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 or safe co-sleeping
– 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, 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 click HERE to fill in the contact form or click the button below to have a chat about which package is right for you.
The Encouragement Package is designed for Mums who are seeking some gentle support and tailored information in any aspect of parenting their new baby. This package includes a 60 minute in-home consultation, where we will discuss your needs and look for solutions to the issues you’re having.
The Encouragement Package is priced at $70
The Guidance Package is designed for mums who are seeking some emotional and practical support. This package includes six in-home visits, at intervals tailored to your needs during the postpartum period. You will also receive support via phone/email during that time.
Your total investment for the Guidance Package is $800
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 eight in-home visits, at intervals that suit your individual needs. You will also have support via phone/email during that time.
Your total investment for the Nurturing Package is $1000
If you want to find out which package is right for you, click the button below.
Conditions – Travel within one hour of Macksville.
Payment options and plans available upon request.
Custom packages are available – please contact me to discuss your needs and we can design a package to suit.
It’s time to invest in You, Mama.
Let me help you become the mother you were destined to be.
“Having been through a traumatic birth experience with our first daughter, we decided to utilise a Doula for our second birth, we wanted someone who understood what childbirth was like and the support someone requires to get through it, that’s when we found Jess.
It was really important to us that we felt comfortable with our Doula and from our very first meeting with Jess we became friends and knew she would be the strength and support both myself and husband would need in our attempt for a VBAC.
Her support and advice during her prenatal visits was very reassuring, informative and healing, she helped us accept our first birth and it’s outcomes and prepare for the arrival of our second baby with a fresh anticipated excitement and courage.
As the father, Jess put my mind at ease and removed my fear of failure to support Haley, her advice and reassurance gave me a plan and confidence.”
– Haley, Nathan & Quinn
“We feel privileged and so lucky to have had Jess with us during this amazing experience, and sorry we didn’t have her with us during our first birth.
We strongly encourage everyone to consider having a Doula during the birth of their baby and completely endorse Jess for this role, she is a blessing to all those she helps and supports.
Jess remains highly regarded by us and our families for her sincere and caring service and we now fondly say we have made a new friend and we wish her all the best with her future deliveries.”
– Haley, Nathan & Quinn