4th Trimester / Postpartum Doula

4th Trimester

 

Let’s talk about what happens after birth! It’s a big change, different than pregnancy, and certainly different than labor and delivery. Now, after waiting for 9 months, you can finally see your sweet baby’s face. All that time waiting and they have arrived. And then, what do you do? 4th Trimester, postpartum, whatever word you want to call it. It’s a big change! How can it be made a bit easier?

Postpartum

As a birth doula, I definitely spend some time talking about what comes after the baby arrives. We talk about what to expect, how to prepare, and what happens if you need more help than you thought. Expectations can throw us for a loop, sometimes our recoveries are so smooth, other times its kind of bumpy. Honestly, it really doesn’t matter how the recovery looks, having support makes such a difference. If there is ever a time to have extra hands, listening ears, pep talks, and encouragement….it’s right after having a baby.

After baby…

Sore, tired, swollen, breastfeeding, need a shower, snacks, hungry no starving…these are just a few things that might occur after delivery. I am of the mind that having someone to come to your house and help soothe the transition in your house after baby arrives is one of the greatest ideas EVER.

First up, when breastfeeding, SNACKS ARE LIFE!!!

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4th Trimester Postpartum Snacks

 

Seems like a great idea to have someone you trust pop over with a pep talk, magical doula powers in their hands, and a bag with snacks for all those breastfeeding and new postpartum mom cravings.

A postpartum doula can help in so many ways, including but not limited to: holding baby so you can shower, eat, and nap; prepare food, light household duties (maybe starting some laundry, doing up some dishes), organizing things around the house to make it easier to care for baby, bringing snacks or food (this will be an add-on to All Things Doula’s packages soon), as well as offer encouragement to new parents. We also bring education into the mix and help support you as you are in a new role and learn your baby’s cues and needs.

You can find information in so many places about the benefits of doulas. Here is just one link to help you learn more about what I do.

Postpartum Doula

June has lots of space for me to support and help you during your postpartum time! Contact me soon to book your time! http://www.allthingsdoula.com/contact/

Now Offering Postpartum Services

Now offering postpartum

doula services

 

As always there is an ebb and flow to doula work. I have always been one to focus more on the birth side of doula work, simply because the area I resided in was more interested in those services. Now that I am in a much bigger, and progressive area in regards to doula services, it’s time to start offering even more.

This past week I worked on updating some things on my website to bring it up to speed with my new services. More ways I can offer support to women and their families is just a new development as I grow in my experience as a doula.

To being with:

POSTPARTUM SERVICES

This is utilized at any time after delivery.

My postpartum tab on my website has all the details to what I am offering.

Offering unique hours:

4-hour daytime shifts

 5-hour evening shifts

 and

10-hour overnight shifts

You will also have the ability to hire me for 200+ hour packages that offer you a discount.

I am a certified birth doula, and a twice trained postpartum doula. I have over 1300 hours of time invested in women before, during, and after their births. My goal, as always, is to come in and help ease the transition of baby arriving. This looks different for each family I serve, so although I have an idea of what you might need, I can tailor it to fit specific needs as well.

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All my information is on my contact tab.

I would love to talk or meet with you to see if we are good fit.

Doulas and Birth Tools 2

Doulas and Birth Tools

Part 2

 

The CUB, comfortable upright birth, is an amazing tool for birth professionals, and is now being offered within the United States. As a doula for over 7 years, I am always looking for good tools for my birthing bag. Ones that are really affective and are small enough to carry with me into a birth. The CUB definitely fits into this category.

It has the capacity to replace 3-4 other tools, which makes it an excellent tool for birth doulas to take with them.  I am looking forward to using this, and testing its ability to help my clients.

I have read up on some of the statistics for birthing upright. It’s pretty awesome that birthing in an upright position can encourage these kind of birth statistics. Including the following:

  • Allows for 28-30% more space in the pelvis
  • Contractions can be more effective in an upright position
  • 23% less likely to require medical intervention
  • Baby is 54% less likely to become distressed
  • 29% reduction in c-section rates
  • Shorter lengths of labor
  • 21% reduction in episiotomy rates
  • Less need for an epidural

It can give you more stability with it being stationary, so I can imagine that the mother would feel safer on it. The safer a woman feels when in labor, the easier it is for the body to relax. And a relaxed body allows those contractions to work more efficiently at opening the cervix and bringing that baby down.

Whatever I need to do as a doula to help create a good environment to labor in, good coping skills, position changes, and support, I do it. For me, I definitely have to think about what I teach, what skills I bring, and the tools as well. A fully stocked doula bag is worth its weight in gold. Sometimes you never use anything in your doula bag, other times you use EVERY single item from it. That being said, make sure you have good things in your bag!

Variety

The CUB allows you to use a variety of positions to labor in all while being supported, allowing you to sit on it alone, or even with the presence of a partner. It has the ability to help a laboring woman with an epidural get into a good position as well, to utilize gravity the best. You can squat with it as well, but still have something to lean on. On all fours is an excellent position, as well as on one knee. It also can mimic sitting on a toilet, which is a common place for homebirthing mothers to labor.

It has the added benefit of being used during pregnancy for comfort, and helping with position of baby. This is above and beyond its benefits during labor. The use of one item having so many benefits all wrapped up together is phenomenal. I am beyond excited to utilize the CUB when it arrives and I can put it into practice with my doula clients. There are no negatives to the use of such a tool!

If wanting more information:

http://www.the-cub-usa.com