Postpartum Doula Services
Postpartum doulas are trained professionals who have experience in assisting families in the postpartum period, generally the three months after birth (known as the fourth trimester). The goal is to help the family find balance by providing support not only to the person who gave birth but to partners, siblings, and other family members. This period of time can come with many unexpected challenges and having someone around to provide support and guidance can be especially useful.
Services may include:
Emotional support and physical comfort
Informational support, advocacy and referrals
Support mother/partner with infant
Support mother/partner with sibling
Physical and emotional support to the birthing person who may be experiencing medical or psychological issues during pregnancy. Informational, emotional, physical and practical support in situations that may be stressful, confusing and emotionally difficult.
Services may include:
Accompanying you to appointments
Running errands and helping with shopping for baby items
Setting up the nursery
Keeping you company during bed rest
Postpartum Planning Sessions
Most people are familiar with birth plans — a document of your hopes and preferences for delivery. Just like a birth plan, a postpartum plan is an excellent tool to use to explore your expectations and concerns for the days, weeks and months after bringing your baby home and to identify and plan for the support that you will need. These plans may include areas such as building your support team, household management, supporting older children, nutrition and meals for the family, infant feeding preparation, community resources and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Preparing for the postpartum period can make a huge difference in your stress level, mood and relationships. I want to support you to feel better prepared and confident prior to bringing your baby home. The postpartum planning session is a jumping o point for further discussion as to how the family will adjust. I recognize what a vulnerable time this can be, and while you can’t prepare for every situation, you can set yourself up for success by identifying resources before they are needed. These plans are individualized to consider your hopes and desires around how your needs will be met. You can best prepare for the unknown by really exploring what matters to you.
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Counseling Services are open to all parents and caregivers, gestational and non gestational carriers, and adoptive families from pre-pregnancy through early parenthood.
Areas of expertise:
Perinatal Mood And Anxiety Disorders
Processing Birth Experiences
Adjustment and identity transformation related to parenthood
Self-esteem, body image and goal setting related to pregnancy and parenthood.
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