Do I Need To Hire A Postpartum Doula?
During pregnancy most mom's will find themselves primarily planning for their birth. From creating a birth plan and prepping for a hospital or home birth to making sure everything is ready for when baby comes home. The majority of mom's, however, report feeling unprepared for the postpartum period. The postpartum period and what that looks like tends to be an after thought leaving most new mamas overwhelmed even without taking into consideration postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. As your Postpartum Doula I will help you create that postpartum plan before baby comes so that your needs as a new mom are met. If you are still unsure if a Postpartum Doula is for you, continue reading below to see if it’s a good match.
You’ll want a Postpartum Doula:
If you are bringing home a newborn. Whether you gave birth, adopted or used a surrogate, bringing home a newborn is a huge adjustment. That’s it. That’s the only reason you really need to hire a doula.
If you like the idea of knowing you will have a guaranteed chance to get a couple hours of consecutive sleep in those first couple of weeks. A wacky sleep schedule and newborns do go hand-in-hand and sleep deprivation is a harsh reality for so many new parents. Most people will hear the advice “sleep when the baby does“ and this is actually good advice. However, sleeping every time the baby does is often easier said than done. But if you’ve already hired me as your doula you can find relief in knowing that on the day of my visit you can use some of the time that I am there to get a couple of hours of uninterrupted sleep.
If your support person has to start work again shortly after bringing baby home. Juggling the household, caring for a newborn and taking care of yourself is incredibly stressful and overwhelming. A couple of the ways I can help with this is by caring for your baby while you shower and care for yourself and provide light household organization and meal prep.
If you are planning on breastfeeding I can provide real-time advice on the basics of breastfeeding to help you find a comfortable position and create a good latch. If needed I also have resources readily available to refer you to a local lactation consultant for issues outside of my scope.
If you are worried about PPD/PPA as about 1 in 10 men and 1 in 5 women suffer from Postpartum Depression and/or Postpartum Anxiety. I am trained to watch for signs of PPD and PPA while also being a judgement free zone for parents to vent their frustrations and concerns. If I see signs of adjustment issues I will guide you to the appropriate resources for help.
As your Postpartum Doula I am part of your support team for not only the new mother but also the whole family. I answer questions, provide evidence-based guidance and am the extra set of hands all new moms wish they had.