Postpartum support can include but is not limited to this list, we will work together on how to best meet your individual needs and the needs of your family.
Physical & Emotional Support:
I will be there as an intent listener and make space for you to tell your story and voice any frustrations or concerns. It is my job to ensure that the basic needs of the new baby and mother are met, including self-care, nutrition, sleep, and other comfort measures after the birthing experience. This support can be extended to other family members as needed.
The training I received to become a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist has equipped me with the knowledge and ability to help you with positioning, and other struggles that are common with feeding. I have a well-rounded education with a background in health care, and the DONA Workshop I completed has given me even more tips and tricks that I would love to share with you.
Babies don't come with an instruction manual and whether this is your first baby, or your fifth – you cannot be expected to know or remember it all. I can provide helpful information for all aspects of care that may make it a bit easier to get used to your new baby, and to keep them comfortable and content.
Bringing home a new baby can come as quite the shock for older siblings, it is important to try to keep things as normal as possible for them. My role during our time together will include spending time with your other children, or creating the time for you to spend with them allowing for an ongoing connection.
Postpartum Mood Disorder:
With fifteen years of experience as a Registered Nurse working in the mental health sector, I am aware of the issues associated with the postpartum period and can provide you with information and referrals to community resources. Although I cannot formally diagnose any condition, I have a strong understanding of them and the ability to support those who are struggling - in a compassionate and non-judgmental manner.
As a mom of three, I know how nice it is to have a little help around the house. I can ensure that your home continues to run efficiently, so that you can focus on your recovery. I will complete general tasks around the house including tidying up, doing laundry, and food preparation.
As your doula, I will not:
Provide information or educate you based on my own personal beliefs or lifestyle choices.
Diagnose conditions in the baby, mother, or any other family member.
Perform clinical or medical procedures.
Overstep boundaries and consider myself the expert over your body, feelings, or experience.
Judge you, your home, your family members, or friends.
Share any of your personal information.