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"Finally, a book that addresses an aspect of birthing that has been forgotten in the western world.This book should make a valuable contribution not only to women, but to the whole family." (Mary Bove, N.D., of the Brattleboro Naturopathic Clinic, Brattleboro, Vermont)

"This is a superb and much needed book that should help and support all postpartum mothers." (Suzanne Arms, award winning photojournalist, author of Immaculate Deception II : Myth, Magic and Bir)

"Thirty years ago, when I had my babies, we were rediscovering natural birth and breast-feeding. But, we struggled alone during postpartum. If I had been able to read Aviva's book then, I would have cried less. Every new mother should have a copy of this book." (Peggy O'Mara, Editor and Publisher of Mothering magazine)

"Destined to have widespread appeal for its compassionate and wise advice.  Thank you, Aviva, for so much vital information in one volume. (Jeannine Parvati Baker, author of Prenatal Yoga and Natural Childbirth)

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“Destined to have widespread appeal for its compassionate and wise advice. Thank you, Aviva, for so much vital information in one volume.”
--Jeannine Parvati Baker, author of Prenatal Yoga and Natural Childbirth

“Finally, a book that addresses an aspect of birthing that has been forgotten in the Western world. This book should make a valuable contribution not only to women, but to the whole family.”
--Mary Bove, N.D., author of An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants

“This is a superb and much-needed book that should help and support all postpartum mothers.”
--Suzanne Arms, award-winning photojournalist and author of Immaculate Deception II: Myth, Magic & Birth

New mothers need their own special care and support--just like their new babies--to adjust to the myriad challenges facing them after birth: changing body image, lifestyle, work arrangements, and relationships. Now midwife, herbalist, and mother of four, Aviva Jill Romm shares her years of experience and insights into how to make this crucial life transition a smooth and happy one.

Aviva offers solutions to situations that can seem completely overwhelming--how to get enough rest by building a support circle of family and friends; how to eat well using her 17 high-energy recipes; how to replenish your spirit with healing baths; and how to regain your strength and tone your abdomen and pelvic area with postnatal yoga exercises. Providing 80 easy-to-make herbal remedies to heal and restore vitality to your body and to stimulate milk production, Aviva carries her advice through the entire first year, including tips on how to soothe fussy babies and how to recapture your sex life.

Natural Health after Birth provides the support that is so often lacking for new mothers--support both for stay-at-home moms and those who will return to their jobs soon after the birth. Written with humor and compassion by someone who really understands the journey, Aviva Romm offers practical wisdom and concrete strategies for negotiating the beautiful but demanding path of motherhood while maintaining a strong sense of self.

AVIVA JILL ROMM is a certified professional midwife, practicing herbalist, and the president of the American Herbalists Guild. Her children are now ages 17, 14, 10, and 8. Her previous books include The Natural Pregnancy Book, Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide, and Naturally Healthy Babies and Children. She lives with her family in Georgia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892819308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892819300
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aviva Romm, MD is a Board Certified Family Physician, midwife, herbalist, and the creator of Herbal Medicine for Women, a distance course with nearly 1000 students around the world, and Healthiest Kids University, also with nearly 1000 students. Recently named by mindbodygreen.com as one of the 100 Women to Watch in Wellness, Dr. Aviva Romm has bridged her interests in traditional medicine with her knowledge of science for over 3 decades.

A midwife and herbalist for 25 years, and now a Yale trained MD, Board Certified in Family Medicine with Obstetrics, she is one of the nation's leaders in the field of botanical medicine and the author of 7 books on natural medicine for women and children. Her focus is on women's and children's health, with an emphasis on the impact of stress on health, energy, food cravings, weight, chronic disease, and hormone imbalance.

An internationally respected authority on botanical and functional medicine for women and children, with 30 years of clinical experience, she is the author of 7 books on natural medicine, including Botanical Medicine for Women's Health, winner of the American Botanical Council's James Duke Award.

A graduate of Yale School of Medicine where she received the Internal Medicine Award for "outstanding academic achievement and community service," Aviva completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Yale where she was instrumental in creating the school's first integrative medicine curriculum. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Romm is an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Yale Integrative Medicine Program, is Medical Director of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and Therapeutic Compendium, and sits on the expert panel of the American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. She also serves on the numerous boards and advisory committees.

Dr, Romm is a leader in the revolution to transform the current medical system into one that respects the intrinsic healing capacities of the body and nature - while helping women take their health into their own hands. Her goal is to foster greater access to a health-based, trans-disciplinary health care model. Her primary commitment is to practicing and teaching clinical medicine, promoting an ecological basis for health, and continuing to care for mothers, children, and families. Her areas of research include botanical medicine with a focus on the needs of women and children, improving maternity care models, mind-body medicine, and the impact of environment on health. She is a gardener, artist, and visionary physician, as well as the mother of 4 grown children and grandmother of two - all 6 born at home.

Website: www.avivaromm.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AvivaRommMD
Twitter: @AvivaRomm

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Aviva Jill Romm's book is destined to have widespread appeal for its compassionate and wise advice. I am grateful to Aviva for having so much vital information in one volume. The topics are Herbs, Nutrition, Yoga, and Practical Wisdom and sagely begins with Chapter One -- The Birth of a Mother. Her chapter on Replenishing Yourself -- Body, Mind and Spirit is particularly wonderful and the photos of the mother and newborns are full of soul. Both Robin Lim's (After The Baby's Birth) and Aviva's books make the best baby shower / Blessing Way gifts! For too many years postpartum has been neglected in terms of self-help guidebooks and within a moon of one another in 2002 came two excellent contributions to what I hope to see is the growing body of knowledge for new mothers. This is a book I will give my children and grandchildren!
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I highly recommend this book. It gives a realistic perspective on what goes on with the body, heart and mind after our babies are born. After the birth of my first baby, I was a shocked at how long it took my body to recover and most friends and family had very little to say me about what a new mom needs to do help the body balance. I was a little disappointed actually so I decided to do more research about how to take care of myself postpartum now that our second baby will be arrive this January. After reading this book, I feel like I can put together a better plan for rest and have found more ways to heal the achy bits after the baby is born. I think in the West, we have this feeling like we should be able to "do it all", even after giving birth. When first taking care of newborn son, I called my mother telling her how challenging it was to get rest and take care of the home. She said to me, "What's the big deal taking care of just one baby? I had four of you and no help!" But I remember, she was exhausted. This book suggests that we DO need help and time to rest after birth, whether or not you have one child or four children. I appreciate that.
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A friend recommended this book as we both started our second pregnancies. I'm so glad she did!! This book is great for first time moms and moms who have already had their first babies - excellent perspectives on what we go through after birth and gentle, reassuring advice on how to cope. A must read!
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I've been in the birth field for over 30 years and this is one of the most helpful books I've read on postpartum recovery. Aviva has done a fantastic job writing this book. I'd like to see it on every suggested reading list for pregnant & postpartum mothers!
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This book is a must for any mom to read, whether new or experienced. It has been a great resource for me as a future post partum doula.
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This book held my proverbial hand through the postpartum period. For clogged ducts, a fussy baby, hormonal swings, nutritional needs, and bigger life questions this book offered calm, moderate, thorough, step-by-step advice for new mothers. I recommend it for all new moms
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This book is really just a wonderful book of wisdom for new mothers, whether it is your first or fifth baby. It is so reassuring, and Aviva truly GETS how you're feeling after this life-altering event, giving birth to a brand new human being. It is best read at the end of pregnancy, to help you get ready for post-partum, and then again for referral during the post-partum phase. There are nutritious recipes, herbal remedy recipes, a complete protocol to follow if you begin to display syptoms of mastitis, lots of wisdom worth understanding and even a note from her husband (for your husband). This book helped me to take the time I needed, to NOT try to jump back into life as I knew it, to NOT try to be supermom, and to just focus on what was really important after the births of both of my children. I give this book to every new mother I know, along with bath herbs from Earth Mama Angel Baby. Aviva's tone is so reassuring and soothing, just what a hormonal new mama needs to read.
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This book is a wealth of information and has recipes, herbal recipes and ideas and advice on making your postpartum the best ever! I read this while pregnant with my third child and I still found a lot of new information. This definitely has a natural parenting approach but is equally beneficial for all "types" of parents.
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