Not Your Average Postpartum Support!
Posted on: September 10, 2018 | Birth Work, Famillies, Information, Postpartum Doulas, Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Relationships
As postpartum doulas when explaining the nature of what we do, we often hear:
“Oh, how I could have used you!”
“I thought postpartum meant depression.”
“Wow, I didn’t know that postpartum doulas existed!”
These statements give us, doulas, mixed emotions. On one hand…Yes! There definitely is a need for what we do! And on the other hand…Darn, there is still so much work to do to educate the masses. Postpartum doesn’t mean depression, it means “after birth”, literally. Therefore, postpartum doulas are after-birth support. And while some view the work of a postpartum doula as a glorified babysitter or housekeeper, Doulas know this job to be the best kept secret!
Postpartum doulas aren’t therapists or advocates, they are guides to help guide one through the interesting time that is postpartum period. They are confidants that you can trust and open up to without worry of judgement. They can take the stresses of everyday household worry off the table. Postpartum doulas gain pleasure from watching their clients thrive in their postpartum realities. Your relaxation, your confidence, your look of appreciation, are what we strive for.
You are NOT alone! There IS support. If you feel overwhelmed or not quite yourself, please reach out!
Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) are a real and very serious. PMADs affect 1 in 7 women. Having solid support during your postpartum period (birth to at least year 1) can help keep symptoms and triggers at bay. A postpartum doula is trained to know when help is needed. They are educated to address your fears and concerns. They listen and they understand.
Your pace, your voice, your personalized experience…
There are few times in one’s life when they can feel completely free to come unhinged. Your professionally trained and certified postpartum doula knows the pace of grace. She lifts up your voice, when you feel like you’ve lost yours. Talking through the birthing experience, be it ideal or not so ideal. Listening to the subtext of what is being shared, or not shared. Giving our support the way that you need it most, in that moment. So what does that look like?
Series of genuine conversations flowing naturally
Enjoying a snack, a meal, a cup of tea over a story
It’s sharing laughs and tears in various rooms of the house
It is knowing that you feel safe mentally and emotionally in the space that your doula is holding with you
Going over the manual to that baby contraption that has been sitting in the corner for weeks
There’s no one size fits all with the postpartum period. Your Vegas Family Doulas are yearning to be your person. She’s looking forward to connecting with you, and more excitedly making your postpartum experience amazing! Connect with your doula bestie at Vegas Family Doulas, and like our favorite Friends…we’ll be there for you!