Welcome to my very first blog post,
If you are browsing this, you are either an expectant mom, a new mom, or just curious about the resources that are available during this stage of your life. You’ve gathered from my bio that I support new families in my role as a Postpartum Doula and that I organize Support Groups for New Mothers.
You may be wondering….what for?
You have plenty of friends or family nearby. They could fill all your needs for support post-baby. Why do you need Postpartum Doula?
Here is why:
Friends and family may have bold opinions and conflicting strategies.
You will hear lots of advice and opinions – and they truly want to help you!
However few of these strategies will feel “right” to you because you are still early in the process of figuring out what feels like a good fit for you and your baby.
You need someone to follow your lead as you venture the trial and error process.
You need someone who slightly tweaks a nursing hold, walks you through a diaper change, or demonstrates how to bathe a newborn while being mindful of your concerns.
You need to be able to ask questions and hear judgment-free responses from a live person (no offense Google.)
You need someone who can show you multiple ways to do things and help you feel confident in how you choose to handle your baby’s needs. You can choose to be involved 100% of the time if or take a break.
Your postpartum doula is there for your baby while you nap, eat, shower, or catch up on your baby announcements.
Handling household tasks and a new baby can feel a bit overwhelming.
You are tired. You are healing. You have a tiny human that requires your undivided attention all 24 hours of the day.
Enter your Postpartum Doula – your task list evaporates. No, you did not lose it (although that’s a possibility too with all the brain fog.) Your doula will make one with you and get right to work: dishes, laundry, nursery organization, groceries, cooking, and even help you weed out the unnecessary baby items that you can trade in for diapers at the store.
Your doula will also make sure that you are fed, rested as much as possible, and give you hands-on experience with your baby leaving you more confident each time more than the last. She knows how to prepare formula and she knows how to put together the breast pump parts and teach you how to use it too.
If she doesn’t have the answer to your question or can’t complete the task, you can count on her to give you resources for someone that can.
Having a experienced postpartum and newborn expert will offer you all the physical and emotional support you need. The role is to support your decisions and offer gentle guidance when asked.
But wait! What’s about the New Moms Support Group?
You’ve never needed a Support Group for any of the challenging phases of your life- so why join one now?
If you’re like me, you need a few concrete reasons before committing to anything in this lifetime.