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What Does a Postpartum Doula Do?

When I tell people that our business contracts with postpartum doulas, the majority of questions are renditions of: What on earth is a daloola? LoL. Doulas are a somewhat infant term in our modern world. I think doulas have always existed, but they haven’t had a name. Doulas were simply mothers, aunties, sisters, friends. Women who would support you through childbirth and postpartum. People to pick up your pieces. Friends to be there for you so you could be there for baby.

The support that postpartum doulas provide can be summed up in three categories: physical, emotional, and informational. These important needs of a new mother are hashed out below. Without a doula or incredible familial support, these wickets often get neglected and a mom has to forge ahead despite these unmet needs. Doulas today are a luxury, but hopefully as we understand their purpose, we can make them more of a given for new moms!

What does a Postpartum Doula Do? Infographic. They provide physical, emotional, and informational support to mothers after childbirth.

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Cheer Here #5: Time to Stop.

Cheer Here #5: Time to Stop.

I recently had my kids to myself for two weeks. My husband is in the Navy Reserves and took his annual 2-week obligation in Yokosuka, Japan. As the wife of a former active duty sailor, I’ve done this before, and I know how to set reasonable goals, how to capitalize and make the best of our time without dad, and – most of all – how to survive with grace!
But, I’m an ambitious mom. “Ambitious” is the euphemism I use for flighty, frantic, fast-moving, overly-focused, and (often) motivated for no good reason. I just try to get a lot done. Laundry and a trip to the library and dinner and Oh, maybe I’ll make bread for us today. (Spoiler alert: the bread did not get made.)

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Skip the Baby Shower and Throw Her a Nesting Party!

Skip the Baby Shower and Throw Her a Nesting Party!

Whether we have the closeness we need for postpartum support or not, we need intention. Things don’t happen magically. But one way to at least get acquainted with a new mother’s home is to throw her a prenatal nesting party!

Now, does it really make sense to throw another baby shower for a mom going on her third, fourth or fifth child? This isn’t exactly her first rodeo. But don’t we still itch to celebrate her? She’s having a baby! Her family is about to change and grow and that deserves recognition. What is more, the larger the family, the larger the need. She’ll need friends who know their way around and are comfortable in her home. So, when your friend is pregnant, ditch the baby shower idea and instead throw her a nesting party.

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Mason Jar Snacks

Mom Tip: Mason Jar Snacks!

Mason jars have become the center of our universe, and I love their practical uses. When I saw mason jar snack ideas on Facebook, I knew I had to try it! I’ve found that these are great in conjunction with my snack packs. They serve a different purpose (yogurt and granola don’t go so well in a Tupperware container!) and I usually pack 1 or 2 snack packs for the kids and a mason jar for myself. Mama’s gotta eat, too! Never mind that my snacking often happens quickly in the car.

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