Meet Kelly Newsome Georges, Founder
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WHO ARE YOU?
I’m a self-care educator and coach for mothers with small children, especially during stressful transitions like postpartum, moving, blending families, and more. In particular, I love working with postpartum moms making the 1:2 baby transition — because it’s chaos, nobody tells you, and there’s little-to-no support since everyone (even mom) says “oh, it’s not the first baby, it’s fine!”
But it’s more complicated than that. There are different challenges for second-time (or more) moms, and self-care is crucial to getting through them successfully. I also help dads support mom and baby throughout the early years. Before this, I was a birth and postpartum doula, a private prenatal yoga teacher, and a coach focusing on my educational background, neurophysiology and psychology.
Personally, I’m a “single married mama” living in between Paris and Provence with my spectacular toddler and precious infant, wife to a Frenchman who lives in England, and stepmom to three brilliant bonus kids. (C’est compliqué, eh?)
WHAT IS RITUAL CARE… AND WHY DID YOU CREATE IT?
Ritual Care is a “no-cliche self-care™” company for early motherhood. I created it because moms — and new moms, especially — always hear “take care of yourself!” But how? How do you use self-care to build resilience — which is the fuel for motherhood — and not just as a quick fix? How do you take care of yourself once you’re taking care of a tiny human? Especially when you already have one or more children to look after, too? Every product I create — usually from my couch, with my two hands glued to my laptop (and sometimes, chocolate) — it’s all designed to help you answer that question. Motherhood is work, but it doesn’t have to feel so hard. And the right self-care rituals make everything easier.
IS IT TRUE THAT YOU’VE BEEN OBSESSED WITH BIRTH SINCE YOU WERE 9 YEARS OLD… BUT THEN BECAME A LAWYER?
Yes! My mom gave birth to my brother, Michael, at home, by accident. He started coming out as she was walking through the front door. My dad delivered him in the back of our red Volvo station wagon! I didn’t see everything, but I sure heard it — and that sealed the deal for me. I started reading everything I could get my hands on about birth. I loved it, but never thought of it as “work”… so I became a mergers & acquisitions attorney instead. It took a while to find my way back to my calling, but I did.
WHAT IS THE SELF-CARE TRIAD™?
Over the years, I got really frustrated with all of the quick-fix self-care paradigms I saw in the wellness world. The strategies weren’t focused on the long-term, and I eventually I started hearing women say that “self-care doesn’t work.” Inspired by that, I created the Triad as a multi-pronged approach to conscious self-caring — using my background in bodywork, brain science, and intuitive healing. Moms learn to balance intellectual thinking with intuition and instinct — two overlooked, critical sources of wisdom for well-being. It’s a practical, customizable, easy self-care template that offers both the short-term relief moms want, and the long-term resilience they need.
HOW DOES “BRAIN SCIENCE” FIT INTO THE RITUAL CARE PHILOSOPHY?
Whether I’m working with a private client or creating a new product, I use the Triad — a blend of instinct, intuition, and intellect. This translates into a blend of bodywork, intuitive healing, and brain science. The result is a multi-pronged approach to helping moms regulate their nervous systems, and lead less-stressed lives. The brain science bit is founded mainly in the Polyvagal Theory, a brilliant construct that, when applied to my work today, helps explain how and why self-care works. I first learned about this brilliant theory 20 years ago from Stephen Porges, the scientist who created it (and my thesis advisor in college). Today, it’s recognized for providing incredible insight to how we can manage stress, our responses to trauma triggers, and more.
HOW CAN MOMS GET STARTED WITH RITUAL CARE?
The best way to begin is to sign up for our newsletter (below). Then, check out our online self-care studio, the Sanctuary (both below), with programs (including private coaching) and a full, free library of resources for pregnancy, postpartum, and early motherhood.
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Head to our online self-care studio to see programs and products, including the Free Library of birth, postpartum, and mom resilience-building resources.
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