The weeks following birth are critical for healing and rebalancing. Women are given the impression that they are supposed to bounce back and continue life as before while learning how to care for their new baby. Education and planning go into pregnancy and labor, but unfortunately there is little discussion about what comes next for a new mother when the new family arrives home.
Just as baby is adjusting to his or her new environment, this is also a time of adjustment for the new mom. She is exhausted in a brand new way, trying to establish breastfeeding, navigating the process of hormone rebalancing, and healing physically from the hardest work she has ever done. And if the birth did not go as she had thought or planned, there is a profound emotional adjustment taking place, as well.
Typically, a postpartum doula meets with parents-to-be during the third trimester to talk through expectations and planning for the “fourth trimester”. She will provide in-home support during scheduled visits once baby has arrived. This includes:
- Talking through questions and concerns
- Physical and emotional support
- Baby care including soothing techniques, tips, and caring for baby while mom takes a break
- Allowing mom to sleep, shower, eat, or do anything that brings her some peaceful personal time
- Assisting with breastfeeding basics
- Nutritional guidance and meal preparation
- Light housekeeping
While it is not uncommon to struggle as parents of a newborn or infant, there are resources to support your family’s beginnings. Theresa is trained in multiple aspects of postpartum care including: infant CPR, sleeping and soothing techniques, parental support, and breastfeeding basics. She is committed to making the transition into parenthood easier for the whole family.