Postpartum Cooking

The postpartum time should be defined by rest and nourishment. One of the beautiful ways we can support our clients during this special time is through cooking nourishing meals. We put strong focus on healthy meals that are packed with nutrients supporting a wholesome nutrition, a strong post-birth recovery, and boosting of milk production if choosing to breastfeed.

If you value home cooked meals, lovingly made with key ingredients that support well rounded nourishment, postpartum healing, recovery and lactation, consider booking our cooking visits. A great bonus is having access to our knowledge and expertise as birth and postpartum doulas.

How does it work?

  1. We receive your inquiry and one of us will reach out to schedule a short consultation.

  2. We schedule the visit.

  3. You pick 1-2 meals from our menu to cook during the visit. See some of our families’ favorites below! We can make recipe adjustments as needed based on your preferences or dietary needs.

  4. You have the ingredients ready and we cook in your kitchen. While the pot is simmering we are available to support you in the ways that are most relevant at that time. See some ideas below!

  5. Each meal typically yields 4-6 portions, which you can store in the fridge and eat with your family or partially freeze if desired.

  6. We leave the kitchen clean at the end of our visit.

What is the cost?

  • $200/visit – plus the cost of ingredients for the meals cooked during the session. There is a min booking of 3 visits.

What else is included in the visit?

Take advantage of our expertise in lactation support and postpartum care! Feel free to prepare questions before our visits. Here are some topics that we can address while the pots are simmering on the stove:

  • Process your birth experience

  • Answer postpartum related questions, provide resources as needed

  • Process your parenting experience

Have more questions? Let’s talk!

NYC Birth Village Menu

Let us nourish you as you nourish your baby and your family transitions into this new beautiful stage of life

All around the world there is a rich culture of postpartum practices, very much focused on rest for the birthing parent and providing specific foods rich in healing nutrients. All of these cultures have a few common principles around food: soft foods that are easy to eat, loaded with protein, minerals, collagen, and spices, all promoting a strong recovery and boosting the milk supply. Many of these meals are soups and stews, simmering slowly over a long period of time, as flavors develop and nutrients are enriching the food, ready to be absorbed easily in a healing warm bowl.

Below are some of our families’ favorites!

Soups

Squash and Red Lentil Soup

A beautiful puree soup of squash and red lentils, mixed with cumin and curry, spices that improve blood circulation and support milk production. 

Ingredients:

  • Sesame oil, onion, squash, cumin, curry, broth, red lentils, soy sauce, optional nutritional yeast

Root Vegetables, Greens and Quinoa Soup

Loaded with root vegetables, spinach and chard, and with added  protein from quinoa, this soup is nourishing and healing. An easy and delicious way to absorb a lot of iron from the greens, so much needed during pregnancy and in the post-birth recovery process.

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil, onion, parsnips, turnips, potato, broth, spinach, Swiss chard, quinoa

Chicken Soup with Shiitake Mushrooms

This soup is packed with nutrition! During the slow simmering process the broth absorbs the great nutrients of chicken meat and bones, shiitake mushrooms, as well as the aromatics of onion, garlic, ginger, lemon, and chili. A warm comfort food with immune boosting properties.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken thighs and drumsticks, broth, onion, garlic, chili, ginger, shiitake mushrooms, lemon juice, optional goji berries

Stews and Entrees

Chicken or Sausage Stew with Vegetables and Grains

This is a hearty stew, a complete meal packed with proteins, vegetables and grains. Choose your meat, your grain of choice and your favorite greens!

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil, onion, chicken or sausage, loads of vegetables, broth, greens, grains

Stewed Chicken or Pork with Dried Apricots and Prunes

This dish is not only delicious but has great digestive properties! It supplies protein from the meat, the great fiber of dried fruits, and the anti-inflammatory properties of the spices. Goes great with rice or couscous, for a complete meal!

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil, chicken or pork, onion, garlic, turmeric, cumin, broth, dried apricots, prunes

Ginger Fried Rice

The richness of bacon coupled with the crispy rice and the aromatics of ginger and garlic make this an amazing dish. This is a favorite for our families!

Ingredients:

  • Rice, sesame oil, bacon, garlic, ginger, eggs, scallions

White Beans, Tomato and Lamb Pasta

This is a rich pasta dish, that provides plenty of protein from the meat and the beans, comforting carbs from the pasta and all in all it’s a delicious meal for the whole family.

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil, onion, garlic, ground lamb, tomatoes, cannellini beans, feta cheese, oregano, basil, pasta of choice

Chili with beans, meat and vegetables

Chili is always a favorite meal, as it packs so much protein from the meat and the beans, and it’s delicious on its own with a crusty bread, or over rice, and of course you can add all your favorite toppings.

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil, onion, garlic, ground meat of choice, tomato sauce, sweet potatoes, corn, beans, spices

Frittata

This delicious dish can act as a meal or a snack, and it provides protein, fats, as well as lots of vegetables and greens. We add in your favorite vegetables!

Ingredients:

  • Eggs, milk, cheese, and lots of vegetables, such as onions, peppers, broccoli, spinach

Drinks and Snacks

Lactation Tea

This potent tea absorbs the lactation boosting qualities of the seeds and provides much needed hydration in those early days post birth.

Ingredients:

  • Cardamon, fennel, fenugreek, cumin , cinnamon bark 

Energy Bites

A great snack full of nutrients that stays at room temperature for days. Busy moms who spend many hours of the day and night breastfeeding can easily forget about their own needs. Sometimes it is a lifesaver to have these snacks on your breastfeeding station!

Ingredients:

  • Oatmeal, flax meal, coconut flakes, peanut butter, honey, vanilla essence, chocolate chips

Nuts and Seeds Granola

This granola is a beautiful mix of nuts, seeds and healthy fats that go so well with a warm porridge or over yogurt – or just a snack on its own!

Ingredients:

  • Almonds, walnuts, pecans, shredded coconut, sunflower seeds, flax-seed meal, butter or coconut oil, maple syrup

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