Postnatal support is very flexible and is tailored to the needs of each family. As your doula, my role is to enable you to feel best supported as a new parent. My role could be providing mum and baby with some undisturbed, quiet time to be together, feed and rest. If I get on with some of the jobs that need doing around a house, mum can spend that quality time recovering and resting with her new baby.
“Zoe was kind, courteous and understanding. I felt she genuinely cared about me and my baby’s wellbeing. She allayed my anxieties and provided praise support and encouragement. When you are a hormonal exhausted mess that is a real help! She helped around my home… was incredibly helpful”
Other times it might be holding and looking after a new baby, whilst mum catches up on sleep alone. She might want to have a bath or spend time with older children. The help you need as a family will be different to others, so be honest about what help you’d like. I’ve been known to walk dogs; accompany mum and baby to sling meets; help build nursery furniture; sort out baby clothes; get on top of the days dishes; sort the washing pile… I’ll do (within reason) what is going to enable that particular mum to rest and adapt to life with a new baby.
We can arrange a combination of hours/days to suit you best. I try to be as flexible as I can and so we can work it out as you go if you prefer. I’d love to have a chat with you beforehand about what you are looking for – we can talk on the phone or meet up in person (I do love sharing tea and cake!). If you are currently pregnant and planning ahead for a postnatal doula then there’s no need to wait to contact me, it is particularly lovely to meet up during your pregnancy and get to know each other from there. Its common for mums to look for postnatal support to cover the first 3-6 months but each family is different, and my role is to be there when you need it most and to support you as recover and re-emerge from the birth, to help out as you work out the parent you are going to be, then to step away as you feel more able to manage.