Welcoming Shailey + Post Partum













Shailey, our beautiful second baby girl was born on December 31, 2017 at 6:13 am. She was born in the water at home in a technically unassisted homebirth (we called the midwives a little too late and they arrived 5 minutes after she was born!). It was such a magical experience and I am just so over the moon happy with my birth. I had already felt so empowered after I gave birth naturally to Sareena 2 years prior, and now this experience felt like something out of this world. I was going to write Shailey’s birth story like I did for Sareena, but I realized there really wasn’t much to write because it happened so fast…

It was such a fast labor (less than 4 hours), my water broke after we came home from an outing at the aquarium, I started getting contractions, Sameer supported me throughout labor just like a doula, and then I was overcome by an alien force and felt my body start to push on its own(without knowing how dilated I was!). I then jumped in the pool, got on all fours and out popped Shailey’s head, and then her body followed a few minutes later and she just came right out and we plopped her right onto my chest in my arms immediately. The midwives arrived a few minutes after she was born, and it was perfect. Seriously, it was so magical just staring into the eyes of our beautiful Shailey, knowing how hard she worked to get to me. To say I felt empowered was an understatement.

But despite the copious amounts of energy I felt and the feeling as if I didn’t even give birth (I never felt sore and I didn’t really bleed much) I knew I had to respect the post-partum healing process.

I adhered very well to the first 40 days rule, as outline by this book. I made sure I ate only warming, nourishing foods that included lots of warming spices and broths and soups. In fact, I ordered a meal service from the author of this book and fell in love with her soups! I continued with the soup delivery the last few weeks of my 40 days.

But the most rewarding and I’d say vital aspect of the post partum period I did was self care. I had the most wonderful experience with Princess Doula’s Premium Belle Bind services. She started each session by applying a paste of warming spices on my belly, then gave me an amazing body massage and rub down while playing a soothing, guided meditation. She incorporated aromatherapy and gifted me with the coziest plush socks during each session to keep extra warm. After that I felt so refreshed and enlightened as each meditation was so applicable to motherhood. She then bound me in her wrap, and I instantly felt like my organs were in proper place. I did 5 sessions with her, spaced 2 days apart each session and it’s crazy what a difference these sessions made! I went from looking 5 months pregnant to pretty much completely flat after our last session.

I was soooo sad when our sessions had come to an end, Princess is such a beautiful person both inside and out and she truly taught me the importance of self care. It’s something I’ve now been working toward maintaining for life now, whether it’s as indulgent as booking a massage therapist at home once in a while, or as simple as listening to a short meditation in the morning before I start the day. Little acts of self care have made such a huge difference in my attitude and being able to handle the challenges that come with being a mom of two under two… and my girls deserve a confident, happy and relaxed mommy. I wouldn’t have taken the much needed steps toward self care if it weren’t for Princess and her incredible belle binding experience. It’s something every single mother should try! Even now, six months later, her practices have now become a regular routine with me and I couldn’t be happier to do so!

The Belle Bind Experience

Photos by Miranda North

  • http://www.busyandfab.com Mercy

    What a beautiful photos, I like that you can’t see anything else but you and your family. How adorable is Shailey, she’s as pretty as Sareena. I honestly haven’t heard of post partum bind services, sounds really cool and I wish I had this luxury when I gave birth to any of my 3 sons. Labour is getting easier and shorter each time, my first one was 3 days, the second was 6 hours and the last one was only 2 hours. So much magic happening with this kind of events happening in our lives. Nice to visit your blog again, have a fun week.

    • http://www.SHVETA.com Shveta Sontakey

      Aw thank you, Mercy!! and WOW a 2 hour labor with your third sounds intense and amazing!! <3

  • http://littleglitterybox.com Simone

    Very adorable shots! You are such a cute family.

    xx Simone

    Little Glittery Box

    • http://www.SHVETA.com Shveta Sontakey

      thank you, simone <3

  • http://www.qustomquinns.com Quinn

    Oh my goodness congratulations to you and your husband, Shveta! You are so blessed with two gorgeous children. Shailey’s birth sounds so ideal – you’re definite momspo. So glad you indulged in some self-care post partum, you deserve it!

    xx http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

    • http://www.SHVETA.com Shveta Sontakey

      Awww thank you, Quinn! <3

  • http://yukovablog.co.uk Yuliya at Yukova Blog

    Congratulations and well done on being such a beautiful, young and happy mum of two! I am wishing all the best to you and your family xxx

    • http://www.SHVETA.com Shveta Sontakey

      Thank you, Yuliya! <3

  • http://www.aglassofice.com Gabrielle

    Oh my gosh, these images are so pure and beautiful! Your styling is always so utterly gentle and angelic – idea for a family photoshoot :) How lovely you’re placing more focus on self care now in your life too; what a lovely message to this post!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Worldwide Giveaway: Hotel Chocolat Luxe Selection Box! x

    • http://www.SHVETA.com Shveta Sontakey

      Aww thank you so much, Gabrielle! I always look forward to your posts and comments <3

  • http://notjessfashion.com/ Jessica

    What a gorgeous family! Congrats dear, wishing your family all the best!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • http://www.SHVETA.com Shveta Sontakey

      Thank you so much, Jessica! <3

  • http://banglesandbungalows.com Yasmin Hakim

    Wow sounds like such a rewarding experience. A quick birth is what most mother’s dream of. That’s great that the postpartum was manageable as well. Those soups sound and the sessions with Princess sound like a great way to transition into the next phase and the flat belly doesn’t hurt either ;P Congrats again!

    xx Yasmin


  • Dominique

    Oh my goodness this post is so wonderful, thank you so much for sharing your experience! Your family looks so beautiful and you look incredible. Just beautiful xx


    • http://www.SHVETA.com Shveta Sontakey

      Aw thank you so much, Dominique! <3

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    You look amazing after giving birth!! What a beautiful family! I love these photos!
    Happy weekend! :=)
    Much love, Len

  • Meredith

    You and your family are so, so beautiful. Congrats!


  • http://www.theglossychic.com The Glossychic

    your photos are so beautiful
    The Glossychic

    • http://www.SHVETA.com Shveta Sontakey

      Thank you so much, love! <3

  • Whitney V

    What a gorgeous article, my beautiful! Congrats on the new addition to the family and thanks for sharing your story, truly inspiring!

    Love from London,


    • http://www.SHVETA.com Shveta Sontakey

      Aww thank you so much, Whit! <3

  • http://www.jeannechristinemarie.blogspot.com Jeanne

    Omg, you always have the most stunning family photos! You look so beautiful! Congratulations on your little one!


    • http://www.SHVETA.com Shveta Sontakey

      You are so sweet! Thank you, Jeanne <3