Coming home from the hospital sounds glorious after having your Squish & being stuck in the hospital. It can be amazing, intimidating & terrifying! The first night can be pretty good. It's the second day home from the hospital that can be extreme; especially if you have visitors all day to pass the Squish around. That passing around can keep them occupied and calm; so they are usually sleeping. All that extra sleeping makes for a rough night. Even if they aren't visiting & being cuddled all day the second night can make you feeling like you are so unprepared. You may think baby was sneaking a "5 Hour Energy Drink".
When your home with your new bundle of Joy your focus should be on establishing breastfeeding, getting to know baby & having baby get to know you. You also my have to ease your older children into their new role as an older sibling while also letting them know that you still love them the same as before. These are among the important things & you may have more as each life is unique.
You really don't want to be concerned with dishes, floors, laundry, cooking, shopping for groceries, cleaning dog poop in the yard, dusting, cleaning toilets, UGH, the list goes on forever! Forget about all that!!!
This is your time & you won't be able to get this time back. It's also not necessary to break your back keeping up the house. That's where the postpartum doula comes in. We can be like a big sis, aunt, mom, best friend, maid, lactation consultant and nurse all in one. We can take on all of the day-to-day tasks to keep the household running. You can get some extra rest while a CPD (Certified Postpartum Doula) rocks baby. You may need a friendly face to tell you daily that you are doing a great job or how to best get a gassy baby to burb and relieve baby's tummy pressure. We are not just a friendly face though, we are trained for these skills.
Here's a quick rundown on what a day with a CPD: Text me with your grocery list, I will get the items & bring them to you. When I get there I will put away the things, then check on you and baby to see how breastfeeding is going. Things are going well so while I get busy washing clothes and cleaning dinner dishes (from last night), we can chat about any questions or concerns you have. While you are napping or showering I can start dinner and fold clothes. I will bring baby to you when he shows signs of hunger, make sure that latch is good, baby is getting properly fed. At that point our day might be over. It ALL depends on your needs.
There are several situations for a CPD to fit in with your lifestyle. The only way you'l lknow how you can benefit from this service is the call & ask. You buy a block of hours (there's a minimum so you can actually get enough of the benefits, too little hours may not be beneficial enough). You will schedule the times that you will need help with some notice (usually 24 hours). If you run into trouble and need help right away CALL & check availability. In the Rockford & surrounding area call 815-988-4292.