Why Postpartum Care Matters
Because YOU matter. Often, we place much of our energy and worry into the newborn baby but you just worked really hard to bring them Earthside and deserve just as much energy put into your recovery.
The first couple weeks after baby is born can be stressful. You don't know this kid! All the planning you had done prior could potentially fly out the window because your new bundle of joy isn't a fan of that one soothing technique you learned or wow, they so much harder to get still enough to diaper than that doll you practiced on! A postpartum doula is a wealth of resources and baby knowledge. A PPD is also great for things that you didn't even know you needed - baby chiropractor?! Postpartum acupuncture?! - those are resources that are in the rolodex. They can also help assist with physical after birth care for mom like a sitz bath as well as light housework and errands so you can spend time with baby. Feeding baby is a mama’s number one concern and a PPD offers breastfeeding assistance (different latches, clogged duct care, pumping know how) as well as bottle fed assistance (bottle types, preparation and bottle sterilization) as well as information on how to formula feed.
Having a postpartum doula is still a good idea even if you think you'll already have help because a doula provides UNBIASED and NON-JUDGEMENTAL assistance. Parenting is a lot of throwing ideas at the wall and seeing what sticks and a postpartum doula has a whole toolbox of ideas to throw! A doula isn't going to get upset if something in her toolbox isn’t working for you. She's there to help you create your own toolbox! A doula is your ultimate champion, a shoulder to cry on, and arms to hug. They listen, support, and encourage you to do what's best for you as a mom.