Postpartum Education Lesson 1: The History of Motherhood

Postpartum Education? Yep! Like childbirth education but for the bit afterwards.

We often joke that preparing for birth is like preparing for a wedding, it’s really, really important not to forget that there will be an actual marriage (or a baby!) at the end of it. Motherhood is a life long commitment, yet in our culture we are often so fixated on the birth that we don’t prepare for what happens next, which is actually the whole point, right?!

This is an old video series I created as postpartum education for pregnant couples. It’s based on a free postpartum education class I used to teach every month in my local area and then turned into a series of videos. The videos were locked up in an old course, and my professional students were loving them so much they asked if they could share it with their pregnant clients. I decided to publish the video series on my blog so every pregnant couple could easily access free postpartum education. This is the first of three lessons.

These are quite a few years old now and out of date in some ways. Please excuse the old branding, and I have updated the information underneath each individual lesson where I feel it is needed.

 
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The History of Motherhood Worksheet

Updates to old content for video one:
The Jared Diamond quote is from research originally done by Sarah Blaffer-Hardy. She is a great resource on the anthropology of mothering, and specifically allo-parenting.


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