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?
How does Marabou support women?
We live in culture where “bouncing back” is more valued than proper rest. As admirable as it may be for a sports star to get back on the field, the same rules don’t apply to postpartum recovery. The traditional resting period has been stolen from women through pressure to get back to their job or simply through lack of presence.
Grandmas, sisters and best friends who otherwise would have been there to help a woman transition into motherhood often live too far away to be of any help. Household chores and caring for older children inevitably fall on the mom. But she just delivered a new life! She needs rest.
Marabou Services is a unique gift registry which provides services instead of stuff. Most mom’s get too many onesies, too many baby blankets and not enough helping hands. Break out of a destructive cultural norm and start a Marabou registry today.
With a Marabou registry you can sing up for any service which will benefit you or someone you know during the postpartum recovery period.
Postpartum doulas for a first time mom
House cleanings for moms of multiples
Childcare for moms with older children!
Once your registry is created, add it to any other registry or post it to your Facebook and ask friends and family contribute to your postpartum service, rather than buying you more stuff.