Are you expecting, or have recently had a baby? Congratulations, it’s a special and very exciting time!
And, most new parents, even the most excited and the most experienced parents will say that navigating through those first days, even weeks and months, after bringing home a new baby is anything but easy! It means changing routines, dividing time and just trying to figure out how to juggle it all – technically, logistically, psychologically, physically and emotionally.
Some things can make the transition to home even more challenging, such as if mom had a cesarean delivery or any other birth complications, and so called “baby blues” where moms experience mood swings, tearfulness, lack of concentration, irritability and anxiety.
The challenge that many families run into is finding the help they need to support them through these first few weeks, months, or longer, as needed.
Research shows that moms, dads and infants have an easier time with this transition if a good support system is in place. While accepting help is the absolute best thing you can do for yourself as a new parent, and you may have an amazingly supportive network, there can STILL be a huge need for the additional professional support. This is where the help of a postpartum doula can be just the answer you are looking for.
What does real postpartum support look like?
The support you need may look different from one day to the next – one day it may be emotional support, a shoulder to cry on or someone to laugh with; another day it may be more household support, doing chores, preparing meals; and yet another day it may be more baby care while you rest or tend to other duties.
Nowadays, many families are hiring postpartum doulas to help them with their transition into parenthood – they assist families who are bringing home a new baby, whether that is through birth or adoption.
As a matter of fact, more and more parents are asking for postpartum doula service as a shower or baby gift from family and friends.
The early days with a new baby should be spent enjoying this time, and not having to constantly feel stressed about getting enough sleep, getting all the chores done, making food, etc.
A postpartum doula provides evidenced based information, experience, and hands-on support with emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, feeding the baby, soothing the baby, and basic newborn care.
Also, there are times when your support team may be offering to help you, but you don’t even know where you need help or what kind of help you need – postpartum doulas are great at assessing the situation and filling in where the help is needed the most, even when you don’t know what to ask for.
There are many incredible examples of the unconditional love and loyalty of postpartum support, but sometimes your friends and family do not really know what you are struggling with, or exactly how to help and the time to help you.
The goal of a postpartum doula support is to strengthen and support families, so they are well rested, nourished (physically and emotionally), and have greater confidence in raising an infant.
At Keystone State Doulas, we go the extra mile by also receiving our training as Newborn Care Specialists to enhance our support to your family and newborn.
You and your family will find great satisfaction with our daytime support, our overnight support as well as our 24-hour live-in support. You don’t have to wait until things fall apart – get yourself set up with the best postpartum doula support available in PA now.
We invite you to check out our site and contact us to see how our doula services can make a difference for you and your family.
Or, call us at (717) 502-BABY!