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?
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.
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!!!
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.
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/