You have been so careful to take just the right vitamins, eat only the best foods, stay clear of all those bad fumes, and make it to all of your prenatal appointments. You are being taken care of and pampered while you are growing this precious little life. When the day arrives for you to deliver and meet this new little person, you will be monitored and cared for. But within 24-48 hours of your baby’s introduction to the world…you are suddenly all on your own!
In other cultures, there is pride in taking care of new mothers. They are cared for while they heal and recover. Other women of the community cook for them so they are nourished and better able to restore their bodies. These new mothers are cherished and celebrated. They are cared for so that they can better care for their baby!
In America, it hasn’t been this way for a long time. New mothers used to have extended hospital stays and had help in their home so that they could recover and adjust, but today, everybody is busy. Today, new moms have been made to believe that recovery after delivery isn’t really a big deal and that they should be back on their feet and back to "normal" within a couple of weeks. The fact is that it takes a lot of time and rest and practice to get to your "NEW normal" after your baby arrives! However, more often new moms are made to feel inadequate when they don’t rebound quickly and aren’t able to handle the new baby in combination with all the chores and responsibilities they previously had.
And what if you aren’t sure about how to care for your baby. What if you have questions about how to put on a diaper? Have you ever bathed a baby before? What are the rules for buckling the baby in properly? Pacifier? Sleeping habits? Is he eating enough? Am I doing this right? Who can I ask?
New moms still need help! There is a reason the term
“It takes a Village to Raise a Child” is so popular. Because it is true…
“But who can help me?” you ask.
“My husband has to go back to work the week after the baby arrives.”
“My mom lives 3 states away and is only planning to visit for a couple of days.”
“I am the first of my girlfriends to have a baby. They don’t know what to do to help me.”
“I feel strange asking people to help me.”
This is where a Postpartum Doula comes in. I am a certified Postpartum Doula and I would love to come to your home, for a few hours a day, after your baby arrives and help support you! I can help you learn newborn care skills and help you get settled at home so you can rest. I can be there to help answer your questions. I can help clean up the dishes or wash the bottles so that you can focus on your baby instead of the details of daily living. I can have some lunch waiting for you after you finish nursing your baby. And when you have been up all night with the baby, I can watch her for an hour so you can grab a nap.
Let's face it. Motherhood is a job. And with every new job, there is a learning curve. A training period. Add in a bit of sleep deprivation, physical aches and pains, and a hormone spiral and you’ve got a perfect storm for frustration and anxiety.
But postpartum is supposed to be a wonderful and magical bonding time with your baby. Getting a little support and confidence (and sleep) will allow for a beautiful postpartum! Get in touch with me and I can help you plan for the best postpartum ever.
*minimum of 5 hours per signed contract
*$30/hour for 20 miles outside of Calhoun
On average, moms can benefit from 20 hours of support within a 6 week period.
However, we can alter the hours of support to best benefit your needs.
Perhaps you choose 10 hours of support over 3 weeks or
support for only the first 2 weeks or
support for 2 days a week for 8 weeks.
Maybe you sign up for 4 weeks of support but by the time you get to the 3rd week you realize that you could really benefit from 2 more weeks of support. We can add the extra weeks on at that time.