Restoring Your Vitality After Giving Birth, with Kimberly Johnson

What does restoring your vitality after birth even mean? Is restoring the same as “getting your body back”? What are the five universal needs towards restoration? How can you prepare for the profound experience of codependency that’s coming your way, within a culture that’s obsessed with self-sufficiency? Kimberly Johnson shares the simple answer. Check it out.


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What we talked about:

  • What does “restoring your vitality” even mean?
  • Un-shaming the body
  • How long will this take?
  • How postpartum takes the lid off your unresolved issues
  • The five universal needs during postpartum
  • Setting up your support
  • Creating a postpartum plan and having a code word for mental health
  • The connection between your mental health and your pelvic floor (and vice versa)
  • When to book your pelvic PT appointment
  • The need for gathering
  • Preparing for a profound experience of codependence
  • Learn to truly rest


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About Kimberly Ann Johnson

Kimberly Ann Johnson is a Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Experiencing trauma resolution practitioner, birth doula, and single mom. She specialized in helping women prepare for birth, recover from birth injuries and birth trauma, and heal from sexual trauma. She is the founder of, an international holistic women’s health care resource for expectant and new mothers. She is the co-founder of the STREAM School for Postpartum Care, where she trains birth professionals, yoga teachers, somatic therapists, and bodyworkers to help women prepare for birth and recover from birth. She is the author of The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions and Restoring Your Vitality, which is out now on Shambhala Press.

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