About Village for Mama

Village for Mama is a resource dedicated to supporting new mothers during the postpartum period. We offer a range of postpartum resources including our renowned recipe book with practical recipe gift cards to help gather community support for new mothers, ensuring they receive the nourishment and care they need. We also have digital resources and recipe books.

Village for Mama was founded by Leila Armour during her own postpartum period after she was inspired by an interview with Dr. Oscar Serrallach. She recognised the lack of support for mothers during the postpartum period and created Village for Mama to address this gap, focusing on community and nourishment. You can learn more about our story here

We believe that the last place new mothers should be is in the kitchen. All postpartum pillars (rest, recovery and nourishment) rely on support. Our unique approach combines practical recipes with community-building recipe gift cards. This not only provides nourishment for new mothers but also encourages friends and family to actively participate in postpartum care, fostering a modern village of support.

Village for Mama is designed for new mothers, second-time mums, more time mums, doulas, midwives, and anyone in the motherhood care sphere. Our resources are meant to help anyone looking to support new mothers during the crucial fourth trimester.

More often than not, we refer to the period of time following the birth of a baby as the ‘Postpartum Period’. This is actually a term used in Western medicine to indicate the amount of time it takes for a mother’s hormone levels and uterus to return to their non-pregnant state. This is typically 6 weeks and then despite it taking a whole 9 months to grow a baby, new mothers are expected to ‘bounce back’ and move on. The fourth trimester is the three months following the birth of a baby. Originally it referred to the development of the baby, the time when newborns adjust to life outside the womb. Now it is more commonly used to refer to a mother’s transition into motherhood, when both mother and baby are as vulnerable as one another.It is a critical time for a mother’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being as she recovers from birth and adjusts to motherhood.

About the book

The recipe book includes 30 nourishing recipes specifically designed for postpartum care. Each recipe comes with a gift card, providing practical tips and encouraging friends and family to prepare meals for the new mother.

You can purchase the recipe book directly from our website. Visit our Products page for more details and to place your order. We have a range of stockists around Australia, New Zealand and the UK, you can find a list of locations on our Stockists page. 

Our recipes are designed to be adaptable for various dietary preferences. We include options and suggestions for modifications to suit vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets. Our One Handed Bites for Postpartum and Beyond recipe ebook has a very limited range of Vegan recipes.

Absolutely! Our recipe book makes a thoughtful and practical gift for new mothers. The included gift cards make a wonderful activity at a baby shower or mother’s blessing. We can also send a gift wrapped copy and hand written card to a mama for you. You can purchase a copy as a gift, be sure to leave a note at checkout.

Unfortunately we do not offer a digital version of the Village for Mama Book. This is because we see it as more of a resource than a recipe book and the recipe cards and door sign do not translate to a digital version.

Community and support

Village for Mama fosters community by encouraging friends, family, and neighbors to support new mothers through our recipe gift cards. By preparing meals and offering help, they become part of the mother’s modern village.

There are many ways to contribute, from sharing your postpartum experiences and recipes to supporting new mothers in your area. 

Postpartum care

A mother’s wellbeing is crucial to the health of future generations, which is why supporting her during the fourth trimester is just as important as during pre-conception and pregnancy.

Unfortunately, many mothers today are navigating this critical time without the community support they need.

During pregnancy, a woman’s body prioritises her baby’s needs, even creating an entire new organ—the placenta—to nourish and support her growing child.

This immense effort can leave new mothers feeling extremely depleted and tired just as they begin their journey into motherhood.

New parents typically lose around 1500 hours of sleep in their baby’s first year, and breastfeeding mothers spend approximately 1800 hours feeding. If a mother doesn’t get enough nutrients, her body will use its own reserves to ensure her breastmilk is sufficient for her baby.

This nearly two-year period, where a mother’s body primarily focuses on her baby’s needs, highlights the critical importance of postpartum care.

Proper nourishment, rest, and emotional support can significantly impact her physical health, mental health, and ability to care for her baby.

Key aspects of postpartum care include support, rest, warmth, propper recovery, nourishment and hydration. Our resources include a deep dive into the postpartum pillars to help you enjoy a well supported and well nourished fourth trimester. Our recipe book addresses the nutritional needs, while our online village fosters a sense of community and emotional support.

Friends and family can support a new mother by preparing nourishing meals, helping with household chores, offering to babysit older children, and providing emotional support. Our recipe gift cards are a great way to coordinate a postpartum meal train. Our recipe book is a perfect gift for a new mum for her baby shower or mother’s blessing.

Common challenges include physical recovery, breastfeeding difficulties, sleep deprivation, hormonal changes, and feelings of isolation. Having a strong support system can help alleviate some of these challenges.

Our recipes are specifically designed to provide the necessary nutrients for postpartum recovery. They focus on ingredients that are nutrient dense, support healing, breastfeeding and the overall wellbeing of mamas.

Endorsements and testimonials

Village for Mama is endorsed by respected professionals such as Dr. Oscar Serrallach and Luka McCabe. Their support underscores the credibility and value of our approach to postpartum care.

You can read testimonials from mothers who have benefited from our resources on our Love Letters page. These stories highlight the positive impact of our community-focused approach.

General information

You can contact us through our Contact page. We’d love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have.

We love collaborating with aligned brands and businesses and supporting upcoming magic in the postpartum and motherhood space. Get in touch via our Media Page

Village for Mama is a one mama band and the business is my fourth baby. If you need support please email hello@villageformama.com

I tend to get back within 24 hours but please allow up to 72 hours. If the enquiry is urgent, please include URGENT in the subject line.

Yes, we offer a return policy for defective or damaged items. Please visit our Return Policy page for more information.

Yes, once your order is shipped, you will receive a tracking number via email. 

We welcome your feedback! You can share your thoughts and suggestions through our contact page.

Yes, we frequently host events and workshops focused on postpartum care and community building. Keep an eye on the Journal for latest updates and to register.

Stay updated by subscribing to our newsletter and following us on Instagram. We regularly share news, tips, and updates with our community.

Motherhood Specialists

Doulas and postpartum specialists can integrate our recipe book into their services by recommending it to their clients and using the recipe gift cards to coordinate community support. We offer wholesale options to anyone who works in the birth and motherhood space as well as our affiliate program. 

Yes, we are always open to partnerships and collaborations with professionals in the motherhood space. Please get in touch via our contact form

still have questions?

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

We’re here to support you and ensure every new mother feels embraced by her village.

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