Frequently Asked Questions
Wondering what self-care is? Or whether you have to be a new mom to join Ritual Care? Read below for answers to our most frequently asked questions.
WHAT IS SELF-CARE?
Self-care is the relationship that you have with yourself. Ideally, it includes practices like listening to your needs, balancing information with intuition, and responding to the world . It can be what you do, of course, but it’s also what you say or think. We help moms practice all three.
WHAT IS RITUAL CARE?
Ritual Care is an online self-care studio and coaching practice that helps new moms feel more resilient every day. It’s designed to support women from pregnancy through early, or “pre-K” motherhood (though it’s not limited to this timeframe — keep reading). Our online studio, the Sanctuary, has programs and products — including a Free Library — and offers a free account to any mom who wants to join. Click here to visit the Sanctuary.
WHERE DO I START?
The best way to begin is to sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page. 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. Once you sign up, you’ll have a pretty, private account that stores everything in one place for easy, 24/7 access.
WHAT ABOUT THE FREE CLASS I HEARD ABOUT?
Yes! We do have a free self-care class called “What’s Stopping You From Taking Care of Yourself (and 5 Secret Ways to Stop Your Excuses Instead).” We are making some changes to better serve you, and will add it to the Free Library again when it’s ready.
WHAT IS “EARLY MOTHERHOOD?”
“Early motherhood” describes the time period that starts after the postpartum year, includes toddlerhood, and ends in the “pre-K” stage (around kindgergarten). This isn’t a clinical term, nor is it set in stone — it depends on each mother’s own intuitive definition — but most moms describe feeling like they’re in “early motherhood” when they have babies between age 1 and 5.
WHAT IF I’M NOT A NEW MOM (OR A MOM AT ALL)?
Ritual Care is ideal for:
- pregnant mamas (any trimester),
- postpartum mamas (first year or more of baby’s life), and
- pre-K mamas (toddlers or older, but still young, children).
But, our core principles, core practices, and many strategies can also benefit you if you’re a:
- pre-mama who wants to get pregnant,
- papa or partner who wants to be more informed, effective and helpful, or
- a woman committed to taking better care of yourself and the world around you.
And if you plan on supporting a new mother — as a doula, childcare provider, grandparent, or friend, for instance — we have tools for you, too. Our free, 30-minute mini-course, PPD 101: Essentials for Every New Parent, is a great learning resource for new mama mental health — and it’s great for anyone who loves one. And printables like Doula Secrets for Birth Partners Cheat Sheet and 50 Ways to Help a New Mom and Baby (and more) offer birth doula-directed guidance for helpers. Get them all for free here.
So, no — you do not have to be a mom to benefit from Ritual Care. That said, if you don’t love mamas and babies, though, this may not be the best site for you! ♥