Mama MealsMama Meals is a supportive meal-delivery service, providing restorative foods to postpartum mothers in the Charlottesville area. Nurturing new mothers is a centuries-old tradition that is often overlooked in today’s hurried world. Mama Meals’ nourishing cuisine is intended to replenish the new mother’s body with essential nutrients as she adjusts, regains her strength, and bonds with her baby.

Our meals are designed with a new mama’s distinctive needs in mind. We use a wide variety of organic, locally sourced ingredients to promote lactation and relaxation, reduce inflammation, and minimize gas for the comfort of mama and baby. Recognizing that night and day are often indistinguishable in the weeks after birth, our comforting preparations are equally tasty as whole meals or light snacks, enjoyed at three a.m., 12 noon, or six p.m.

Mama Meals was launched in response to a request by a group of Charlottesville “mamas” who were inspired by the book The First Forty Days. This beautiful book tells the story of Heng Ou, whose cousin and herbalist auntie cared for her during the first 40 days after the birth of her first child. Heng Ou learned firsthand the importance of a pampered recovery period, known to decrease the likelihood of postpartum depression and promote long-term health and vitality.

The First Forty Days by Heng Ou was written in collaboration with fellow new mothers, Marisa Belger and Amely Greevan. Their book serves as a guide to reviving this vital ancient practice.

You may choose a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 6 weeks.
$475 for 2 weeks
$1,295 for 6 weeks

Sample contents of one delivery:
1 Quart of Organic Chicken Bone Broth
1 Pint Chinese Rice Porridge “Congee” with Toasted Sesame Salt
1 Quart Mulligatawny Soup
Date and Almond Butter Bites
4 Mini Crustless Quiche
Seasonal Fruit Compote
Dinner for Two: Nike-Jaga (Japanese Beef Stew) with Snow Peas and Potatoes
Dinner for Two: Baked Halibut with Brazilian Collards and Freekeh Pilaf

Deliveries and pick-ups are scheduled on Wednesdays. Deliveries are free within a 10 mile radius of the Charlottesville Cooking School, located in the Meadowbrook Shopping Center. There is a $10 fee for deliveries outside of this area. We suggest you plan your first delivery for the week before your due date.

Mama Meals is a subsidiary of The Charlottesville Cooking School. All meals are created and prepared by the owner, Martha Stafford, a Blue Ribbon graduate of The Institute of Culinary Education in New York, and instructor, Tom Whitehead, a graduate of the Grande Diplome Program at Le Cordon Bleu, London.

For more information and to place an order please call 434-963-2665 or email at

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