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April 22, 2022
I know… I’d never even heard of doulas when I was pregnant! But you don’t know what you don’t know, right?!
So what is a post-natal doula?
Doulas provide support – practical, emotional and informational – to the whole family. One of the big benefits is continuity of care. You see the same person consistently so that you can build up a rapport and a relationship. They know what’s important to you, they know your family set-up, they know what you’re worried about and therefore they can provide exactly what you need. And you feel like you have somebody who you trust to reach out to for judgement-free support.
The type of support might include any or all of the following:
Doulas come in different shapes and sizes and its really important to find the right doula for you, who can support you in the way that you want.
My emphasis is on making sure that you are finding your feet with what works for you. New parents are on the receiving end of so much advice! Sometimes that advice is uninvited, sometimes it comes with out-dated ideas (anyone else’s gran park her baby’s pram at the bottom of the garden for an afternoon so the baby didn’t get too “clingy”?!) And sometimes it will be loaded with the experiences of the person giving that advice… we’ve all heard a story about how difficult breastfeeding can be, but that often won’t be helpful for you when you just need some support finding your own way.
I’m on a one-woman mission to dismantle the phrase “bounce-back” which is not only harmful but unrealistic. However your birth unfolds, go gently in those early weeks. You’ve just performed the biggest miracle possible and you’re recovering from that, whilst keeping another tiny person alive!
If you’d like my support in the weeks after you have your baby, I offer post-natal doula support both online and in-person. If you live within a 30 minute drive of Tonbridge, I come to you at home and help you to feel more supported and nurtured as you find your feet as a new family. Get in touch to chat about whether I might be a good fit for you.
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