comox valley postpartum doula

The Overnight Postpartum Doula

Sleeping baby copy.jpg

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!

 

Why 'Doula' Is What I Do

web imagine baby1.jpg

I remember the first time I was exposed to the world of “doulas”. It was before any of my babies were born, and I only hoped to be an expectant mother some day. A friend of mine had just given birth, and I was introduced to her “doula” during a visit at the hospital with her new baby in arms. The brief conversation we had about the support she provided left me believing a doula was a labor masseuse! Who wouldn’t love that?! I didn’t realize the extent of what a doula actually did, and why my friend was raving about the incredible help her doula companion was, during what had turned out to be a long and complicated labor.

Fast-forward a few years; my husband and I were preparing to meet our first child, doing what most pregnant couples do – childbirth education classes. The prenatal instructor teaching the class was an informative and passionate doula. She prepared us for birth in a way I don’t imagine all prenatal instructors would. I remembered seeing in her in action during my pre-labor hospital tour, and admiring the job I knew she was there doing. My interest in this profession grew over the years, and I became convinced that this was important work that I was created to do, and needed to do.

Doulas are nothing new to the birth scene; their work is a centuries old practice. They’ve been getting more attention and exposure in recent years, and for good reason. Historically, this type of continuous support through labor was a normal event; it has now become the exception. Parents and health professionals are rediscovering the benefits of doula care both through personal experience and research. The Cochrane Review is one of the largest studies, which uncovers the huge benefits as result of continuous support in childbirth. The outcomes of doula supported birth include reduced rates in length of labor, higher rates of spontaneous vaginal birth, reduced chance of cesarean birth, and a greater satisfaction with the whole birth experience. 

My own passion comes from my experience and understanding of the positive effect a doula can bring to birth. Many women have incredibly supportive family and partners who can and will provide irreplaceable care through the birth process; others do not. My role is to compliment whatever circle of support that exists, share my knowledge about birth, and prove continuous physical and emotional support throughout labor. My role is very different from that of a primary caregiver, whose utmost focus is to ensure a safe birth for both mom and baby. I get to help hold the space in which life is being welcomed, fostering a supportive atmosphere where the mother and her partner are honored in their wishes for this experience, and made to feel safe, capable, and cared for. 

This is the work I love; using the hands and the heart I’ve been given to care for women in the ways they need most, helping them to see they are strong and able as they bring life into this world.