Maybe you’ve heard of a postpartum and infant care doula. All the cool kids have, these days. But if you’re like a lot of families in Maryland and DC, you aren’t exactly sure if it’s a service you want to use.
I think of myself as something of a guide through this time of transition. I help parents adjust to life with a new baby, and I help babies adjust to a whole new world.
Here are just a few reasons you might hire one of us:
Between discharge from the hospital and your six-week appointment with your OB/GYN, your body changes a lot. Some of these changes seem a little unsettling but are actually quite common after a baby. A postpartum doula can reassure you that [insert thing your body is doing here] is normal.
Most new parents are tired when they come home from the hospital. But the advice to nap with their newborn ignores that other things like laundry (why do babies have so much laundry?), managing visitors and cooking still need to happen. You can delegate all of the above to your postpartum doula.
Being home alone with a newborn is often lonely. And so many people in the DC area don’t have family in the area. This can make going from an office with colleagues and friends, to focusing on your infant can be a bumpy transition- whether it’s for a few weeks or longer term. A postpartum doula can help the adjustment to the new normal.
There are a lot of decisions to make with each new baby, and it can be helpful to have someone to support you in them. Family and friends may have your best interests in mind, but they likely also have opinions about what would be best for your family. Hiring a postpartum and infant care doula brings experience, expertise and support, that’s completely focused on helping you find what’s right for you.
Having an infant can be tough, and I don’t believe we’re meant to do it alone. With the help of a doula, you can be more than a sleep deprived sitcom character with no time to shower. You can truly enjoy your baby as a newborn, and even your return to work. We know it takes a village, and doulas are a part of that.
Does any of this sound appealing? Do you still have some questions? Drop me a line, and I’ll be happy to talk about how I can support you and your family.