Postpartum Doula: A Day in the Life

Postpartum Doula: A Day in the Life

I often get a lot of confused faces when I tell people that I am a postpartum doula. It is indeed hard to explain as my work is so varying and differs from one client to another. I worked with a wonderful Mama recently, however, and it was one of those days when I had that "I love my job!" feeling and I thought I would share it here so that you Mamas and Mamas-to-be could get a better idea of what we postpartum doulas can do to help you!

Here is a day in the life of a postpartum doula:

8:30am - I arrive just as Daddy is off to bring their 3-year old to Kindergarten. He has to head into the office that day for a few hours leaving Mama alone with the new baby for the first time. They all are putting on smiling faces but I can see that they have had a rough night.

Introducing Solids: A How-To Guide

Introducing Solids: A How-To Guide

Usually around the 6 month mark, your pediatrician will give you the go-ahead to start your baby on solids. Questions start to swarm your mind: What will be her first food? Should I start with a vegetable or a fruit? What time of day should his first meal be? How will this affect breastfeeding? Starting your baby on solids might seem like a daunting feat but we are here to help! Below are some tips on how to make your weaning journey a successful one!

10 Pregnancy Myths BUSTED

10 Pregnancy Myths BUSTED

People are shameless when it comes to giving advice to pregnant women. Whether or not you have asked for it, friends, your sister-in-law or random people on the street will seem to think it is perfectly OK to give you their opinion about your pregnancy and unborn baby. Sometimes these opinions are welcome and based on facts and other times they are complete myths and old wives tales. Here are the top 10 pregnancy myths and whether or not they hold any truth:

1. Avoid Caffeine

FALSE - While the food and drinks that you consume are delivered directly to baby, this doesn't mean that you have to give up your morning lifeline cup of coffee cold turkey. One cup of coffee

Preparing for Baby Number Two with Patricia Parisienne

Preparing for Baby Number Two with Patricia Parisienne

So many of my clients come to me in preparing for their second child. They come to me knowing that they want something different than what they experienced with their first or they are just overwhelmed with the idea of managing two little ones! I work with them on birth expectations, VBAC, planning postpartum, preparing siblings and more but I thought that an interview with a Mama awaiting and preparing for baby number two would be the perfect way to address all the issues that second time Mamas-to-be face. 

I first met California native, PatriciaParisienne when she was living in Paris. Tricia is a social media guru, businesswomen, entrepreneur and somehow seems to do it all! She has since moved to London, gotten married and had her beautiful little boy George just over a year ago. We have supported each other through the ups and downs of raising little ones via Instagram and now, Tricia is awaiting the arrival of baby number two. 

How old is George now and how old will he be when Baby #2 arrives?

George is now 18 months (I can’t believe it!) and will be 20 months when Baby #2 is born.

Did you always plan on having kids close in age?

We didn’t set out to have two under two but are excited! We ideally wanted to have them

Basics of Bottle Feeding

Basics of Bottle Feeding

There is so much information supporting breastfeeding mothers these days but if you are a formula-feeding mother, for whatever reason, it is still important to have emotional and practical support to make sure that your baby is fed and healthy. There are so many formula and bottle choices and knowing what is the best option for your baby can be difficult. Below is a guide to help you navigate these options and provide your formula-fed little one with the best.

Choosing the right formula

Choosing the right formula for your baby might be the hardest and most overwhelming choice as there are so many options: Probiotic, newborn, iron-fortified, easily digested, and more! My tip? Unless your paediatrician recommends something specific, start with something well-rounded and basic and go from there.

How to Prepare your Toddler for a New Baby

How to Prepare your Toddler for a New Baby

There is something unique and special about having your first baby. The nerves and excitement and taking the time to prepare and set up the nursery just right. Then, baby number two rolls around and there is a whole new set of challenges and emotions. How will you manage an energetic toddler with the demands of a newborn? Are you emotionally ready to divide your love and attention between two little ones? And the biggest question: how will my first child react to the new baby?

One of my more common requests as a maternity consultant is to work with clients on preparing an older sibling for the arrival of a new little brother or sister. The toddler period is a difficult time for your child where they are fiercely independent but are still developing their physical, emotional and language skills to be able to achieve this independence. Introducing a new sibling into the mix is a huge change for them and brings big emotions that they often don’t have the ability to fully comprehend or express which leads to regressions and meltdowns. Combine that with the demands of a newborn and a sleep-deprived Mom and Dad and you have a pretty stressful new family dynamic!
 

Healthy Sleep Habits from Day One

Healthy Sleep Habits from Day One

Life with a new baby is often defined by how much sleep you’re (not) getting. Sure, some new mamas luck out with newborns who magically sleep through the night from very early on. But for most of us, sleep becomes a thing of the past. So what if we told you it doesn’t have to be that way? Indeed, you can instill good sleep habits from day one so that you and baby get the sleep that you deserve and need.

Herbal Recipes for Postpartum Healing

Herbal Recipes for Postpartum Healing

After birth, a mother's two main focuses should be bonding with the baby and taking care of herself. In many cultures throughout the world, the postpartum period is filled with almost spa-like rituals where the mother gets fed healing foods, massaged, wrapped in silk and more. Getting Mama back on her feet and feeling better physically is a huge step in postpartum recovery.

I have put together some herbal blends that I give to my doula client to help them physically but also force them to take a minute for themselves and balances out the hormonal ups and downs that postpartum often brings. 

Breastfeeding - A Survival Guide for the First 2 Weeks

Breastfeeding - A Survival Guide for the First 2 Weeks

The early weeks of your baby’s life can be a wonderful time of getting acquainted with that new little soul, and they can also be exhausting and overwhelming. Many mothers tell me later that they were completely unprepared for the reality of recovering from their birth plus the demands of caring for and feeding a new baby. I’m here to help lighten the load. In addition to what I have written here today, I would love to help you one-on-one through an in-person breastfeeding consultation or a secure online eConsult. The first 2 weeks are typically the most tiring no matter what.  However, if you know what to expect, you can reduce some common stressors. To help, I’ve written a survival guide for breastfeeding in the first 2 weeks of baby’s life.

Postpartum: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Postpartum: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Postpartum: That emotionally turbulent and physically demanding period that follows the birth of your perfect little bub. Most Mamas spend their pregnancy preparing for the birth, the big show, the grand entry of your little one into this world! Throughout pregnancy people ask you if you are scared or how to you feel about giving birth. Will you have an epidural or go drug free? Scheduled C-section? Have you been doing your prenatal yoga? So much focus is put on the birth that many women are completely blind sighted with the realities of their postpartum recovery.  

 

So what actually happens postpartum? Here are some things that you can expect in the first 6-8 weeks postpartum:

Guilt-Free Co-Sleeping

Guilt-Free Co-Sleeping

Weeks before our baby boy was born I had set up and decorated his crib, eager and ready to put our happily sleeping newborn in the cosy space I had created for him. After a difficult and very long birth, I held my perfect, sleeping baby in my hospital room and gently placed him into the plastic cot next to my bed, ready to get a few hours of shut-eye myself.  The minute I closed my eyes, however, my tiny little boy let out a cry that ripped my heart in two. I quickly pulled him back into my arms, wedged him in between the nursing pillow and both of us dozed in and out of sleep for the rest of the night. Suddenly, the cozy crib that I had set up for him seemed huge and cold and it just felt right to have him cuddled up with me. Even after all I read about safe sleep habits and the dangers of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), having my son in my arms seemed to be the only way that any of us were getting any sleep.

Sound familiar?

Co-sleeping, however, doesn't have to mean bed-sharing. Essentially, co-sleeping is any arrangement in which the baby sleeps in close proximity to the mother, whether this means that the baby sleeps in the bed with her, in a co-sleeper attached at one side to the mother's bed, a bassinet where baby is at arm's reach from Mama or in their own bed in the same room. Whatever the configuration, remember that no one knows your baby better than you and what you believe is right for your family might be very different from what others choose and that is more than OK.