Postpartum

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.

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

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.