Meet our postpartum doulas’ alter ego. Mary Poppins! She flies into family’s homes just when they need them the most. With Postpartum doulas, that typically is the first few days home with baby, when your partner is back at work, or when sleep deprivation peaks after a few weeks without adequate rest. Just like Mary says that she will “leave when the wind changes”, your doula will be with you until the situation changes. When you feel ready to be on your own.
So what is Mary, aka your Postpartum Doula all about?
New parenting can be a very overwhelming time. Best practices in newborn care can be conflicting and changes often as evidence based research is released. That means what was best practice 30 years ago is no longer what is considered safe. For example, sleep practices in the 1980s, was that babies should be put to sleep on their stomach. Now we know that back is best for newborn sleep to reduce SIDS.
Doulas take all the information out there and help to make sense of it all. Increasing confidence quickly and finding your way in parenting can be a whirlwind of relief.
Makes the Sunshine Bright
Perinatal & Postnatal Mood Disorders effect 1 in 4 new families. One of the most important factors in treatment is increasing support within the home. Postpartum doulas provide a skilled set of hands during the day or night, whenever the most challenging time for parents is. On top of the skilled physical support, doulas are trained to recognize signs of depression and/or anxiety to help families connect with professional resources within the community as soon as possible. Plus a non-judgemental ear to talk through challenges in between sessions with their mental health expert.
It’s a Jolly Holiday with Mary
Doulas really help to not just survive the newborn stage but to actually enjoy it! Everyone says that children grow up so quickly, so why not savour more of the early days? Night doulas can help both parents prioritize sleep with a newborn. We all know that when we have a good night’s rest, our days can be so much smoother. More time to cuddle, connect and be productive as a growing family.
Just a Spoon Full of Sugar
Going through the first few weeks after a baby is tough. Doulas help make the transition easier. Putting routines into place help babies and parents alike to thrive! Your doula team has tips and tricks for just about anything to do with newborn care. They are newborn experts after all! From bathing, feeding, diapering, soothing and sleeping, there are ways to get into the rhythm of parenting.
Let’s Go Fly a Kite
Doulas empower parents to find their way. There is no perfect algorithm to parenting, but many permutations of options that will feel natural to you. Your doula provides the toolbox, and you get to choose the tools that work for you and your baby.