Inviting support into this transitional time can help ease the transition when welcoming home your baby. Whether you’re walking this journey solo, changing from a party of two, or already have one or more little ones at home, the rhythm of life and current family dynamics will shift as this new little life becomes a part of your family. Postpartum support strives to take you back to a time when new families were surrounded by sisters, mothers, aunties, grandmothers, cousins – “the village” – when there were often extra hands and hearts available to help and offer support, whether family, friends, neighbors, this was they way of the village community.
Especially around the San Francisco Bay Area, families might have their relatives and support network spanning oceans; some have loved ones nearby, but no matter where your extended support system resides, postpartum care can offer unique non-judgmental support at a time when you may be finding your feet as new parents. Postpartum Doulas can be the “mother in-law without the baggage” as we like to say!
Imagine a familiar face arriving in your home with the sole purpose of fulfilling whatever need is a priority for you in that moment. No need to entertain, clean up, or prepare for this person; the postpartum doula expects to walk into your raw, everyday life and make herself available to help in whatever way is most useful to your new family in that moment. Postpartum Doulas are there to support you, the parents, with this new little human to take care of; that is, we teach and offer guidance so that you feel more confident and knowledgeable with every passing day. We aim to work ourselves out of a job.
What do I do, exactly?
I enjoy cooking healthy, delicious meals; if it’s been too long since your last home-cooked meal, I’m happy to whip up something nutritious so you can refuel your body. A nutritious meal postpartum can help you stay fueled to better respond to the needs of your new baby, as well as cope with the hormonal shifts that take place postpartum and aid your body in recovering after birth. Partners needs fuel to function too!
Support might include:
- Breastfeeding guidance (attention to latching, positions, informational support)
- Baby care tips & tricks
- Knowledge of postpartum mood disorders challenges
- Food preparation
- Light tidying, kitchen clean up, laundry, light organizing
- Reassurance of what is normal!
- Resources and referrals for when you need specialized or expert information
The Postpartum Generalist:
My training covers knowledge relevant to the postpartum period for Moms, Dads and infants. If something comes up for your family that is outside of my scope of practice or knowledge base, I will be happy to refer you to other professionals, specialists and experts in the area in which you require more information.