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When a new baby is added to a family it creates a big shift. Parents often worry about this transition, wondering how will they adjust in the first few days, weeks, and months, will they know what to do, what if they do something wrong, or they lack the skills, and knowledge.

Though we are all on the same journey, we may explore different destinations. Like a travel guides in a foreign country, a postpartum doula supports families.

REASONS WHY FAMILIES HIRE A POSTPARTUM DOULA

Help adjusting to life with baby

We get bombarded with images of happy, thriving, staged, and photoshopped families. Often parents put unrealistic expectations on themselves and their babies, of what they should be doing, which causes huge stress. Having a doula at your side helps you navigate the world of being a parent to one, or more kids.

Your needs will vary from day to day. Together you will explore what your family wants and needs, setting the stage for realistic and manageable expectations, and to help you take things one step at a time.

It’s all hands-on deck with a new baby, and postpartum doulas can help the days go by more smoothly by helping with some of the day-to-day household tasks, to allow the focus to be on the bonding and connection of your new family.

The transition into new parenthood can be vulnerable, postpartum doulas are experts in emotional support, active listening, and encouraging new parents to follow their own hearts. Empathy, a hug or even a good laugh together can do so much for a new parent!

Addressing fears, calming anxieties

“Is this normal?” “Is there something wrong with my baby?” “Am I doing it wrong?” “What if I don’t like being a parent?” We compare ourselves a lot to others, judge ourselves and our babies when things do not follow what the experts advise.

Postpartum doulas are trained to understand what new babies, and families truly need. Babies are competent and amazing at communicating their needs, however as new parents you may not understand the language yet. Your doula will act as your interpreter and language coach. Teaching you skills, building your confidence, explaining normal newborn and new parent behaviour.

To receive current, research based information, and non-judgmental support

Your doula is an expert on all things baby, in spite of the ever-changing recommendations. They draw from current research, time tested, and practical tips. Each family is diverse, and their needs change with each passing stage. Your doula will help you navigate and make adjustments along the way, no matter where it takes you. It is important that you do not feel judged while you are learning to care for your baby, and adjust to this new phase. When we listen, respect, and support a family’s needs it allows them to flow with the parenting options that resonate best for their families, at this moment, which creates a more peaceful and thriving home life.

Breastfeeding support

Because early breastfeeding can pose its challenges, having another set of eyes, and a non-sleep deprived brain in the room can be beneficial. Sometimes all a breastfeeding parent needs is someone to tell them, you and baby are on the right track, look how awesome baby is feeding. Other times more trouble shooting is required.

Because we need to sleep and eat

Nurturing the parent, so they can nurture the baby. You cannot fuel from an empty tank. Your physical, and emotional recovery is important, and lays the foundation for healthy relationships with yourself, your partner, and your baby. Simple things like eating and drinking are easily overlooked while focusing on a newborn, however, they are extremely important for every family member. By having a postpartum doula parents can allow themselves “real” sleep, knowing that a trained professional is caring for the baby while they rest, adjust, and recover.

Better bonding

Postpartum depression and anxiety are on the rise for both parents. When a parent is depressed it impacts how they respond and bond to the people around them. Doulas are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of the baby blues, postpartum depression and anxiety. Your doula can advise you of what is a “normal” part of your emotional recovery and what you might need some help with.

Research has shown that new parents who feel supported, secure, and cared for during the postpartum period, are more successful in adapting to parenthood than those who do not.

By helping you interpret the messages your baby is giving, explaining what is normal and healthy will help decrease frustration levels. Highlighting the connection, and engaging with your babies, while honouring your needs, creates stronger, happy, healthier families for years and generations to come.

POSTPARTUM DOULA SUPPORT

Non-judgmental, emotional, and physical support for your family’s needs

  • Hands on education to increase your confidence in
    • newborn care
    • how to read baby cues
    • safe and healthy sleep for everyone
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  • Breast/bottle/cup feeding support
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  • Light housekeeping
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  • Preparation of handy and healthy meals and snacks
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  • Relieving parents so they can care for themselves
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  • Care for mom in her postpartum recovery
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  • Sibling care
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  • Quick errands and groceries
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  • Pet care
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  • Help establish a manageable, realistic routine that honours each family, and their values
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  • Provide specific resources the family might find helpful

POSTPARTUM DOULA PACKAGES

  • HELP US! - Day time hourly rate $30. Minimum four hour per day.
  • Sun is down and baby is up! - Evening and overnight hourly rate $35. Minimum six hour per day.

Postpartum doula support is provided by Erica Nedelko.

As a Postpartum Doula, Erica enjoys bringing some peace and harmony to a new family; giving families the gift of time, rest and self-care. She has held a longtime passion for breastfeeding, and has been supporting families as a Breastfeeding Educator since 2007, armed with skills of what is normal for a newborn, and how to maintain your unique breastfeeding arrangement.

As an Infant sleep educator, Erica will review the goals you have for your sleep health, and explore options that support your families optimal health, well-being, and sanity.

At Birth Beginnings, we believe that every new parent deserves loving support, and benefits from being empowered in their new journey.

For more information or to book a complimentary consultation for postpartum doula support

Erica Nedelko
289-795-0472
erica@birthbeginnings.com