Nourishing mama & family during the postpartum period is sacred work
The first precious weeks & months following birth are a time for warmth, care, and quiet. The birth process opens the body to it's wildest capacities and undoubtedly requires every ounce of a mother. After the full on journey to bring life into the world a mama needs rest. Since time immemorial there has been reverent attention paid to the care of new mothers & families. Many traditions believe that the postpartum period lays a foundation for the rest of one's life. As much as possible, it is important to slow down and cocoon. It is a time to lean into support while you rejuvenate. One of the most important parts of postpartum care is a consistent & supportive diet of warm nourishing food and herbs.
Postpartum care is vital across all cultures.
Somewhere along all of our ancestral lines, hopefully not too far back, there were those who knew what to give new mothers. There were those who picked flowers & simmered roots into all kinds of steams, teas, & baths. There were those who knew which spices to grind into bowls of cooked grains to support the flow of breast milk, which flowers help soothe the womb, & how to simmer richly restorative broths. These traditions are a delicate art that lay the foundation for postpartum & lifelong wellbeing.
The dietary needs of a new mama are special. The entire body is in a sensitive state after birth. It takes time to close up the womb, rekindle the digestive fire, & build back up the stores of vitality used to usher life in to the world. There is a greater need for nutrient dense, easily digestible, & warm foods particularly. Although there used to be a clear set of recipes, remedies, & rituals each culture had in place to take care of a new mama, for many that wisdom now feels faded in the background of modernity. Even when we have established networks of support in our communities, whether it be a meal train, group thread, or caring mother who stays with us after birth, the truth is, many people just don't know what to feed a new mother. Many people don't know about the unique needs of someone who just gave birth.
That's where I come in.
I am Kearsley Tate Schweller & I am a Postpartum Chef & Herbalist
I specialize in tending the sensitive needs of new mothers through nourishing meals & herbal medicines.
I have spent years studying Ayurveda, herbalism, food traditions, & women's medicine. I have apprenticed myself to the path of the Mama Bear, learning and polishing my innate gifts for nurturing and nourishing. It is a great joy and heartfelt honor to extend that care to others through postpartum meal & medicine delivery. While you or your family are giving insurmountable attention to your bundle of joy, let me help take care of you. I offer my Mama Bear Postpartum Care to the community in and around Asheville, NC on the territory of the Tsalaguwetiyi // Eastern Cherokee
Mama Bear Postpartum Care
Waxing Moon Care: A week by week meal & medicine delivery service
Full Moon Care: A one month comprehensive care package
Offerings for both packages include an array of organic and locally sourced meals made to restore the body, build up energy, promote breast milk, & provide comfort. I deeply believe in supporting a small scale & localized food economy and prioritize sourcing as much of my ingredients as possible from local farmers and growers. Produce will often be coming from the local farmers market and animal products often come from my neighbors down the street or trusted farmers who raise their animals on pasture.
Nourishing food begins with quality ingredients and extends into
time honored techniques of cooking.
My style of cooking is best described as a slow simmer- I like to do things the old and slow way, ensuring every meal is crafted with care. Following in the Nourishing Traditions path, I tend to small details like soaking all grains or nuts & only working with unrefined sugars like raw honey & maple syrup. Real delicious & real honest food that our grandmothers would recognize. My work is best suited for mamas and families open to eating nourishing animal based meals & I can also comfortably accommodate for gluten free, sugar free, lactose free, & vegetarian diets.
Rest easy, mama, you've done such amazing work,
I'm here to help.
Let's talk about nurturing you.
"Kearsley supported me for 3 months postpartum. I adored her warm presence and how I could rely on her food to always be nourishing, locally sourced, and interwoven with healing herbs in a truly beautiful and delicious way. Being nourished to this level was an absolute blessing- every mother deserves such care & I recommend her with a full heart (& belly!)"