The Postpartum Period The Most Wonderful, Scary, Vulnerable, Lovely Time A Post Laboring Mother Will Ever Have.
That is the phrase I always tell my new moms whenever I am hired. A postpartum period or postnatal period begins immediately after the birth of a child and usually extends for about six weeks. The World Health Organization (WHO) describes the postnatal period as the most critical and yet the most neglected phase in the lives of mothers and babies; most deaths occur during the postnatal period. It is the time after birth, a time in which the mother’s body, including her hormone levels and uterus size, returns to a non-pregnant state. It is important that you find someone to help take care of you while you take care of your baby. Many women try to do it all after they have their babies. This period is so neglected by the women in this society. By studying other countries postpartum practices, it is no wonder the depression rate among American moms is high. Many cultures insist that mothers rest for 40 days or more. This gives the mom time to heal and have extended family members take care of her while she takes care and feeds her baby. She is treated like a queen. In our country mothers are expected and not often to perform daily tasks soon after labor and be at work 6 weeks after the birth. Hey moms, don’t you know that you have an open sore about the size of a plate that is trying to heal; in addition lochia is being discharged from the vagina. Why don’t women in the US slow down? Many people don’t they know that there are individuals out there that are trained to help such as Postpartum Doulas? Lets take a look at what they do to see how they can help. A postpartum doula is there to provide evidenced based information and physical recovery from birth. They also can do the following:
Services may include but are not limited to the following:
1. Delivering business correspondence
2. Dry cleaning (pick up and drop off as well as manage items)
3. Grocery shopping (keep inventory of items and make list each week)
4. Mail and ship items
5. Educate Family Members
6. Return items to various stores
7. Drop off and pick up items at various repair shops
8. Light Housekeeping:
9. Clean and organize food/produce purchased
10. Weekly laundry (kitchen towels, rags, dog bed)
11. Fold clothes as requested
12. Steam/Iron clothes if requested
13. Hand wash dishes, run dishwasher
14. Maintain clean kitchen area (stove, sink, microwave, refrigerator)
15. Prep food for cooking and/or cook/bake a few items weekly as directed
16. Assist in meal planning for child and/or family
17. Feeding the baby/babies
18. Bathing baby/babies
19. Sterilizing, cleaning and preparing bottles
20. Initiating a schedule for sleeping, meals, nap and play-time
21. Laundering baby/babies clothing and linens
22. Night time help
23. Keeping the nursery tidy
24. Changing linens
25. Maintaining all supplies
26. Restocking baby/babies care items
27. Lactation Help
28. Emptying diaper containers
29. Keeping the baby/babies playrooms and bathroom tidy
30. Keeping age appropriate toys safe and in good working order
31. Keeping a daily journal of baby/babies schedules and moods
32. Running baby/babies related errands as directed
33. Help with Transporting baby/babies to activities and appointments
I speak to so many moms who tell me if only I had known about a postpartum doula and what they do, I would have hired one immediately. Some moms have said my Doctor never told me, my Midwife never suggested one, my Pediatrician never told me. It goes on and on. How do we get the message out that there is village of trained professional postpartum doulas ready to serve. If you would like more information about this subject contact us at: We Baby Momma
This blog was written by Cheryl Abrams
Cheryl Abrams is a compassionate certified postpartum doula, birth doula and newborn care specialist, AKA (Night Nanny, Baby Nurse), offering 24-hour care, VBAC and labor support for expecting parents between Philadelphia PA and the Dallas Fort Worth areas. She is available to travel and keeps an up to date passport for the family who is looking for a travel nanny.
In addition she is a licensed cosmetologist and a gourmet cook.
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In 1991 she took a break from childcare to pursue her cosmetology license. She worked in a salon for over 20 years and retired in 2011. Three years prior to retiring she went back to the childcare industry working as a Night Nanny/Baby Nurse.
Working as a baby nurse with new moms and their babies concerned her very much. Some of the moms in her opinion, the behavior was off and she thought it was due to postpartum depression. With this concern to help new moms to be confident after giving birth, she sought out information to become a certified postpartum doula and also took newborn care training.
Her concern is to help you and your family transition and to help educate the importance of being a mother before and after giving birth. She wants to help around the home while she takes care of your husband and little ones
Cheryl Lives in Ft. Worth Texas with her husband and is willing to travel anywhere in the US or aboard to help. She is mother of two adult sons and has three granddaughters.