Basically everybody who has kids knows the value of having help in those first few months after bringing baby home. Your family and friends love to come over and hold the baby or drop off a meal – but the first few weeks can feel like an endless whirlwind of visitors. Entertaining guests plus adjusting to life with a new little one can be draining and stressful! This is when you will be most thankful for your postpartum doula.
We don’t expect to be entertained, always wash our hands when we come in the door, and won’t judge you for being in your sweatpants at noon. A postpartum doula will gladly follow the list of helpful tasks posted on your fridge. If you don’t have one, we will look around and figure out what needs to be done. We will listen to your birth story as many times as you want to share it, and help you celebrate the good and process the bad. We will make you coffee, play with your toddler, and walk your dog.
Your postpartum doula will help troubleshoot breastfeeding problems, and laugh with you when the baby wakes up covered in poop. We will wash your laundry in the *very specific* way you prefer and organize baby clothes for the fifth time. We will hold your baby while you shower or sleep for four hours in a row. Your postpartum doula can often relate to your anxiety and sadness, and offer resources or referrals when needed. We will, as a recent client put it, come and “work our magic.”
Having a postpartum doula means having non-judgmental, personal care and support from someone who can truly understand what you need. Whether that is help with household tasks so you can rest and bond with your baby, emotional support in the times when parenthood is more than you expected, or hands-on help with breastfeeding and baby care; we will do it all.
Contact me to discuss how a postpartum doula can support you!