Life After Birth: A Parent’s Holistic Guide for Thriving in the Fourth Trimester by Diane Speier

What happens after a baby is born? Most parents prepare for birth, but not for what happens after birth.

This book offers practical guidance and lots of information and resources organized in six sections: The Fourth Trimester; The Dynamics of Hormones and the Stress Response; Breastfeeding; Bonding and Attachment; Nurture Your Partner Relationship; What’s Next?

This is the first book on the postnatal period to incorporate energy medicine techniques and protocols for health and wellbeing. Primarily focused on the mother, there’s loads of information for partners, who are instrumental to the transition to parenthood.


Diane S Speier, PhD, practices psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, specializing in perinatal psychology, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and recovering from birth trauma. Diane is also a celebrant, co-creating ceremonies with her clients that mark life’s significant transitions, helping to restore the sacred nature of life-changing events.

Before immigrating to the UK, Diane was the founder/director of The Family Tree Centre for Parents in New York, offering classes, groups and workshops for prospective and new parents for 20 years. Diane became a certified childbirth educator and started attending births as a doula in 1978. Diane is the author of the book Life After Birth: A Parent’s Holistic Guide for Thriving in the Fourth Trimester (Praeclarus Press, 2019) drawing on her 40+ years of experience to help parents make a smooth transition from pregnancy to parenthood. Digital Doula®2.0, its companion app, is designed to complement and supplement the book with additional material and resources not included in the book, and brings the links in the book to life. The app is a virtual doula, available at any time of day or night!

In 2022, Diane is introducing an online course on thriving in the fourth trimester, an 8 module preparation for life after birth covering the range of experiences new parents encounter. Diane is an international speaker at conferences on a range of subjects related to childbirth, the postnatal period, perinatal mental health, and parenting.

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