The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. the woman existed, but the mother is something absolutely new. – Rajneesh
West Georgia Doula is here to help make your transition into motherhood a peaceful one.
You just had your baby and you’re deeply in love. You’ve spent the first few days in the hospital with a steady stream of doting friends and family all stopping by to admire your precious new bundle. Day and night your needs have been tended to by your caring nurses. You have had little worry about besides feeding your baby and bonding as a family.
…and then you are discharged and sent home, and you are left wondering where the “parenting manual” is? Or maybe this is your second (or third) baby, and you need help with older siblings. What if there was someone who could come alongside and continue to support and care for you so you could carry on blissfully bonding with your baby? What if you had an expert available to answer the inevitable “is this normal?” and other questions? I have good news; you can! Enter the Postpartum Doula.
The word Postpartum refers to the period of time following the birth of a baby, specifically the first 12 weeks, lasting through the first year. During this time, the mother is recovering from the physically demanding work of labor and birth, and in some cases a surgery. Add to this her quickly shifting hormones and the high demands of a newborn who hasn’t quite figured out the difference between days and nights, it can be exhausting and a little overwhelming for new and veteran parents alike.
A Postpartum Doula brings her experience, companionship and emotional support to families while providing physical, educational and non-judgmental support. Her primary focus is on the mother’s recovery from birth and the baby’s adjustment to life on the outside. Additionally she can assist with meal prep, light housework and the general needs of your family.
Your doula knows how vital sleep is for your recovery and she helps facilitate it by tenderly looking after the baby while you rest. She knows all the tricks to help get baby sleeping better at night. She knows how much a shower helps to make you feel human. She knows that recovery means needing food and hydration and she brings you a snack and a beverage before you even realize you needed one. She is a pro at breast and bottle feeding and knows which particular positions can help you achieve a better latch and how to choose a bottle and formula to meet your baby’s needs. She’s a master swaddler and she stays up to date on all the latest gadgets and recommendations for newborn care. Your doula understands that sometimes all you need to process these big feelings is a safe listening ear (and she knows when it’s outside the scope of normal and when to direct you back to your doctor). She knows that you and your partner’s opinions are the only ones that really matter, and she’s there to remind you that you are exactly what your baby needs. With your Postpartum Doula by your side, you can relax into motherhood with confidence and peace of mind, knowing you can handle whatever comes your way.
To inquire about availability and find out more about how a Postpartum Doula can support your family, contact us to set up your complimentary consultation.