This lovely book is both a warm embrace and friendly companion, gently guiding the new mother through the first forty days post-partum. As well as offering all sorts of helpful suggestions, tasty recipes and supportive words, I felt its overarching message is that of permission. Permission to step away from the treadmill and expectations of normal life immediately after birth, and to embrace a more private, quiet, restorative time instead. It was a message I didn’t know I was so eager to read – but I am incredibly glad I did. This is a highly recommended book, even for partners and close friends and family of a new mama; there are all sorts of great ideas for practical ways to support your loved one in her emerging new maternal role.