Many couples find that, while they researched and prepared like mad for the birth, they didn’t think much about what life with the newborn would be like. I encourage all parents-to-be to design a postpartum plan, just as you would a birth plan, to be ready to bring baby home.
Even with all your strategies and support systems in place, having professional postpartum support can make a world of difference in your adjustment to life with your new baby. I offer consistent, non-judgmental support to you and your family. I honor your choices and help you toward your goals.
Here are some things I might do at a postpartum visit, to encourage your smooth transition:
- Provide breast- or bottle-feeding support and strategies
- Prepare snacks or simple meals
- Listen to your feelings, fears, hopes, and memories, and provide encouragement and support
- Discuss your birth experience and support your recovery
- Help you find up-to-date information on newborn equipment, procedures, and needs
- Care for your baby while you get a blessed shower or much-needed nap
- Do light housework so you can focus on feeding and bonding with your baby
- Provide strategies to help older children adjust, and spend time with them while you care for your newborn — OR hold your newborn while your toddler gets some mommy-time
- Demonstrate safe baby-wearing, swaddling, bathing, etc. as requested
- Provide referrals to other trusted professionals, such as lactation consultants, pediatricians, nannies, or postpartum therapists