June 1, 2015
Mothering the Mother- It’s what Postpartum Doulas Do!
What happens when dad goes back to work, grandma flies back home, friends have to tend to their own lives and neighbors stop coming around offering help? Unfortunately what happens alot of times is the new mom feels overwhelmed, tired, stressed and maybe starts to suffer from postpartum depression. A new mom has just gone through a huge life changing event (and a very physically painful one too)! Childbirth is no walk in the park and the recovery from a vaginal or cesarean birth can take weeks or months. Challenges with breastfeeding can last just as long. When you’ve got a tired, overwhelmed new mom who’s trying to breastfeed who has no help, chances are things will g st worse before they get better! New moms don’t have to suffer! New moms don’t have to do it alone! Dad’s don’t have to feel guilty going back to work and grandma’s don’t have to feel like “bad moms” for leaving their daughters. The role of a postpartum doula is to “mother the mother”. A doula can help mom adjust to her new role. We can give her a break to take a shower or take a nap. We can do run an errand or clean up the house. We can show her ways to care for her infant and make a smooth transition for the entire family.
Making that call and hiring a postpartum doula, will give you the peace of mind of knowing you are not alone. You’ve got support, you’ve got help at night or during the day or even 24hrs a day. New moms can benefit from hiring a postpartum doula or newborn care specialist in many ways. Sleep deprivation is one of the top reasons for postpartum depression. Having a postpartum doula to assist with newborn care, allows new moms to take naps during the day or sleep through the night. A postpartum doula will handle the 2am feedings and diapers changes too, so mom and dad can rest. You’ll wake feel refreshed and ready to take on the day with the help of a postpartum doula. Postpartum doulas can work anywhere from a few hours a day to 12hrs a day or more! Postpartum doulas can help moms for as long as needed during the few months after childbirth. If you’re pregnant now and know you’ll be interested in a postpartum doula for your newborn, contact me today and schedule a free consultation. I am currently accepting clients in the Coral Springs, Parkland, Boca Raton and surrounding areas in South Florida.