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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!

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: