April is International Cesarean Awareness Month, and Wendy Foster is helping women recover in Portland.
In the United States, one out of every three women gives birth via Cesarean section. Whether planned or unplanned, Cesareans are major abdominal surgeries. Many do not understand that maternal recovery can be difficult, both physically and emotionally. Wendy Foster, mom of two from Portland, OR, was one of these women. “After delivering my first baby by unplanned Cesarean, I was surprised at the lack of support and physical guidelines for recovery,” says Foster. After a long and difficult labor, she and her medical team made the call to move forward with a Cesarean birth. Foster delivered a healthy baby boy, but her physical recovery proved difficult. As a Pilates instructor, Foster used her training to reconnect with her body after birth. A desire to share this knowledge with others led her to create the mamalates birth recovery method in 2005. Since then, Foster has dedicated her practice to working exclusively with prenatal and postpartum women. “I’ve found that many women are not aware of the difficulties of Cesarean recovery and often don’t know where to turn for help,” says Foster. “I’m honored to share my experience and to support women’s recoveries with the help of the mamalates method.”
According to Foster, Cesarean recovery should focus on:
- Using the prenatal period to prepare the body for birth and get a head start on recovery
- Modifying movement after birth for a safe recovery and increased chance for VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesarean)
- Returning the body to proper alignment through stretching, strengthening, and myofascial release
- Practicing restorative stretches within the first few weeks postpartum
- Connecting to the core safely through targeted exercises and the use of essential products
- Connecting with baby throughout pregnancy and recovery
In honor of International Cesarean Awareness month in April, mamalates is donating 5% of sales from the mamalates Cesarean Survival Kit to the International Cesarean Awareness Network. The Cesarean Survival Kit provides new moms with instruction on safe, restorative movement, while addressing postpartum pain syndrome. The props and information help relieve low back pain, release scar tissue, and support safe healing. The mamalates Cesarean Survival Kit is available at mamalates.com and retails for $109, on sale for $89.
With a focus on integrated, restorative, mindful movement, pelvic floor exercises and proper alignment, mamalates prepares women physically for pregnancy, helps them recover from birth, and reconnect with their postpartum bodies. Founded by Wendy Foster in 2005 and OB/GYN endorsed. Learn more at mamalates.com. Wendy Foster is the creator of mamalates and the master trainer for all mamalates licensing programs. An internationally certified Pilates instructor, pre/post fitness specialist, and birth recovery expert, Wendy has been teaching Pilates since 1999 and practicing yoga for nearly two decades. She owns a studio in Southeast Portland, OR.