Are you a new Mum? Or soon to be?
Feeling stressed, or worried about how you’re going to cope once you’ve brought baby home?
You might even just be thinking “How on earth am I going to find time to shower, let alone get the washing or anything else done?!”
As a new mum it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. In hospital you probably had good practical support from the midwives, but now you’re home, reality sets in that you’re kind of on your own, and that can be a scary thought!
You are not alone.
Feeling anxious, nervous, or overwhelmed is all very common!
If you’re a first time mumma it is completely normal to feel nervous about how to care for a new baby.
You may be an experienced mum, who’s just a little bit concerned about how you will cope with the extra addition to the family and the new demands that having another child brings.
The house work is probably starting to pile up around you while you’re busy with the seemingly never ending “feed-settle-feed-settle-repeat” routine, causing you to feel completely overwhelmed.
The good news is, I can help!
The first three months of the postnatal period are sometimes referred to as your fourth trimester, which can often be the most challenging one! This is a very special time for you and your baby; after nine months as one, you are now navigating having become two. This is very exciting, and can also be daunting at times. Add in hormones, emotions, lack of sleep, constant ‘advice’ and both personal and external expectations and being a Mother can be a very overwhelming and even lonely place.
Too often the scenario is that you bring bubby home, friends and family come to coo over the new addition for a while, and then the novelty wears off. People get back to their own lives, and you’re left feeling like you have to be some kind of supermum/stepford wife; keeping an immaculate home, preparing nutritious meals, all the while nurturing your child for the beautiful individual being s/he is.
Isn’t that how it’s supposed to be?
In a word? No!
The pressure placed on mothers today (whether externally or self imposed) is unfair, and is impacting on women’s mental health severely.
Traditionally, the postnatal period is recognised as a time for you to be bonding as a family, with others supporting you through this new experience.
Sadly, implications of a modern society have meant that only a lucky few women have this support network available to them. How many of us have our mothers, aunts, or sisters living closeby, able to drop everything and spend their days with us? Or have friends who are not caught up with their own commitments? In our modern day society that sense of sisterhood and the tribe mentality has been lost so it’s completely normal that you are feeling this way.
This is where a Postnatal Doula can help.
My role as a Postnatal Doula is to nurture you and your baby as you transition into this new family dynamic.
I do this by providing you with practical and emotional support, whilst at the same time empowering YOU with confidence in YOUR own abilities. Or you might feel you need a little guidance in learning how to take care of bub, and I can help you with this. My purpose is to support you right NOW, whilst helping you to build your own tribe for future support.
I can help with the following….
Supporting you in gaining confidence with –
– Knowing when baby is hungry vs tired etc. I can teach you ways to better understand the cues your baby is giving you
– understanding baby’s sleep needs, and Demonstrating how to settle baby for sleep
– bathing baby for relaxation
– making baby comfortable for ease of sleep with wrapping or swaddling
– basic infant massage – to help you bond with baby, and to help baby relax
– breastfeeding, bottle feeding, or both!
– techniques to create a solid, warm bond with your baby
– helping older siblings adjust
– maintaining a healthy relationship with your partner as you transition into parenthood
Light housework duties (such as doing a load of washing, doing the dishes, vacuuming, picking up groceries, dusting, etc). Kind of like your own modern day Mary Poppins! (Minus the carpet bag!)
I can help you get the evening meal ready for the family, so everyone is still well fed or I can help you prepare ahead for your own lunches and snacks, to ensure you are staying well nourished. We can work on a meal plan for your network of family and friends too – to avoid 18 lasagnes ending up in your freezer!
Entertaining older children while you rest/bond with baby.
Minding baby while you shower or rest, or simply enjoy a cuppa while it’s hot!
Simple relaxation techniques & coping skills to help you stay relaxed and in control when things are tough.
Access to further resources as required (lactation consultant, baby massage therapist, naturopath, chiropractic, etc).
Ok, sounds great! How do I book?
Simply select your chosen package, and contact me. I’ll email you through payment details and contact you to arrange a schedule.
The Encouragement Package is perfect for the Mum who is seeking some gentle support and tailored information in parenting their new baby. This package provides you with twelve hours of support over two weeks during the postpartum period. Your total investment for the Encouragement Package is $700
The Guidance Package is designed for mums who are seeking a little more emotional support. This package includes eighteen hours of support over three weeks during the postpartum period. Perfect for those mummas lacking the support they require from friends or family. Your total investment for the Guidance Package is $900
The Nurturing Package is perfect for the mum who feels she needs extensive support. Popular for C-section mums or mums who has experienced a traumatic birth that need help recovering either physically or mentally and are after more practical support. The Nurturing package provides you with twenty four hours of support over four weeks during postpartum. Your total investment for the Guidance Package is $1100
Travel within one hour of Macksville
Support sessions are three hours in duration, twice a week
Payment options available upon request
Custom packages are available – please contact me to discuss your needs.
It’s time to invest in You, Mama.
Let me help you become the mother you were destined to be.