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Meet the Doula: Lindsey Ehlers from Austin, Texas

Meet Lindsey Ehlers

Meet Lindsey Ehlers. Lindsey is a postpartum doula and mother in Austin, Texas. Before becoming a doula, she wore many hats: from working in special education as a therapist to being a braille transcriptionist. In our Meet the Doulas series, Lindsey shares why she became a doula and the importance of a community during such a vulnerable period in a birthing person’s postpartum journey. She also offers helpful reminders that it's okay when postpartum does not look like a perfect Instagram post, and that it's okay to allow others to help relieve some of your burdens.

Can you tell us a little about your own experience as a parent?

Who I am as a parent varies from day to day. I try to be somewhere in the middle on the major things like discipline, structure, attachment, eating, and hygiene. I’ve learned to give myself grace in parenthood because it's a learning experience for me too.

Why did you become a doula?

I became a doula because what society implies is normal after birth (being able to carry on with minimal physical or emotional support), puts families in a very vulnerable and at-risk place. It can set them up to feel as if they have failed or aren’t cutting it. In reality sleep deprivation is hard and is recognized in any other context as a health hazard. As the world becomes more electronically connected vs physically connected, parents need access to more community based resources when their own families may not be as accessible. Doula work can give physical help and resources to a client.  I see it as a way to bring the idea of care that exists in other cultures that have very low rates of postpartum depression and anxiety, into a culture that values self-sufficiency. Ultimately I want to see happy and joyous newborn parents instead of ones that are just surviving the newborn phase. I give clients the space to rest and recover so that the “doing” of postpartum becomes bonding with the baby instead of worrying about dishes and laundry.

What are some of your favorite self care rituals for postpartum?

Food all the way. People need to be fed and fed well postpartum. Physical wellness is how you do the physical challenges of postpartum. It’s the foundation for emotional wellness. It's much easier to feel love and warmth for your baby who keeps you up all night if you're eating something that nurtures your body. I am so excited that Ritual Meals exists and taps into other food cultures that take postpartum much more seriously. As a postpartum doula I recommend Ritual Meals to all my clients and I gift it to every birthing family that I know.

What stands out to you when working with first time vs. second time mothers, birthing people, and parents?

I think second-time parents know what they are getting into. That experience has given them strategies or knowledge to handle it or left them with a desire to get some help. Oftentimes I’m helping out second-time parents with more practical work like dishes or laundry while my first-time parents need more newborn care information like breastfeeding or swaddling.

What are your best tips for postpartum care?

My best tip for postpartum care is to plan ahead. To really look at yourself and at your day to day life to determine the things that are stressors for you. Finding time and energy to address your stressors like unwashed dishes will just be more difficult while taking care of your baby.  Then look at who's in your life who would be willing to do those things for you with no spoken or unspoken strings attached.  Then schedule those things before the baby gets here. Don’t be afraid to love yourself enough to fill in those gaps by hiring it out whether it's meal delivery, a postpartum doula, or a housekeeper. I would much rather help a client come up with a support plan before the baby arrives and not be needed as much post birth.

Do you have any advice for new mothers or birthing people experiencing postpartum anxiety or depression?

From personal experience, I can say that there is nothing that a parent could tell me that would be any scarier than what I have told myself. Those negative thoughts have tremendous power held inside. When they are relinquished out, they have tremendous power to heal. It’s OK if your postpartum journey isn’t a pretty Facebook or Instagram post. It’s highs and lows. Postpartum doula services can help keep those lows just lows instead of depression. If someone has a history of depression or anxiety I always recommend some kind of postpartum doula service, even if it's just a virtual zoom call. Should something become depression or anxiety, you are not alone. Postpartum depression and anxiety may not be “normal” but it is common. It can be recovered from. Your feelings don’t dictate your worth as a parent. Any of these sites below are great places to start to find resources and support:

The Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Alliance of Texas

Postpartum Health Alliance

Postpartum Support International

What's the worst advice you've heard for postpartum & early motherhood or parenthood?

It's usually some form of “This won’t last forever” or “they are not babies forever”. For me it invokes the idea that you're supposed to pull yourself up by your bootstraps until it's over. It doesn’t help the quality of life of the person having a hard moment right now. I would much rather take some of that burden off their shoulders by doing a task for them so that they can be more present and connected in those special moments of babyhood.

What's the best advice you've heard for postpartum & early motherhood or parenthood?

That loving your baby or your family doesn’t mean that you have to love yourself less. It’s OK to not do the “best” thing (according to Facebook, Instagram, friends, your mother) if there is something else that is best for you, your sanity, or individuality. Minimize Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Dr. Google. None of those people have a medical degree or live your life.

Any closing advice for someone who's about to become a new mother or parent?

I often tell people to very loosely hold expectations or whatever they have pictured for life with a baby. Your baby is who your baby is. Your baby will do what your baby does and it likely won’t look like what other people’s babies do.  You are who you are as a parent. You won’t know that until you live it and learn it. That doesn’t start until after the baby arrives. By holding expectations loosely you can trust yourself to see whatever your baby is doing and make the best decision without trying to live up to a standard.


If you enjoyed reading this, check out our other blog post, Meet the Doula: Allison Cline from Austin, Texas!




Lindsey Ehlers is a certified Postpartum Doula servicing the South Austin and Dripping Springs area.


Instagram: @nurturedconnectedpostpartum




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Have more questions about Ritual Meals? View our frequently asked questions below.

  • What is Ritual Meals?

    Ritual Meals is a postpartum meal delivery service. Our signature postpartum meal delivery product is The Postpartum Program, which includes meals, snacks, and teas shipped weekly to your doorstep. Customers receive orders with all the fresh meals, snacks, and teas you need to enjoy nourishing postpartum food prepared by our chefs. We save you the time and energy of going to the grocery store, finding new recipes, meal planning, and portioning.

    Our talented chefs work with our Wellness Team to create new menus each week for you, based on what’s seasonally available from our community of local farms and ranches. We use the highest quality ingredients which are organic or pesticide free produce and grass-fed or pasture-raised animals.

  • What are the benefits of postpartum food and Ritual Meals?

    We understand that, as a new mom, you've got one of the hardest jobs in the world—so we created The Postpartum Program to help you heal and feel your best after giving birth. Our postpartum meals are nutritionally designed to support your physical recovery, energy levels, hormonal balance, milk supply and quality, and mood. At Ritual Meals, we are serious about supporting your postpartum nourishment and postpartum wellness journey. Everything we cook is made with the highest quality, whole food ingredients, good for you and your baby, whether or not you are breastfeeding.

    Our postpartum nutrition philosophy is focused on food as medicine.

    Our postpartum meals include both plated food and soups and stews which are more easily digestible and improve absorption of essential minerals and vitamins that the body needs to repair, restore, and fortify after birth or surgery. Grass-fed and pasture-raised animal stock are the base of all of our soups and stews, supplying essential nutrients, lean protein, and collagen to boost energy, support and heal connective tissues, and support healthy metabolism.

    If you are breastfeeding, our postpartum meals can provide measurable benefits for your milk supply and quality. Our postpartum meals often include galactagogues (ingredients which support milk supply and quality), including flax seeds, oats, tahini, brewer’s yeast, and more. We also avoid ingredients that could be associated with colic or sensitivities for breastfed babies, including cruciferous vegetables, garlic, and hot peppers.

    * This program is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. We recommend that you consult with your doctor prior to starting this program if you have a medical condition or are taking any prescription medication or nutritional supplements.

  • How much does Ritual Meals Cost?

    The Postpartum Program at Ritual Meals is priced starting at $176 per week. Meal frequency per week can be customized, which changes the cost of the program. As well, if you opted into our Subscription option, you can save up to 10% each week and receive free delivery with promo code FREESHIPPING.  Customize your postpartum plan to view prices.

  • What kinds of ingredients does Ritual Meals use?

    All meals are made to order and made from scratch with the highest quality ingredients. We prioritize local and organic produce and use only meat sourced from local farms that sustainably and humanely raise their animals. Our animals are always grass-fed or pasture-raised. Our produce is plant rich, organic or pesticide-free, low gluten, no refined sugars, and non-GMO.

    Organic or pesticide-free, whole, unprocessed foods are both more nutritive and more flavorful. We thoughtfully pair ingredients based on complementary benefits. For example, these pairings—lentils and red bell pepper, sesame and salmon, pasture-raised eggs and leafy greens, and chicken and quinoa—allow you to absorb more nutrients and experience their healing benefits.

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    Due to the small size of our culinary team, we are currently unable to offer substitutions in our menus, which are set weekly. To receive weekly email notifications about our upcoming menus which lists our full ingredients, please subscribe to our newsletter below.

    Please note: our Postpartum Program is not intended for severe allergies. If you have any questions about how we can support your dietary needs, please reach out to our Wellness Team at

  • How do you keep food fresh in transit? What if I am not home?

    We pack the postpartum meals fresh with care using 100% recyclable, insulated boxes and drain safe gel packs designed to keep your food refrigerated on the way to your doorstep.

    We understand that when it comes to birth, timing may not always happen according to plan. We highly recommend recruiting the help of a friend, neighbor, or family member so that if you aren’t able to get to your food when it arrives at your doorstep, they can help you store it in the fridge until you're ready to enjoy them.

    The delivery driver should leave the package for you at your door with no signature required. We package our postpartum meals in 100% recyclable insulated liners with drain-safe gel packs, so that your food stays refrigerated in transit. If you have any concerns with the temperature or condition of your meals once delivered, please contact our Wellness Team at

  • Where does Ritual Meals deliver?

    We ship across the continental US to your doorstep! If you have any additional questions, you can contact our Wellness Team at

  • How do I get started with Ritual Meals?

    You can get started by selecting your program options on the Postpartum Program page

    If you would like any help choosing a program that works best for you, please email our Wellness Team at and we’d be happy to help!

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