As your postnatal doula I would help you have the time, energy and confidence to be able to enjoy and bond with your new baby with as little stress and as few concerns as possible and no judgement or criticisms. It is important that you are able to regain your strength and energy (this also applies to your partner) so as to be able to look after yourself and your baby. I will encourage, support, nurture and help increase your confidence in how to care for your new baby. Every baby (as well as every family) is unique and I want to help you have the opportunity to learn to trust your instincts and know your baby. I want to help you be the parent you want to be and look after your baby the way you see fit and best.
I can look after your baby while you have some much needed sleep or a long, relaxing, peaceful soak in the bath, go for a haircut or perhaps help you with older siblings, walking the dog(s) or help do some light housework and cooking etc, giving you the time to focus on yourself or your baby without worrying about other things. If you would simply prefer a chat (perhaps while I paint your nails) and to show off your wonderful new baby I am more than happy to oblige! I will support you with breast or bottle feeding. Whatever helps you and your family. My aim would not be for you to ‘just cope’ with your new baby or ‘just get through each day’ but actually enjoy and treasure those first few precious days and months of your baby’s life, confident, at ease and rested.
If you feel you need support at night or you want to have a full night of undisturbed sleep, safe and confident in the knowledge that your baby is being looked after lovingly and safely then I am also available as a postnatal night-time doula.
I have assisted parents with breastfeeding, bottle-feeding and finger-tube-feeding.