Ah, sleep. The precious hours between about 10-7 that you never quite appreciated until you had a newborn. Now you’ve become all-too familiar with the middle of the night, and the loopy and exhausted feeling that comes with being woken up at all hours while you feed, burp, change, and bounce a baby back to sleep at the most unruly timing. While many are familiar with what a postpartum doula does during the day, parents are discovering the magical bliss of a night-time doula, as a gift to help them regain some sanity and semblance of themselves when they wake up for the day. Here are a few things you need to know about overnight postpartum care:
An overnight doula is a huge help, even if you’re breastfeeding.
You don’t have to leave the comfort of your bed in the middle of the night; we will bring baby to you to nurse and take care of all the burping, changing, swaddling and tucking your baby back to bed while you drift back to sleep. If you are pumping or formula feeding, or choose to introduce bottles at any point, we can take over night-time feeds all together while you get consolidated rest.
You can benefit from any amount of overnight support.
Being able to look forward to even a night or two a week of overnight support can help you make it through the rest of the sleepless nights with your baby. Every additional night of sleep is added bliss - it’s totally up to you! Did you come down with a cold and you’re not sure how you’re going to make it through on your own? Give us a shout and we will do our best to match you with an available doula for your last-minute needs.
Overnight support doesn’t interfere with bonding.
Friends and family might be telling you to saver those middle of the night, magical moments, and you might be thinking they’re crazy. The fact of the matter is, the daytime is when you want to be awake, alert, and offering your baby and perhaps your other children, the best version of yourself. We can help you wake up feeling ready to take on the day (you can even take start it out by taking the longest, most luxurious shower imaginable), and enjoy the awake hours of the day so much more.
It’s never too late for an overnight doula.
Postpartum support is typically sought out in the first weeks up to around 3 months, but we support families at any point in the first year. Let’s be honest - baby’s aren't always quick to jump on the sleeping-through-the-night wagon, and we can help you at any stage you’re in.
Read up on our Postpartum Support Packages Here, and follow it up with a free consult!