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Postpartum is a period of recovery and healing.
If you prepare a support team, you can talk with them about ways to support the postpartum period.
Maybe a neighbour could leave food at your doorstep or take your dog for a walk. A doctor could chat on the phone or set up a video call – and discuss when you may need to get in-person support.
This can be help around the house, looking after baby while mum (and her partner) nap, helping with older siblings, making meals, helping with dinner time or the school run, helping overnight so the parents get more sleep, walking dog or even wrapping Christmas presents.
Whatever is needed to help a family relax and have a positive experience of life with a baby. Unlike a maternity nurse, a doula is not there to take care of the baby for you. Instead, a postnatal doula supports you to be the parent you want to be.
Postnatal doulas also provide emotional support for mothers and couples. A postnatal doula gives new parents the opportunity to talk things through, and just chat, knowing that they will not be dismissed or told what to do. Talking over the birth is a usual part of this, but postnatal doulas can also be there to support parents through concerns about siblings, feeding, going back to work, weaning, sleep – and what granny said she did in her day.
Infant feeding support, including breastfeeding.
Rest is one of the key elements for recovery after birth. I provide you with the relief overnight supporting with caring, sleeping and feeding whilst you restore from either birth or a surgery.
Inspired by postnatal massage closing the bones, the Postnatal Recovery Massage is done on a massage table and involves using a rebozo shawls to rock and bind the mother’s body, together with an extensive massage of the abdomen, hips, waist, ribs, chest, shoulders and arms with a special warming oil. It is designed to help realign and balance a new mother, as well as help her return to her centre, both physically and energetically. BOOK HERE.