What I did as a Postpartum Doula today 👇 I (Julie) had a 5 hour Postpartum Doula shift today (I love this work so much) and thought I’d share what all I did so you can get an idea of what it may be like to have a Postpartum Doula support you in those early days. Here’s what today looked like (each time is often different): - I was sent a grocery list by my client so started at the grocery store - Got to the home, put on a mask and brought the groceries in - Put all the groceries away as I chatted with the clients and talked about what they needed for support today - Took a roast out of the freezer to cook later - Washed the dishes - Washed and sanitized the bottles - Made a chicken noodle soup and served it up for the parents for lunch - Cleaned the kitchen - Put the pot roast in the instant pot for their dinner - Cut all their veggies for easy access and put away - Roasted potatoes and put away - Cooked taco beef and put away - Pre-made pasta and put away - Washed more dishes - Did 2 loads of laundry - Chatted with the clients about how feeding, newborn care and postpartum care is going. - Helped disassemble and move the bassinet to a different room - Refilled the different diaper stations around the house - And finally baby was awake so I watched her while her parents had some alone/resting time. - I took out the garbage and recycling on the way out and that’s it until I’m back tomorrow. One of the parents has a lot of newborn/postpartum experience as a fellow Doula, so I would say my postpartum doula work with this family is unique in that they don’t need a lot of informational support around newborn care, postpartum care and infant feeding - something most new parents benefit from. Did you have a Postpartum Doula?? Tell us how they supported you in the comments!
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