & supplies.General Tips/discuss handouts. Educating parents on why infant massage is important to their baby’s health. Benefits of infant massage for the parent/siblings. Preparation, the demo teaching portion and post-massage steps are given.

Infant massage

Why we teach parents/caregivers to do the massage. Preparation, demo infant massage technique and baby exercises side-by-side with parents. Post-massage directions and secure baby hold.


When to bathe. Supporting family at bathtime with Ayurvedic pudding soap, safe techniques and for baby, how to hold and transfer a slippery baby.

Post-oil massage clean-up

Special requirements for linens, bathroom and drains are discussed.

Module Five

Growing Your Practice


Look at Business ‘Ayurvedically’.  Choose the perfect niche for you.  What do you love the most, and how can you fill your time doing that?  Begin to build a sustainable practice that supports you energetically and financially.

Learning Objectives:

  • Begin to envision and pragmatically plan the professional practice that works for you.
  • Identify what type of person you are, and what the best role is for you.  Think about getting support with other areas.
  • Begin to create and structure your practice, and identify ways to organize and communicate with potential and new clients.
  • Think about how you want to introduce yourself to the public
  • Incorporate the Universal Mother Principles into your Business.
  • Identify the informational Materials to give to and Receive from clients.
  • Remember to stay supported, clear, organized and inspired!
  • Identify your goals and set a path to working towards them.
  • Discover potential services and packages - Ideas to Inspire.
  • See sample schedules of a Caregivers Day.
  • Identify things to consider when setting your Caregiving Schedule.
  • Implement your first steps in Growing Your Practice.
Part One:  Envisioning and Planning

Ayurveda and Business

Business is part of life, and we can approach our professional practice with awareness of the doshas, our own constitution, the gunas, channels, dhatus, etc. of our work life.

Visioning Versus Planning

They are different!  Combine inspired visioning with pragmatic planning to see your ideas come to life.

E-Myth Model and Evolved Enterprise Model

Two examples of business creation and concept.

The Ayurvedic Postpartum Care Business

How to identify the structure that is right for you, your schedule, your financial wants and needs, and is suited to your community.  The responsibility we have to radically participate in changing the social devaluing of caregivers.

Part Two:  Organizing and Communication

Making a Presence for Your Practice in Your Community

Introducing yourself to the public authentically and thoughtfully.

Connecting with Clients

Create a plan for connecting with potential clients to share what you do, and establish the beginning of a client relationship.

Using the Universal Mother Principles as a foundation for your Professional Practice

When you approach all aspects of your practice with the Universal Mother Principles of Flexibility, Simplicity, Compassion, Listening, Grounding, Intuition and Non-Judgement, you will set yourself and your clients up for a fulfilling and successful caregiving/receiving relationship.  In addition, you will be giving your Professional Practice the gift of enjoyment and sustainability.

Materials To Give and To Receive

Learn what information you’ll need to provide to new or potential clients, as well as what information is important and helpful for you to receive as the caregiver.

Keeping Yourself Supported and Organized

Build a practice that supports you as you support others.  As you are creating support structures for your clients, build in the right support structures for yourself, that you have others to reach out to, and cushions in place to give you a comfortable space to do your thing.

Part Three:  Services and Packages

Your Practice is Your Own Creation

See what others do, and do what works for you!  Get inspiration and guidance, and think deeply about the type of practice that is right for you.  You can focus on one service niche, or you can provide a menu of different services.  You can have an array of schedules, or pinpoint the windows that work best for your life.

Part Four:  Caregiver’s Day

The Full Spectrum Ayurvedic Postpartum Caregiver

Look into a sample day of a few Caregivers who offer a full spectrum of services.  Then look into some sample schedules of Caregivers who offer Meal Prep only, or Body Work only.

Part Five: Sustainability:  Energetic and Financial

Sustainability Versus Planning

How they are different, and why this difference is vital to success.  

Establishing Energetic Sustainability

Establishing Financial Sustainability

The Pricing Game

Self Reflection to set the stage for setting your prices.

Price Guide - steps to establishing a pricing plan.

Part Six:  Getting the Word Out

Making Connections

The importance of connecting with others in related fields to support you, your clients and your business.

Going where the Expecting Parents Go

Finding the places in your local and online communities where expecting parents are.

Working as a Team

Solo caregivers may find working alone too isolating or strenuous.  Consider working with others as a team to bolster the support you can offer, cast a wider reach, and be of support to one another.

Part Seven:  Taking Your First Steps

Start from Where You Are

Look at where you are, and let’s identify the first step that is right for you.  Whether you are new to Caregiving and Ayurveda, have an established practice already, or anywhere in between, there is a first step that is appropriate to integrating what you have learned in this program.

Guest Instructor Series

Included in your Curriculum are a series of incredible Guest Lectures shared by inspirational instructors on specific topics related to postpartum care.  These lectures are designed to take you deeper into important skills and areas of awareness that will support your practice and make you a more informed postpartum professional.

  • Diastasis Recti and Belly Binding with Dr. Prity Dal
  • Lactation and Breastfeeding with retired midwife, Terra Rafael
  • Grief and Loss with Roshni Kavate
  • Western Herbs for Postpartum with herbalist Meaghan Thompson Moore
  • Ancestral Cooking for Postpartum Series with Roshni Kavate
  • Brand Strategy for your Postpartum Practice with Eunique Deeann
  • Preparing for Postpartum with Dr. Prity Dal
  • Breastfeeding Management for the Postpartum Care Professional
  • Pelvic Steaming for Yourself and Your Clients, a 2 Part Series
  • and more!