Becoming a mother is transformational: it is simultaneously beautiful and overwhelming. And motherhood can be hard, but you’re not alone. I am here for you.
Just like there are birth doulas who support women during labour, postpartum doulas support women once they have their babies. Postpartum refers to the period of time after a woman has a baby; most people associate it with the newborn stage, and specifically with postpartum depression, but that’s not entirely accurate. A mother’s postpartum period doesn’t end as her baby grows up. She is considered postpartum for the rest of her life, and because of this, my services are for all mothers, from new moms to empty nesters. I offer in-home doula support to new moms, free community support groups open to all moms, and customized workshops to help women cope with the emotional load of becoming a mother and processing difficult or traumatic births. I also create premium photo story books documenting Your Birth Story.
Here are some of the ways I will support you as your postpartum doula:
- Listen and provide emotional support and a safe space for you to talk about any challenges or concerns you have. Perhaps you need to talk about your birth experience.
- Help you develop a simple self-care plan.
- Cook homemade meals for you. You can choose from some options I have or you can provide me with a recipe of your favourite comfort food.
- Light housework such as folding laundry, dishes, tidying.
- Entertain an older child while you and baby rest.
- Hold your baby while you bathe or shower.
- Help you with baby-wearing.
- Attend appointments with you.
- Provide breastfeeding support.
- Guide you through baby care such as diapering, changing, feeding, soothing, and infant massage.
- Play gatekeeper: if you don’t want to answer your phone or get company, I can gently and firmly pass along the message to protect your quiet time.
- Find extra resources if you need them.
What I will not do:
- Tell you what to do: I believe in you as a mom, and I want you to believe in yourself as a mom. Every mom has to find what works for her, and what worked for me won’t necessarily work for you. Instead, I will support you as you find your way.
- Provide parenting advice: again, I cannot and should not tell you what to do with your baby. Instead, I will provide you support so you are confident to make our own decisions.
- Provide medical advice: I am not a medical professional. Instead, I can help you find helpful resources or make appointments.
Let me surround you with a sense of calm and confidence so you can find the peace and joy in motherhood.