My name is Carrie Gaynor, founder and owner of Marabou LLC.
When I first became pregnant in 2013, I was completely oblivious to the journey that was ahead of me. I understood that my knowledge was limited and I read every empowering book I could get my hands on: Marie Mongan’s Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method, Susan McCutcheon’s Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding from La Leche League, and Heidi Murkoff’s What to Expect When You’re Expecting (of course). As a result, I thrived in pregnancy. And since I was prepared, my labor and delivery were relaxed, peaceful, and everything I’d hoped for.
But no one told me about the postpartum phase! I slowed down; I slept a lot but never enough. My body screamed at me every time I pushed it too hard. But instead of listening, I wondered for weeks upon weeks, When will I be back to normal?! I wish there had been someone to come alongside me to say: This is normal. You are meant to rest. Quit striving. Take your time.
Our world is sprawling more than ever before. Moms, aunties, and grandmas no longer live nearby to support us as we have a new child. On top of that, rest and recuperation are not natural to our society. It’s become impossible in most cases for new mothers to actually take the pauses that they need, especially if they are the sole provider of their family.
This is where we hope Marabou can step in. Our desire is to improve the way we think about the months following childbirth. In a world of who-can-get-back-on-her-feet-the-fastest, we want to encourage moms that they just experienced a major event in their families and bodies. Each new mother deserves a break from her family duties and social obligations so her body can recover and she can mentally process the transition and get to know her new baby.
We want to increase the number of women who receive postpartum doula support. We want after-birth peace and rest to become the norm, so our bodies can recover gracefully and fully. It’s time to take back the postpartum phase!