Postpartum Support

postpartum doula
 
 

By mothering the mother, a postpartum doula enables the mother to recover from pregnancy and birth while focusing her energy on bonding with her new baby. Bringing home a newborn is a vulnerable, magical time. The extra set of hands and non-judgmental support eases the transition of bringing a new baby home.

We offer reliable and evidence-based information, reassurance, and hands-on help. Support, rest, and nourishment are vital tools for becoming the very best parent, which isn't always easy with a new little one- that's where we come in.  Some of the things we can do to help you settle into your new routine are:

  • Information on newborn care and feeding
  • Breastfeeding Assistance
  • Caring for baby so mom & dad can nap/shower/eat
  • Light Cooking, Meal Planning & Meal Preparation
  • Light Cleaning & Laundry
  • Errands and Grocery Shopping

Imagine for a moment with me…

Instead of waking up feeling overwhelmed and guilty about the overflowing laundry, the sink full of dirty dishes, maybe even a lack of motivation to nurse for what feels like the 1000th time today, or an overall “sticky” feeling- you wake up knowing that you can relax and enjoy your day. Help is on it’s way. Today, get to take a loooong hot shower, collapse into bed and awaken after a heavenly nap to a clean home, a healthy snack, a happy baby, laundry folded- the piles gone, and not a dish in sight. No fuss, no muss.

That’s where I come in. Like a sweet, cleaning, cooking, errand running fairy godmother, I can help to give your partner a chance to nap or take care of well... life.  I can sweep up the floors, vacumn, tidy up the rooms, plow through the mountains of clothes, make you a snack to satiate the insane PP hunger, and a yummy and nutritious dinner (rather than takeout or pizza AGAIN).

OR say today you do have energy (from your fantastic placenta pills and yesterdays heavenly nap).  I can help tidy up around the house, do some meal prep, and answer your newborn care and awkward healing questions. We can chat about your birth experience, help your process your current spinning emotions, and awe over your perfect creation.

Either way, the end state is the same. You and your family can simply be together, grow together, and love one another without a million honey-do’s.  I can help you to create and foster a positive, low-stress environment to nurture your family.  I feel blessed to have found this calling, and am always happy and humbled to be a part of another wonderful journey. 

In addition to in-home postpartum support, I also offer newborn care classes and can provide breastfeeding support. 

As a mother and an experienced postpartum doula who works with all kinds of families, I am happy to tailor my services to meet your family’s needs. Please be in touch! I would love to answer any questions you may have and establish a plan of support for you in your new journey.

PP doulas are one of the BEST baby gifts ever! Custom packages & individual hours for baby shower gifts are available for purchase. 

 

 

A note from from my personal journey:

I must have suffered from PPD for a t least a year and a half before I realized it. The worst part was that I didn’t know at the time that I probably could have avoided it if I had ( or really, accepted) more support from others. I should have taken my placenta pills. I should have let someone else do the laundry and the cooking and the dishes. 

I was out grocery shopping the morning after I had my daughter. I thought I could do it all. So, I tried. And I did, most of the time.  But Breastfeeding was a nightmare, and didn’t help the situation. And though I look back on those early days with fondness and so much love, I know in my heart that I could have held her more, cuddled her more, relaxed more, and ENJOYED it more.

The more I do this work, the more I see this time and time again. We think we need to BE all, DO all, have it all together, all the time. But here’s the truth-  This time, this 4th trimester of life, is a time of learning, growing, healing, and loving. It should NOT be at time of stress, anxiety, worry, guilt, and fear.

The fact is though, through the initial days and weeks of newborn life- whether it’s the first baby, or another wonderful addition- there is still much to learn, sleep lost, and struggles ahead. Hindsight is 20/20 and I wish I had known then what I know now and invested in someone to help me along the way so that I could have relaxed more deeply into my postpartum experience. I still cherish those early days, but I the next time, I'm certainly going to make sure I spend more time snuggling up with my baby and less time worrying. That's why I'm passionate about supporting and encouraging mothers through this special time. I hope I can be to you, what I wish I would have had (or will have) for my own journey.