One thing was clear from the very beginning of our business: every mom is different. Each mother wants different things and has different needs. And it starts to get interesting when you pair new moms with doulas. I didn’t realize this right away, but doulas have varying approaches. Some doulas are more educational. They’re there to help mom learn in the beginning of motherhood and to transition with grace. Others are more practical. They get down to business in the household: dishes, laundry, meal prep. Most doulas are just – simply – there for mom and whatever her needs are that day. Doulas are jugglers! They roll with the punches and do their best to use their skills to bless a new family.
Of course, there are certain postpartum no-brainers. Mothers need rest, time to heal, and moral support after childbirth. But beyond those things, things might be different every time. First time mothers need more of the educational side, things like tips on newborn care and lactation consulting. Mothers that have other children just want a clean house and to know their older kids are okay! The needs of mothers are widespread and as various as the mothers themselves. Surely it teaches us that one-size-fits-all doesn’t apply to the postpartum world. Did your needs change from baby to baby?