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Winter 2016

A word from the Team,

Today we celebrate winter solstice, marking the time for withdraw and reflection. More people are aware of the relevance for ceremonies and rites of passages. Marking a new season, a union between partners, or the birth of a new human being. Some of these seasonal or personal ceremonies ask for a open celebrative nature with families and friends gathering to widness important events. But some transition periods ask for more subtile and intimate attention. During our Postnatal Doula training in October in the Netherlands we widnessed the strength and deep healing nature of a postnatal ritual. For the mother that underwent a hot herbal steam bath and the twenty singing participants who where touched by the power of such an event. 

Today we are marking a special moment of transition as our charities organisation moved from UK to the Netherlands. With Timo Gubbens and Annemarie Smits as new board members, we feel empowered to dedicate more time and talent for mothers, fathers and supporters.

During our Annual Board meeting in the Netherlands coming February,  we open the space for introduction and sharing. So join us if you can, on Saturday the 4th of Februari from 14.00 to 18.00 in Amsterdam. Show your interest on the facebook event or send an email to for updates on agenda and location.

Best regards, 
Ingrid Bal

Project manager of the Postnatal Support Network charity


  • Invitation; Network meeting in Amsterdam
  • Yogic background of the Postnatal Support Network
  • The food principles
  • Words from a mother

Network meeting in Amsterdam

As many of our board members live all over Europe, we are committed to meet each year in a different city to discuss strategy, processes, training content and funding. This year we meet in Amsterdam. As our dutch community is very active and growing in supporters and coordinators all over the country we would like to take this opportunity to meet, share and inspire eachother. 

So join us if you can, on Saturday the 4th of Februari from 14.00 to 18.00 in Amsterdam. Show your interest on the facebook event or send an email to Once you confirm your interest, you will receive updates of the location and program. 

Food Principles

According the Ayurveda principles, where we base much of our knowledge on, the mother has an excessive amount of vata/ air in her body after birth. The organs, muscles and bones have given space for another human body to grow until it is ready to birth. It gives a feeling of emptiness, not feeling complete. Also the mother has used up much of her fire/ pitta during labor, which explains the shivers and coldness the days after birth.
We believe that food can be the best way to give healing and rejuvenation for the other. It can reduce the access of air in the body, provide warmth and promote the milk production. Please find some of our guidelines. We are curious to hear your favorite recipe so that we can share this. 

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Yogic background of the Postnatal Support Network


With a growing interest and offering of birth and postpartum trainings, teachers and initiatives, we realise its important to be open about our background and resources for postnatal support. Our work is deeply rooted in the kundalini yoga teachings from Yogi Bhajan...

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Support Requests

Netherlands- Utrecht: A mother of two children is giving birth to her baby medio June 2017. She is looking for sweet and knowledgable part time support. There is a minimum fee plus travel expenses available. They have an extra room in case the helper would like to stay, they live central Utrecht with easy access to public transport. Please send us a message in case you feel inspired and have some spare time left to assist.

Netherlands- Alkmaar: A family with two children and one baby on the way would like to organise a lift service to drive the oldest son to school. They life about 10 kilometers out of town and the son goes to a Steiner school in Alkmaar. 
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