As a Postnatal Doula I am able to provide emotional, physical and informational support for the family. Mothering you so you are able to care for your new baby confidently. The aim of a postnatal doula is to support a woman’s transition into parenthood and to protect your babymoon and fourth trimester.
During pregnancy most of the focus is directed towards preparing for labor and birth, but what happens afterward when you have your sweet baby in arms and need to settle in at home?
The postnatal period is the time in which you discover your baby, yourself as parent/mother and slowly adjust to the new life you now have. This experience requires time, patience and a well-informed support network (i.e. sometimes well-meaning family and friends need to be educated on how best to support you!). Self-care can often be overlooked during this time due to attending to the immediate needs of a newborn, thinking about what might make life easier in your pregnancy is a great idea to be well prepared for postpartum.
I really encourage my clients to do nothing but bond and care for their babies during the early weeks; allow your body to rest, heal and recover from the enormous and amazing job of giving birth. There is nothing more important than prioritising your mental space, emotions and physical recovery – the first few months lay the foundation of how parents and baby’s first year together play out. Of course, much of it is unpredictable but there are some steps you can take to help this babymoon time go as smoothly as possible.
I have worked as a Nanny since 2014 caring for young babies and children providing holistic care to my families, I adored building relationships and still hold friendships with them many years on. My experience and skills learnt through working as a breastfeeding peer supporter and a nanny are transferable to postnatal doula care. As your postnatal doula I will work to provide you with individualised package and support to encourage your family to glide to your own rhythm and beat. My role is guided by your needs but some of my care may include the following:
- Debriefing your birth or breastfeeding experience
- Breastfeeding/ Infant feeding support
- Listening to you, answering any questions which arise
- Signposting to information, resources and local support
- Shopping for, preparing and cooking meals – ensuring the whole family is well fed
- School or nursery runs
- Caring for animal friends
- Light housework
- Caring for baby while you sleep
My postnatal care is flexible, please get in touch to explore options and pricing.