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After all of the pain and the tears, the time has finally come to hold your little baby in your arms. Poring over their little eyes, button nose and tiny lips, nothing compares to this moment in time. But suddenly, it hits you, if this is your first baby, you may be feeling some anxiety or have some worries about what to do. First of all, take a breath. You can do this. There is help out there to help you be the best mom you can be.
It can be overwhelming bringing a baby home for the first (or second, or third!) time. There will be late night feedings, diaper changes constantly, and you may feel like you haven’t slept in weeks. If mom ended up having a c-section, this can make things even more challenging. But first off, do know that it gets better! Secondly, there is help out there! You can get help transitioning into parenthood by hiring a Postpartum Doula.
What Is A Postpartum Doula?
A Postpartum Doula can help you learn the ropes of parenthood. They are specially trained, and can be a wealth of information on topics such as how to feed your baby, breastfeeding techniques, diaper changes, how to soothe your baby and so much more. They are also a pillar of emotional support as well. It has actually been found that having a postpartum Doula help out after giving birth actually can reduce the risk of the mother developing postpartum depression.
A Postpartum Doula’s role is not only to provide support for the mother, but also for the entire family. After all, it’s a family affair! In addition to the services listed above, some Doulas also help out with sibling care, running errands, bathing the newborn, light meal preparation and referrals to medical professionals.
Most Postpartum Doulas will be with you throughout the first couple of weeks after birth. They can work anywhere from 1 to seven days a week, depending on the needs of the individual family. They can also help out throughout the nighttime, to assist the new parents with the challenges of nightly feedings and babies who are a little tougher to get to sleep.
What Is A Newborn Care Specialist?
Primarily, the job of a newborn care specialist is to help the new parents care for their new baby. Although they are sometimes referred to as “baby nurses”, they are non-medical professionals. They are able to help the new parents learn about newborn care, swaddling techniques, soothing a fussy baby, how to eat healthy and properly (for not only the baby but the whole family as well), and also sleep training techniques.
The most important thing to understand is that you don’t have to do this alone. Both, Newborn Care Specialists and Postpartum Doulas are beneficial and many professionals hold certifications in both areas. Their skills and education benefit the family in a variety of ways.
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