POSTPARTUM DOULA SUPPORT
Supporting your recovery and adjustment to life after birth and guiding you through the early weeks of parenthood whether it is your first or your fifth baby.
POSTPARTUM DOULA SUPPORT
The words postpartum and postnatal are often perceived to be interchangeable; the subtle but important difference is that postnatal usually implies the baby's early post birth period, postpartum care relates to the mother's wellbeing.
Navigating the early days and weeks post birth can feel overwhelming, whatever your birth experience you will likely have a period of recovery. You also have a big change in your hormones which, added to fragmented sleep mean this is a time where you deserve to be loved, nurture and nourished.
Postpartum doulas can provide flexible practical and emotional support for families in their own homes.
The birth of your baby is an exciting time, whether it is your first or fifth. As a postpartum doula I can be with a family anywhere from a few hours adhoc, a couple of hours each day or called upon intermittently throughout the early days and weeks.
The role of families has changed over the years, in times past it was usual for mothers, aunts, sisters and women in the community to help when a newborn arrived, but more often today we see families spread across the world away from that important support group. This is where a doula can help fill this important role.
My role as a postpartum doula is to support mothers and the whole family in any way that I can in order to help the transition to becoming parents of a new baby or babies. My role is to foster a mother's parenting instincts so that she feels confident to care for her baby and able to make decisions that feel right for her.
The role is often varied and very much tailored to the individual mother’s and family's needs.
My services may include some of the following:
Postpartum support: Tips and techniques to soothe your baby from sleeping, feeding, general healthcare, colicky and reflux babies, giving you the confidence to trust your own mother’s instinct on what’s right for your baby.
Family support: Mum, Dad, siblings and even pets need to adjust to the latest addition in your family. Listening and chatting with parents about any concerns they may have; practical help like looking after baby while Mum has a sleep, a bath or attends medical appointments; looking after light household chores or running errands; helping give parents time with older siblings or taking the dog for a walk, arranging a nutritious meal for your family – the list is endless and individual to each family.
Breastfeeding support: I can equip you with knowledge to help understand the physiological, hormonal and emotional process that occurs when feeding your baby and the know-how to establish breastfeeding, perfect a comfortable and effective latch, support any expressing goals and understand normal infant feeding and sleeping patterns.
I am able to provide information on combination and alternative methods of feeding should this be your wish and will support you in whatever your choices are.
The benefits of breastfeeding are numerous. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria, it lowers your baby's risk of having asthma or allergies. Plus, babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhoea. Not to mention the strong emotional bond that is created between mother and baby during this precious time.
Attending a breastfeeding session while you are still pregnant or when baby is born can equip you with the knowledge to help understand the physiological, hormonal and emotional process of breastfeeding your baby.
I am also here to see you through those early days, with guidance on techniques and tips to help you establish successful, comfortable breastfeeding and help you to avoid issues that can arise such as sore nipples due to your baby's latch or positioning.
Baby massage can help parents communicate with their baby through touch and contribute to their positive mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.
Massaging your baby is one way for you to connect with your baby, and studies have shown that it may help with:
Improving bonding and attachment.
Building confidence in handling baby using positive touch techniques.
Enabling better communication between parent and baby.
Improving a baby’s sleep.
Strengthening a baby’s digestive system and reducing symptoms of wind and constipation.
To find out more about my baby massage course, please get in touch.
Birth is a profound experience. It is the most profound physiological experience and transformation that our body is designed to naturally undergo. It is often the case that when we are submerged in profound and fundamental life experiences that we take time to digest what took place.
Sometimes birth can be incredibly confronting and we can come through the experience with unresolved thoughts, beliefs, somatic experience and emotions. Birth trauma isn’t something that happens to us, trauma occurs when an experience is too huge or challenging for us to digest and assimilate. No matter whether your birth experience appeared traumatic or ideal, it can be completely normal to feel overwhelmed by some of your experience or to still feel as though some of the experience you had is still unresolved.
Storytelling not only helps to describe but also to shape our experience. Sometimes we can modify stories so that they be socially acceptable or sometimes we can inherit narrative from those around us (such as a doctor or birth keeper) about our birth story and this can alter our tale. Birth listening facilitates an environment within which you are invited to tell your own unfiltered story without judgement or expectation. Birth listening is not therapy or counselling and advice is not offered. However, I will always help signpost you to further professional support from a clinical psychologist or psychotherapist if you or feel this would be of benefit.
Birth listening is for anyone who feels like they still have something to process or digest around their experience of pregnancy, giving birth or experiencing pregnancy loss at any stage.