If you are a Shameless fan like we are, you saw in the season 7 premiere that Debbie hired a night nurse so she can get some sleep. Typically a night nurse or night nanny is someone who takes care of the baby in the evening so the parents can get some sleep. But, what if I told you there was such a profession where a trained professional came into your house who
1- Was an expert in newborn care,
2- Knew how to support a mother in recovery from childbirth,
3- Took care of the family as a WHOLE!
Enter the Postpartum Doula!
A normal daytime shift (averaging 4-8 hours) can look like a number of things, but is not limited to:
An unbiased ear to listen to concerns
Nap for mother
Self care for mother
Breast/bottle feeding, formula feeding, basic lactation support
Extra hands for errands or doctors appointments
Newborn and baby care
Just to name a few!
And the support of overnights (10 hour shift) while parents rest:
Bottle feeding support
And sleep for both parents!
What you can expect with a Postpartum Doula? Personalized care! Families often seek support for high needs babies such as colic or silent reflux, special needs, support during teething, transitioning back to work, sleep regressions and sickness, and adjusting to adoption and multiples! The goal of a Postpartum Doula is to support the parenting approach that fits your lifestyle best. Every family’s needs are different which is why we have a postpartum planning session with each family to learn about the family dynamics, feeding style, parenting style and how best to support your family during the first year of a new addition.The beauty of a Postpartum Doula is that they help the family as a whole offering their expertise by lending a hand and helping a family transition into their new roles as parents, siblings and even furbabies!
While postpartum care is typically seen as a luxury item for many families, it’s simply about having a plan and making a budget. You may consider sitting down and discussing a postpartum plan even before your beautiful bundle arrives so that you can be as prepared as possible entering into this new chapter! Everyone plans for the arrival, but what about the weeks and months after your little one is here, Postpartum Doulas are happy to help!
Why make the investment? One of our clients explains it best so we’ll share his quote with you, “My wife is home all day with the baby and when she’s well rested she’s a better mother and wife and that’s what is important to me!” Utilizing a postpartum doula can be different for each family. Whether it’s full time, part time or as needed; we want you to thrive during this time, not just survive.
If you are interested in more information about Postpartum Support please contact us today at email@example.com or (920)246-0200