April 3, 2015
Take Your Child to Work Day— Doula Style!
My kids begged me to let them stay home and participate in the famous “Take Your Child to Work Day” that happens every April. This is my first year celebrating this “holiday” as a Doula. I thought to myself, “What are they going to do all day?” The kids offered many suggestions such as going with me to my postpartum appointment, helping me write by blogs for my website www.coralspringsdoula.com and post articles on my Facebook page. All of these were great suggestions and I decided to take them up on their offer to be my “doula assistants” for the day!
I suddenly realized all of the benefits to have my 3 “doula assistants” with me. The extra set of hands came in handy when I was loading up my car to visit a new mom in the morning. I offered to do her grocery shopping and having the strong boys there to carry in the bags was great. Thankfully this new mom lived in Coral Springs and it was only a 5 minute drive for me and the boys. Once we arrived at her home, the boys were able to see that being a postpartum doula included helping a new mom in any way she needs in the days, weeks and even months after becoming a new mom. This client was 6 weeks postpartum and still recovering from a c-section. Going to the grocery store is one of her biggest obstacles, so I offered to pick up the items she needed and bring them along on my visit.
After unloading the groceries, the boys watched me ask this new amazing mom about how she’s been feeling, how the baby’s been eating and if there is anything she needs me to help with. She was still having issues with baby burping after feeding. She was not able to breastfeed because of a previous breast surgery and has been bottle feeding since day one. I helped her with some positions that are best to get a good burp from the baby and even she even let my oldest son burp him once. The boys and I stayed about an hour and this new mom enjoyed the assistance that the boys and I provided.
After coming home, the boys helped me find some interesting articles to post on my Facebook business page. Then they listened attentively when I talked to another new mom offering breastfeeding advice and support over the phone. I think they got a little a “grossed out” when they heard certain words but they never left my side during the call. All and all, it was a good day for all of us. I think they now have a better understand of what a postpartum doula actually does. Postpartum doulas offer advice to new moms. Postpartum doulas assist in breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Postpartum doulas run errands so a new mom can concentrate on her recovery and bond with her newborn. Postpartum doulas can do light cooking for the family so a new mom can rest and recover. Postpartum doulas answer non-medical questions about newborn care, postpartum depression or recovery from a c-section or a vaginal delivery. Last, but not least, postpartum doulas can just listen and let a new moms know that she’s not alone! Postpartum doulas help a new mom in any way they need!
If you are a new mom in Coral Springs, Parkland, Boca Raton, Tamarac, Margate, Plantation, Sunrise or surrounding areas and need some assistance with newborn care, breastfeeding or recovering from your birth, give me a call today to discuss your postpartum needs.