- When I meet clients in their home, whether its the day they arrive home from hospital, or not until their little one is a few weeks old, they often have a slew of questions regarding infant feeding, dressing, bathing, soothing crying, and so much more. We cover all of that, learning to read baby's cues, and helping them understand typical newborn development.
- We focus on normal physical and emotional postpartum recovery for mother, as well. Moms can find great comfort in having someone compassionate to ask questions of like, “is it normal that I feel anxious when baby cries?” or “I'm having a hard time sleeping when baby sleeps.” Maybe the Mother just needs to retell her experience of labor so she can process her birth story. Some moms struggle with the spectrum of feelings that arise after birth. It may come as a surprise that the postpartum time isn't all white linens billowing in the breeze. They are often shocked at the raw, hard feelings that come from loving someone so much it makes your heart explode while at the same time feeling vulnerable in your wonder.
- I may spend time answering questions about infant feeding- whether it is exclusive breastfeeding, supplemental feeding, formula feeding, or hybrid feeding. I can help you regardless of how you choose to feed your baby. I can offer suggestions on identifying good latch and positioning at the breast, and how to bottle feed in a way that protects the breastfeeding relationship.
- Doulas will also prepare nourishing meals for mom and maybe the family. Most couples are surprised at how tricky it can be to find time to eat in the first days and weeks , let alone to actually prepare balanced, nourishing meals that are easy to digest. I might even run to the grocery store for you on my way to your home so we have food to prepare meals! If you are pregnant now, you probably can't even imagine how it could be tricky to feed yourself. If you are a new mom (or have been a new mom in the past), you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about! Seeing your doula walk towards you with a snack or a warm meal will make you ridiculously happy!
- And if that isn't awesome enough, the doula will often tend to laundry, empty the dishwasher, and take out the garbage. She will hug and snuggle your little one, too- while you are in the shower or are taking a much deserved nap. The doula doesn't take over house-care and won't usually take over childcare, because her job is MotherCare- whatever is needed to help care for the mother. While she is not a housekeeper or childcare giver, she is willing to do some of those tasks- to the goal of supporting mother's recovery...if it means mom gets to nap, shower, breastfeed comfortably, eat good food, etc while enjoying the precious bonding time of the first few weeks and months.
- The Doula will also share with baby's other parent and grandparents different ways to connect and bond with baby so they can all build their own relationships. I love spending time with dads as they give baby their first bath, or showing them how to create the perfect swaddle.
- For parents with other children, I might find that I spend a lot more time in the kitchen preparing nourishing meals while mom connects with all of her children. Maybe I snuggle baby while mom gives her older child loving attention at bath time. Sometimes I've found myself reading books to a toddler while mom and dad take a much needed nap.
The Postpartum Doula supports everyone in the home so everyone can enjoy each other and the new baby. Do you want to do whatever you can to help ease your transition to new parenthood? Hiring a Postpartum Doula could be a great place to start. Contact me for more information.