I created this list to help new parents and expecting parents understand how a postpartum doula can solve some of their common worries.
“How do I know my baby is getting enough milk?”
Breastfeeding Support and Knowledge – Most hospitals provide wonderful lactation care. After you return home, I will help make sure your latch and positioning are optimal for successful breastfeeding. Even when things are going well with breastfeeding clients have questions and I am happy answer them so you feel confident that breastfeeding is off to a good start.
“I don’t know much about newborns, how do I best take care of my new baby?”
Newborn Care and Education – Newborns are very different from older babies. I will support you to parent the way you want while increasing your understanding of the unique characteristics of a newborn.
“My baby is crying! What should I do?”
Soothing Techniques – Many new parents want to feel confident soothing their baby/babies. I will help you learn how to parent with confidence so if baby is unhappy you know how to respond.
“How do I get stuff done and keep my baby happy at the same time?
Babywearing – I can demonstrate and suggest options for babywearing. There are numerous benefits to parents and babies by using a wrap, sling, or carrier. Using this tool parents will be able to easily integrate baby into their life and wearing your baby helps their digestion and can increase sleep!
“I need sleep and a shower!”
Support – I will expertly care for your baby so you can get some rest. I also offers overnight care to help you get as much rest as possible, and I will share her tips and tricks so when I'm not there you can handle it on your own.
“We could use some help with baby laundry, and organization.”
Tidying up – I am happy to help make your life easier by throwing in a load or two of laundry, putting dishes in the dishwasher, tidying up, and I can give you suggestions on how to organize baby clothes, and gear.
“Everything is so different now, when will I feel like being a parent is normal?”
Listening – I have worked with many parents to help them feel more confident and trust their parenting skills. Consider that becoming a parent is like any new job and having a mentor like me makes the transition so much easier.
“I will have to go back to work, or leave my baby with another care provider eventually. How do I pump and bottle feed my baby?”
Bottle Feeding and Pumping Information – I can answer questions about bottles and help you with pumping. I can also teach you some bottle-feeding techniques that mimic breastfeeding so you can optimize your feeding time with baby (whether you are using formula or breastmilk).
What were your top worries when you were a new parent? Share them in the comments so I can address them in a future blog post!
Want more tips from me? Watch this quick video A Simple Strategy to get More Sleep After Baby Arrives.
I'll be heading to Madison, Wisconsin this October 17-18, 2015 to offer a CAPPA Postpartum Doula Training and I am so excited!
If you are interested in becoming a postpartum doula I'd love to help you begin your journey! You can learn more on my Facebook Event Page or Become a Postpartum Doula in Wisconsin Facebook Group. CAPPA offers a lot of member benefits like a free annual conference, a free member profile, and a wonderful community of support.
This 2-day training is the first step towards postpartum doula certification. There are several other requirements that will be discussed in class (you can also go to www.cappa.net for a full list of certification requirements). This unique opportunity will give you the education and skills necessary to support families through the transition to parenthood.
Just some of the things you will learn include:
*Scope of Practice for Postpartum Doula
*Supporting parents in the immediate postpartum period
*Baby care techniques
*Calming and soothing techniques
*Postpartum Mood Disorders
*SIDS/Back to Sleep Campaign
*Listening and communication skills
*Record keeping and contracts
*Creating and marketing your business
Click to REGISTER FOR THIS TRAINING!
If you have questions for me contact me anytime. I LOVE to chat about my work as a postpartum doula and support women who want to make this a career!
Learn more about why I love being a postpartum doula on a guest blog post I wrote for Blooma, Postpartum Doulas Solving a Problem Many New Moms Experience.
I love going to interviews! It's an amazing chance to chat with expecting parents about the work I love as a postpartum doula in Metro Detroit, Michigan.
Just a few days ago I was asked by a dad-to-be, "Why are you a postpartum doula?"
We had talked about my training, my certification, and how I train postpartum doulas all over the Midwest of the United States. We had discussed my own family and my four kids. He wondered why I didn't want to be a stay at home mom? Why help new families?
My answer is simple. I'm a postpartum doula because this work is what I was put on earth to do.
To me there is nothing better than making life easier for parents after their new babies arrive. I love to watch mothers and father gain confidence as they learn new skills and get to know their baby. I love to support their parenting choices!
Why did you decide to do the job you currently work at? I'd love for you to share your story in the comments below.
Read more about my story on a guest blog post I wrote for a business called Blooma in St. Paul, Minnesota. http://bloomablog.com/postpartum-doulas-solving-problem-many-new-moms-experience/
Jill Reiter CPD, Author
A mother, wife and Postpartum Doula's blog.
The After Baby Lady
Shelby Township MIPhone: 586-604-1446