Stabilize. Stay afloat. Settle in.
Maine is a fantastic place to raise a family! And yet, a new baby knocks everyone a bit off course. But no matter what your birth plan or parenting philosophy, a postpartum doula will help you steer to calmer waters — and let you savor and enjoy the incredible journey ahead.
By investing in postpartum help at home, you are investing in your family’s health and well being. The early days and weeks after a baby’s birth are a time of highs and lows, sunny days and stormy seas. A doula’s role is to help you weather the swells, first by making sure your basic needs are being met, and then by helping you get your bearings as a parent.
Investing in extra help at home when a new baby arrives makes a world of difference. Research suggests that in cultures where mothers have strong social support in the months following childbirth, the entire family benefits. Studies have shown that in-home postpartum help even helps head off depression. But for many of us living far from our families, that kind of caregiving community is no longer the norm. A postpartum doula can make all the difference.
What is a postpartum doula?
A doula is an experienced professional who supports your family as you welcome a new baby. A postpartum doula visits you at home after baby arrives to help you all settle in. A good postpartum doula will:
- Make sure you are nourished, rested, and validated;
- Coach you through the practicalities of postpartum recovery;
- Keep the basic household functions from swamping you (groceries, laundry, dishes, and more);
- Listen when you feel like talking and hold space for you when you don’t.
The time a doula spends in your home will nurture and uplift you and make it easier for you to bond with your new baby.
Why hire a postpartum doula?
We all have family and friends who want to help, but help from the people we love sometimes comes with strings: overnight stays, the pressure to entertain or impress, complicated emotions. With my professional postpartum help, you don’t have to worry about anyone else: you come as you are, get what you need, and chart the course you want. Whether this is your first baby or your fifth, having postpartum support is an essential investment in your well being. A doula’s job is to help your whole family flourish.
Where do I find a postpartum doula?
There are several ways to find the right doula for you. Start by asking your OB or midwife who they recommend! If your friends or caregivers don’t have many names to share, pick up a copy of the Birth Roots Resource Guide. And feel free to drop me a line for a few personal recommendations.