While we all have an inner knowing about how to birth and look after our children, there is also so much that needs to be learned. We learn by observing others, and by being taught. But in our culture, much of that is missing, and so we need to seek out those who we feel a connection to, that will help us on our journey towards parenthood.
Doulas can provide this support, support that is caring, knowledgeable, empathetic, and non-judgemental. My role is to help you create the necessary steps and environment, to ease your way into parenthood or a new baby, and to help you get the very most you can out of this amazing, beautiful time!
Why Support Through the Childbearing Year?
So much of preparing for labour and birth, for example, and for the arrival of a new baby, can be done during pregnancy. For labour and birth, we can really explore what your desires are, what your concerns are, and how we can best create the environment to facilitate these desires. For the postpartum period, we can set up your networks, learn the basics of breastfeeding, prepare for some of the changes you will all face, and just have the things on hand that might help you and that you will need.
Once the baby arrives, you will have help with baby care, breastfeeding (working with you until you feel comfortable with breastfeeding) and setting up your own support network. You will be cared for with the knowledge of what you, the baby, and the rest of the family may be going through, and also helped with light errands/house cleaning/meal preparation and sibling care, so that you can have the time you need to get to know the new baby. This care will often continue into the first few months, as needed.
By working together throughout the childbearing year (or whatever part of that year pertains to you), we can deal with all the different issues the come up for both of you and the baby as you each go through new phases of development and growth!
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