Why is a postpartum doula important to a new mom? Particularly for moms who experience uncomplicated births, the norm these days is to get you up and discharged within 12-24 hours but even the World Health Organization recommends a minimum of 24 hours. Less than that leaves women at risk for postpartum complications, including excessive bleeding. With that in mind, having some help at home is a blessing for so many new parents. And it’s not just first time parents that will benefit from engaging a postpartum doula. After all, finding time for siblings can be very difficult when there is a newborn in the house. And not everyone has family who live close by, who can lend a hand. For those parents who do have family close by, a postpartum doula can still be helpful. After all, it’s been a few decades since your mother-in-law gave birth, and the way things are done have changed. Having someone who will help you with your baby care decisions without judgment or guilt is worth every penny! What can a postpartum doula help with? A lot of the support a postpartum doula provides is in education, helping new moms understand things like: Making sure mom gets enough to eat and is drinking plenty of water. Discussing the amount of bleeding (lochia) that is normal and what’s not. Discussing any other warning signs of complications that would necessitate immediate medical attention. Reinforcing the importance of getting rest. Discussing routines, including sleep routines, for baby (not for right away!) Educating mom on her own care, such as the care of her episiotomy, if she had one. Talking about feeding baby, latching, burping and the like. Talking about baby and everything from bathing to diapering and all stops in between; answering questions that might be worrying mom and dad! Other tasks might include: Caring for the infant, so that mom can get some of that rest I mentioned! Light housekeeping and meal prep. Caring for siblings in the home. A great way to view the role of the postpartum doula is to be a support pillar for mom. In the fog of those first few sleepless days and weeks, a postpartum doula can be a real lifesaver, helping mom (and dad) not to worry as much over every little thing, so that they can really take the time to appreciate and bond with their new baby. Newborn Care Need Help? I’m just a TEXT away! Contact Katie now at 732-581-3333

Set Boundaries for visitors

Moms and Partners need to set boundaries before the baby is even born. I would talk to everyone who you know to give them a list of things you’d like done or not done. One example could be a sign on the door ,ask anyone coming by to set a certain time and no spur of the moment visits and please abide by the visiting hours posted on the front door, ask to wash hands and remove shoes. Post this sign above in plain sight for all to see. You are not being demanding by being this way you know people always ask what they can do ,this is a great way to let them know! Another thought is ask for help in form of a postpartum doula. Gift certificates at the baby shower make a great gift!!! hint hint!

A Father’s Role

Years ago, fathers were made to wait in the hallways and waiting rooms until they heard how their partners and babies were doing. This is no longer the case.
Times have changed and now fathers get to be very involved in the birth of their children. They have to try and remember all of the labor terms, medical procedures, positions and massages, techniques for a more comfortable labor as well as how to keep mom breathing and relaxed, all without leaving the mother’s side.
A doula does not take the place of the father. Rather, she is there to support the mother and father together as part of the birth team. Studies have even shown that it can help bring a couple closer and make the birth more intimate. With doula support, fathers tend to stay more involved with their partner rather than pull away in times of stress.  We are there to help bring out dad’s inner super star supportive self, and enable him to show his love for his wife as she labors to bring your baby earthside.