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.

Fredericksburg VA Doula: New Moms….Need MORE Sleep

This is a good but hard article to read. We push and push for new moms to get right back into the swing of things.  That somehow it’s a bad thing to rest, recover, and not invite the entire universe over to our homes. We have it all backwards. If there is EVER a time in your life to rest, sleep, recover, and let your home be your sanctuary…its right after having a baby. It’s so so important for us to take care of those special women in our lives that have just had a baby. As this new year has just begun…let’s find a way to help women get all they need. Support them getting nutritious foods and snacks, lots of sleep, time to relax and take in their baby…most importantly though….give them time to recover. How do we start a movement where “40 days to recover” is the new normal?

http://www.themotherish.com/torturing-new-mothers/