Everyone likes to poke fun at you while you are pregnant, telling you that once your child is born, you can forget about sleep. What is so funny about that? And how can we prove them wrong?
With overnight postpartum care – that’s how!
Did you know that once upon a time – a long, long time ago, before the age of industrialization – women were actually encouraged to stay in bed for weeks on end after giving birth? You would sleep, and nurse, and sleep, and eat, and sleep. In fact, some cultures still honor this practice.
Lucky for you, you still have this option. Even if your family lives far away, or if your parents aren’t ready to retire (and therefore can’t dedicate all their time to helping you raise your little one). All you have to do is call your trusted postpartum doula!
Some experts say the number one rule you should follow when parenting a newborn is to sleep when the baby sleeps. That’s great advice, but I say the number one rule parents must follow is to learn to accept help!
We are here to help you.
Overnight postpartum doulas offer services above and beyond what a “baby nurse” or “night nurse” will do. (Did you know they aren’t always actually licensed nurses?). In brief, a baby nurse will care for your baby, while a postpartum doula cares for the ENTIRE FAMILY!
A postpartum doula will take care of your tiny wonder while you sleep. What? Sleep? Yes, you get to sleep. Imagine that!
If you are a breastfeeding mother, we will wake you when your baby is hungry. While you are nursing, you’ll have your overnight postpartum doula at your disposal, to fill your drink, get you a snack, answer questions and give you nonjudgmental support.
Once you are done nursing, you get to go right back to bed. Your postpartum doula will change the poopy diaper, swaddle and comfort your baby back to sleep. This allows you a FEW EXTRA HOURS OF SLEEP EACH NIGHT.
If your baby is taking a bottle, your overnight postpartum doula will honor the feeding schedule that works for your family.
Families of singletons, twins, and triplets are increasingly turning to postpartum doula support for guidance, reassurance, confidence and rest during the postpartum period.
Imagine waking up actually feeling refreshed and well rested ready to take on the day with your tiny new wonder.
ANOTHER BONUS is that you wake up to a house that is clean. Daily snacks and meals are prepared for you. Laundry is done, clothing folded. Bottles/parts/pumps are all sanitized. Dishes are clean and put away.
Could life be any better than this? All the necessary day to day stuff is taken care of. All you have to worry about is falling in love with this tiny human that has entered your world.
While one in seven women will experience a postpartum mood disorder after giving birth, it’s comforting to know that overnight postpartum support decreases the likelihood of this happening. If you do struggle emotionally after giving birth, there is no better option than having the support of a postpartum doula by your side, armed with knowledge, experience, a kind heart and a trunk load of resources to help you get through it.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be struggling emotionally to benefit from postpartum doula services. Postpartum doulas are for happy people too!