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The Overnight Postpartum Doula

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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!

 

A Day in the Life of a Postpartum Doula

You’ve done it; you’ve brought your baby into this big wide world. After 9 months of waiting, wondering, planning, and preparing, now begins the next chapter. You’re home with baby: knee deep in diapers, spit-up, and burp pads, with laundry piling on the bed and dishes overflowing in the sink.

Meet the Postpartum Doula. 

The postpartum doula is much like the birth doula; she is a calm, reassuring presence, a physical support, a wealth of information, and an ear to listen and understand. She’s like Mary Poppins for the whole family, with a suitcase spilling over with everything your family needs to feel supported through this adjustment with baby.

The day might start with a knock at the door that lets you know she’s here. You don’t need to get up, she’ll let herself in. If you’ve left her a list of to do’s, she’ll get started, but not before checking in with you to be sure you are fed, comfortable, and content. 

If you’re sleeping…


…She’ll wisk around quietly, doing the things that won’t disturb your precious moments of rest. She might be carrying in the groceries you asked her to pick up on the way, like the emergency pack of diapers you desperately realized you needed after you used up your last one last night. She’ll fold the laundry, sweep the floors, wipe the counters. She’ll tidy your toddlers toys left out from the day before and hang the jackets in the closet. If it’s morning, she’ll turn on the coffee (or tea), and prepare a nourishing breakfast. She might switch on the oven and do some baking or prepare a snack or meal for later when she’s gone. 

And then the baby wakes…

…She’ll bring you baby and help you get set up and comfortable for a feeding. If a bottle needs preparing, she’ll deliver it, warmed. If breastfeeding is still underway, she’ll help and support you as you latch your baby to nurse. 

But the exhaustion from a long night hasn’t worn off…

…She’ll bring you a sip of something warm and a bite to eat; you’re tired, but she reminds you that you need to stay hydrated and nourished. She’ll make sure you’re comfortable, and she’ll offer to take your now wide-awake babe to hold, allowing you to sleep a while longer or take a long shower to start your morning off right. 

You’re up for the day now…

…And she might make a bit more noise; she’ll start the laundry or run the dishwasher. She’ll pull out pots and pans for dinner preparations, and slip into your room while she can to fill up your water, make your bed, and tidy the clothes off your floor. 

She sits at the table folding dish towels,  joining you over your second cup of tea. She listens as you tell your birth story again; it seems like a distant memory as you’ve been taken up by the throws of this life-changing parenthood gig, but you still can’t believe all that transpired just before all of this happened. She laughs with you while you re-live the latest public poop explosion, and holds your hand through the ups and downs of your hormone rollercoaster as you question your sanity and wonder if you’ll ever feel 'normal', again. She understand you,  she sees you, she hears you. She knows that your journey is unique, and she helps you find the confidence to do this thing your way; the only way it should be done. 

At In Bloom Births, it is an honour to be welcomed into your into your home, into your life, into your day. It is our greatest goal to provide the compassionate, attentive, and expert support that you long for in these intense, early weeks or months. We lighten the load and offer you the space to focus on what you need most: giving your undivided attention to you and baby, as you rest, recover, and adjust to life with the smallest of humans.

Every family is unique in the support they will benefit from most. We'd love to sit down with you and create a plan that meets your unique needs. You can learn more about the details of our Postpartum Services here; we look forward to meeting you!