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After the Baby's Birth: A Complete Guide for Postpartum Women

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The first few weeks and months after a baby'¬?s birth can be a wonderful and confusing time. While trying to discover the best ways to care for her child, new (and experienced) mothers often neglect their own health. It is essential, however, that mothers pay as much attention to their own wellness as they pay to their baby'¬?s health and happiness during this crucial time ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Celestial Arts (first published 1991)
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Becky Dodson
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
i love this book. lim writes in such a comforting, supportive way. i love the recipes/food suggestions for postpartum recovery. i love the references to the postpartum period being such a time of need for loving care in order to achieve spiritual and emotional growth as well as physical rejuvenation.
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Every mother needs a good Postpartum book to read. This book is thorough in explaining what your body is going through physically, emotionally and spiritually. We prepare so much for the Event of Birth, we forget about preparation for the AFTER part. This book helped me uber amounts!
Angela Usas
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book really does cover all topics and it was perfect to read while nuzzled up to my newborn in his first week of life.
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I have a very clear memory of my first "postpartum visit". I was only 3 1/2 (my mother was visiting this weekend and I asked her to help me date this memory). We went to visit a friend of my mother's who had just had a baby. I remember that we had to be quiet because she was resting. My mother explained to me that she needed lots of rest so she could make milk for her baby (who was very new.) It's amazing to me that I remember this occasion so clearly - I do have other clear memories from about ...more
Mar 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
A beautiful, informative book. I have read lots and lots of books about pregnancy and childbirth, but the postpartum period is always relegated to a short chapter dealing mainly with physical aspects. I love that Robin Lim shows how standard American maternity care abandons women in this raw, sensitive time period. Women here are given one appointment at six weeks post partum and expected to be fully recovered emotionally and physically from birth, as well as no cultural traditions or rite of pa ...more
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A few small complaints here and there on her suggestions (it's not all about kegels, actually, it's more about squats!) but overall it was a beautiful read. Not dry at all. Really comforting and warm. Perfect to read while nursing your baby!

I think the best part is that she speaks about the cultural practices around the world. You get a really great sense of how neglected American mothers are and the kinds of small things that can help create community. You can see how birth and the postpartum
Apr 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: birth, reread
I first read this book in 1996 when I began my doula adventure. It totally resonated with me, it will be interesting to see if I still feel the same way.
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
loved her placenta book, and found this emotionally nourishing as well, but discouraging too -- assumes all women have male partners.
Aug 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mothers-to-be
Great recipes, and good reading while pregnant. The title says 'after the baby's birth,' but it is good book for before and after.
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
What a well paced thought out book, especially after all the books I'm required to read to become a Doula. The book actually covers material I haven't seen anywhere else.
May 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all mothers
Recommended to Ingrid by: my midwife
Hands down the best post-partum book I've ever read. The recipes are wonderful, great writing - I love this book.
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Robin Lim (b. 1956) is a mother, grandmother, author, poet, midwife and educator who lives in Bali with her husband and their family. She is a Certified Professional Midwife, with the North American Registry of Midwives and Ikatan Bidan Indonesia.

Robin founded The Bumi Sehat Foundation, a non profit organisation which has two by-donation clinics located in Bali and Aceh that provide health and pea