Postpartum planning; what is it, and why you should be doing it.

First let's cover language: many people hear the word Postpartum and think of postpartum depression. That is not what we are talking about here. We are talking about the period of time following having a new baby, whether thats your first, fourth, doesn't matter. It is all postpartum to us.

How long does this period last? Well, that is a great question. Really in our opinion its your whole life. But for this purpose let's say its a 12-18 months post birth with the most imperative time being the first 4 months.

So what do you mean plan for postpartum? We mean exactly that. Before your baby is on the outside, you're going to want to sit down and come up with a plan for how this time period is going to look and feel for you and your family.

For example; first baby can rock your world. Your time just vanishes, you feel every minute go by, and you feel like nothing can get done. You are in the holds of your baby's needs; feeding them, holding them, learning about them, changing them, and bonding. It is a heavy, beautiful, consuming time. Once you are in it, it's hard to even come up for air to see where and when help may be necessary.

Subsequent babies are added to a family with a routine already established. This may make getting out the door in the morning, napping during the day, or bedtime seem impossible. Magnified if you have a partner who works odd hours.

Don't muscle through it. If you identify where your help needs will be the highest, we have the help for you!

Worried about not getting enough sleep? There is a doula for that (daytime OR nighttime)

Worried about getting breastfeeding solidified? There is a doula for that!

Worried about routines and structure? We've got a doula for that, an extra set of hands can make all the difference!

Worried about learning all the new parenthood things on your own? Try hiring a postpartum doula.

The benefits are endless. We can get you more rest, sleep, confidence, support, food, and care. Having an experience set of unbiased hands in the first weeks of parenting can really get you off on the right foot. It may seem indulgent to some, but it is not. In the past people would have had neighbours helping with food, family around to help with naps, trusted elders with advice, but all of that can be so hard to come by these days.

All of those questions you have in the early days can be answered by a trusted professional. All while they can care for you and your baby, and help you get rest, nourishment, and fill your own cup.