Why I became a Postpartum Doula

Updated: Dec 3, 2019

You may have read about my personal experience with my first pregnancy and the birth of my son, Jasper. Honestly, when I talk about this experience it just leaves me asking so many questions and there are so many things I wish I had done differently. I won’t go into huge details about my journey into Motherhood, but what I will say is it certainly caught me by surprise. I had not prepared for a premature baby. I didn’t expect to have a baby with medical complications. I didn’t ever consider I would leave the hospital without my baby in my arms. I didn’t plan on having so many feeding difficulties. One of the most important things I wish I had done was planning around my own needs and getting some greater support in what was a really difficult time for me. The experience that I had imagined after birth was far from my reality and I really went into survival mode and put my own recovery and needs to the side.

Through my own experience I realised just how overwhelming, stressful, and isolated motherhood can feel. Don’t get me wrong my husband and my family were amazing but given the circumstances I wish that I had reached out for additional postpartum support.

Fast forward a few years, I had another baby and I became a certified Infant & Child Sleep Consultant, you can read more about this on my “About Me” page. While embarking on this new found love of supporting families in restoring sleep, I realised just how much I was supporting Mums. It was just a natural flair, a calling you could say and something that I absolutely love. Many of my testimonials speak to my supportive nature. So there it was I trained to become a Postpartum Doula so that I could offer this beautiful support as a separate service. A support service focusing on the postpartum and early motherhood needs of a Mum.

Through my work with the many families and children that I have supported, I have a strong desire to help Mum’s feel cared for, healthier, happier and more confident during their postpartum and early motherhood journey. In my opinion the postpartum period is often more challenging than the pregnancy or birth and it is common to go into this phase unprepared. Like me, sometimes things happen that are completely out of your control and you need the right support to get through this.

I help Mum’s transition into Motherhood and navigate through what can be a really challenging time. As you know I have a special interest in sleep, sleep is essential for our overall well-being. While supporting Mum’s in postpartum care, I also have the ability to provide them with information that can have their little one settled and sleeping, something that is absolutely important after having a baby. Without adequate sleep the postpartum period is so much more difficult. I see so many Mum’s struggling and they are completely sleep deprived. Having your baby sleep doesn’t mean you need to implement harsh sleep training methods. Babies can sleep well when the foundations to sleep are in place, even the smallest changes at home can make a world of difference to how settled a baby is. We don't need to go through postpartum in survival mode, with little support and no sleep. How much better would it feel to have someone guide you through the transition into Motherhood and help get you back to sleeping well again.

If you want to know more about me or how I can support you, send me a message and I’ll arrange a time to chat.

Katie xx

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