I spend a lot of time speaking with clients about how to prepare for life after the baby arrives besides just the placenta encapsulation. Mostly we discuss sleeping arrangements and nursing bras, but I always like to try to turn the conversation to postpartum support. After my children arrived into this world I found myself to be alone most of the time. My husband worked in DC, and was gone long hours, my family still lived in New York and I had not yet made the good friends I'm blessed to have now. Motherhood can be isolating and overwhelming and in hops of sparing my clients those cold feelings I offer the solution of a postpartum doula service!
Have you never heard of a postpartum doula? That's okay, usually people hear the word doula and have an image of the delivery room or a motherly figure wiping sweat from the brow of a laboring mama. Postpartum doulas have so much to offer new families. They come to you in your home, assess your needs and help you as you are. This may take the form of folding laundry, cooking a meal, tending to your newborn while you shower or helping you adjust to motherhood in those tender first days of having that new baby home with you.
I work closely with many area postpartum doulas, and it is important for each of my clients to interview a few options to find the right fit for them, after all, this person is going to be in your home and you want to be sure your energy fits with theirs.Frederick Moms and Doulas, based out of Urbana, Maryland, offers many services, one of which is amazing postpartum doula support. In their Blog "What's The Job of a Postpartum Doula" they write about the how their services can help a mom ease into motherhood.
If I could give a new mother one piece of advice it would be to invest in their postpartum recovery. Get your concierge placenta encapsulation services booked, hire the postpartum doula, book the house keeper, prep the postpartum meals ahead of time. Do all the the things you can to ensure you have the time and energy to take care of yourself and your little one.