A wedding is to a marriage, as a birth is to postpartum.
Think about how many hours go into planning a wedding. The venue is booked a year in advance, the dress is ordered and made, and the flowers and cake are ordered. Often though, not much time is spent on talking about how you each handle money, how you deal with conflict, or how you want to raise your children (or if you even want to have children). Even if you have gone through some premarital counseling, there will definitely be things that come up that you haven’t prepared for.
The same can be said for birth. Lots of thought goes into the provider, the birthing place, what you do or do not want to happen at your birth, then the photographer is booked, all the necessary items are purchased, the nursery is decorated, and the furniture is put together.
But then you come home and the postpartum period begins.
There’s a possibility that you haven’t thought about what it’s going to take to feed your baby, how you’re going to still interact with your toddler, how you’re going to do laundry or prepare meals, not to mention how you’re going to feed yourself or get a shower. Even if you have arranged for some help, your mom and mother-in-law might just want to hold the baby.
When you have a postpartum doula, you have someone who is prepared. She has been trained to help you get the things you need, to make sure that you are taking care of yourself, and empowering you to make decisions as you begin (or continue) your parenting role.
Don’t leave the postpartum period up to chance. Prepare for it by hiring a postpartum doula.
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A great article and so true! So glad you shared this. The season of pregnancy and the anticipation of becoming a new mom can hit a hard wall in those early days after birth. I wasn’t fortunate to have a doula when my children were born. But I know that having someone equipped to give me support and needed words of encouragement, as well as an extra set of caring hands, would have made a big difference in how I handled those first few weeks. And postpartum isn’t just something that afflicts new moms…it can affect the new dad too!