Why a Postpartum Doula
The FORTH trimester as we call it as Postpartum Doulas is the first 6 weeks after birth. Its usually not included in the planning, and mostly not planned for but planning for it is not only vital, it can help reduce the anxiety and stress levels significantly during those 6 weeks and wave for a much calmer beginning for both mother, child and family as a whole. In this period, the mother is normally overwhelmed. It can be a positive overwhelming of 'oh my goodness, did i just birth that baby? to feeling lost and full of anxiety. Hormones are still very much on the high and the right support beside you, can help you adjust in a much more gentle and calm
Ofcourse the process of recovering from pregnancy and birth varies with each woman and the events that occured during her birth. Feeling 'recovered' after six weeks is more likely to happen when you prioritize your rest, nutrition and needs. Your recovery may require you to make your own needs a priority by asking for extra support or setting boundaries.
There are some common physical discomforts in the first days and weeks after birth. Continued exhaustion is the primary complaint. Gas, bloating, Perineum pains, Hemorrhoids, Lochia, leaking boobs and the list is endless. During recovery it is important to help your body heal by drinking loads of fluids and eating a well balanced meal frequently and at regular intervals.
A Postpartum Doula could help you transition calmly as a family. Postpartum Doulas are trained professionals whose roles are to help faccilitate a smooth transition to life with a new baby and an easier recovery for the mother.
The benefits of Postpartum Support include;
- Women have lower rates of Postpartum Depression
- Mothers are more succefful with Breastfeeding
- Mothers are more confident with parenting
- Fathers feel more confident and involved too
- Parents who receive social and practical support have an easier time coping with the transition to parenthood
What you could organise yourself to help you lower your stress levels after birth include;
- Asking family members who are near to help out physically or with cooked meals ready specially for mama to nourish
- Arranging extra childcare for older children
- Setting boundaries on what is feassible and what isn't - realistically
- Prioritizing the chores around the house
Fri, 22 September