Postpartum Care

Daytime Postpartum Care | Overnight Postpartum Care

The Importance of Postpartum Care

Bringing a new baby into the family is a once in a lifetime event. You and your baby deserve a happy, healthy transition. Get the doula care you need to make it the best it can be. Getting the right start can be truly priceless.

Quality postpartum support can have a huge effect on a mother’s physical recovery, emotional state, and success with breastfeeding.

As doulas, we have seen how postpartum care and support for the whole family lowers the rate of postpartum depression, raises the success rate of breastfeeding, helps couples feel more connected, and allows parents to feel more confident in their early parenting skills and to trust themselves in their parenting moving forward.

One of the major obstacles to the best transition is sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation can sabotage the families’ adjustment to a new baby.

According to the National Institute of Health, during the night, while you sleep, your brain grows and heals. This is important to helping to realign hormone levels, which can affect both your mood and general health.

Many new parents do not even not even realize that they have become sleep deficient. They may notice that they are tired, but not recognize how much it affects their functioning. Lack of sleep impacts your memory, and new parents often refer to the first few weeks of having a new baby as a blur.

Having help to get enough rest can allow you to enjoy and remember this precious time with your baby.

Our families schedule care for as little as a few nights or for many months. We specialize in nighttime postpartum care.

The ideal time to schedule care is before the new baby joins the household. When you schedule early, we can be sure to have our specially trained doulas on hand for you.

Do you have some special expectant parents in your life? Give the gift of peace of mind and a good night’s sleep with our gift certificates for classes and postpartum services. Do you know parents who are expecting multiples or need support through a new adoption? Contact us for a personal consultation to discuss your needs and set up the best services for you.

Daytime Postpartum Care

Daytime doulas generally work 3-5 hours a day, 2-5 days a week. Your doula will help the family adjust to having a new baby in the house. She is a specialist in newborn care.

The time when baby is first brought home is a time of adjustment for the family.  Whether first baby or not, it is a time of getting to know each other. Often it is also a time of being overwhelmed and unsure of what to do or how to do it. A postpartum Doula can help you and your family through this time.

It is important to us to offer a full package of care so we have included daytime help for clients who need it. A daytime Postpartum Doula takes care of the whole family.

Ways a daytime doula can help:

  • Emotional support
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Teach/model newborn care
  • Household tasks/light housekeeping
  • Help with sibling transitions into being an older brother or sister
  • Preparation of meals
  • Be there to “MOTHER” the mother
  • Accompany mom on outings such as to doctors’ offices, etc.
  • Run errands for the family such as to the grocery store or pharmacy
  • Provide lending library of books on infant care, postpartum depression, breastfeeding, etc
  • Act as a resource for community services

Learn more about Postpartum Doula care in our extensive FAQ section.

Overnight Postpartum Care

Overnight doulas generally work an eight hour shift,  1-5 nights a week. We can provide 7 nights a week care with advanced notice, though you will work with multiple doulas. An overnight doula allows the family to get the sleep that they need. Our overnight doulas receive advanced training in infant sleep needs in addition to the standard training in infant care, breastfeeding, and family support.

Your overnight doula usually works 10-6am or 11-7am; extra hours may be arranged.

We believe that new parents need support in order to get enough sleep in the early weeks of parenting. This can be a key factor in avoiding postpartum depression. At the same time, families may need guidance in learning how to nighttime parent. Nighttime parenting takes a different skill set than parenting during the day. Sometimes it is difficult to know how to read your baby’s nighttime signals. You have to learn how to be responsive to baby, without discouraging the baby’s ability to settle him/herself.

Our society does not always provide parents with accurate information on what are “normal” newborn behaviors.  An overnight specialist (or doula) is knowledgeable in infant sleep patterns as well as the things that can interfere with a good night sleep for baby – and the whole family!

At Austin Baby Guru, we believe that sleeping is not something you can force a baby to do. You can, however, create a secure environment that allows sleep to naturally overtake your baby. A realistic long-term goal is to help your baby develop a healthy attitude about sleep: that sleep is a pleasant state to enter and a secure state in which to remain. The overnight doula can help you to work with your baby’s temperament while encouraging a healthy sleep pattern.

Ways an overnight postpartum doula can help:

  • Ensure the family gets some sleep
  • Emotional support
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Teach/model newborn care
  • Be there to “MOTHER” the mother
  • Provide lending library of books on infant care, postpartum depression, breastfeeding, etc.
  • Act as a resource for community services

Learn more about Postpartum Doula care in our extensive FAQ section.

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