Bia Don Dia: {bee-a-don-dee-a}

 

 

 

Bia Don Dia is Gaelic for 'food for the God', God the creator, our own creator...our mother. I offer the mother a sacred safe space during pregnancy, birth and postpartum, to unfold & transition from maiden to motherhood. I nourish them & nurture them with traditional postpartum meals & rituals, with the intention of a smooth recovery, emotional support, gentle guidance & creating a loving relationship with their new child.

 

Bia Don Dia was created for all birthing folk. It is here to play an important role in our community, supporting the birthing person & their family during the early weeks of postpartum, a time so magical yet very challenging. 

 

My intention is to deepen the birthing persons' connection with Mother Earth as they journey into their role as a guardian to a new special being, to nurture & nourish them as their body heals from birth, and to create a sacred space for them to bond with their baby.

This is done by eating healing foods, bathing in medicinal herbs and moving through the postpartum period with sustainable living practices.

 

The level of care you receive during this time will impact your health and wellbeing for the rest of your life. The uterus is a powerful & very warm organ. During pregnancy, it has grown more than 15 times its original size to birth your baby. The following weeks after birth, the womb & the surrounding internal organs are slowly healing and returning to their pre-birth state.

 

Once the baby is born the mother is extremely hypersensitive to the environment around them. Whilst your body heals, it is vital that you are properly nourished with warm healing foods, elixirs, and herbs to aid in your recovery.

Until the womb has returned to the similar pre-birth state, it is very important to rest in your home as much as possible. 

This takes 6-8 weeks at the very least. This is a practice used by many cultures around the world for centuries; la cuarentena in Mexico, zuo yuezi in China, jappa in India, sarántisma in Greece, samchilil in Korea. 

 

This approximate 40-day lying-in period is for the mother and baby to rest together and the entire focus is on creating a sacred quiet space for bonding and healing. Cold foods during this time are very limited if included at all. They slow down the body's blood circulation, which therefore makes the body work twice as much to metabolize and put a halt to the recovery process. 

 

You can see on the menu page we have carefully put together traditional postpartum meals, elixirs and herbal teas packed with the nourishment & nutrition your body needs to heal during this period.

The ingredients serve to replenish lost nutrients, aid in milk production, calm the nervous system, and restore energy and warmth to the body after your labor & delivery. 

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About Lisa

Lisa grew up in a rural village in the south-east of Ireland and moved to

California in 2015 where her journey as a birth-keeper and postpartum care provider began.

 

 

Lisa works primarily in alignment with tradition Mexican Medicine, & Celtic traditions.

She is very intentional about upholding the legacy of the traditions with respect to originators of these healing practices. 

 

Lisa is a mother to her precious angel baby; Yahretzi, who has divinely guided her down the path of working in the community with mothers and babies, and newborn son Judah.

 

 

'The level of care you receive during this time will impact your health and wellbeing for the rest of your life.

I simply wish to care for the new parent so they can care for their baby and enjoy the magical first weeks welcoming them into the world'.

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