Veronica’s note: To help parents understand why the new class that Margaret and Leann are offering at our space is so important, I asked Leann to write a post about the importance of planning for the postpartum period. It’s great food for thought. Enjoy!
I clearly recall the day my husband and I brought home our first son, Nathan, from the hospital. We walked through the door, set his car seat down in the kitchen, looked at each other and said, “Now what do we do with him?” It was such an eye-opening moment for us. I had read at least 10 baby and breastfeeding books, had the nursery ready, and all of the shower gifts organized and put in their place. I completely thought I was prepared for this little guy to join our family.
Low and behold two weeks later I’m exhausted from lack of sleep, my husband was returning to work and leaving on a three-day business trip, and my mother was ready and waiting to come “help me” with the baby.
I was a mess! Full of panic, questions, and uncertainty.
Either I ignored all of the warnings from my friends or no one ever told me how hard these first weeks with a baby would be. No one warned me that I wouldn’t be able to set my own schedule with my baby. No one warned me that I would not be able to anticipate the next time I would get a good chunk of sleep. And no one warned me how much worry comes with being a new parent.
This is why I am so passionate about my profession as a postpartum doula. I love babies (who doesn’t?), but what I love even more is being at the side of a new mom and her partner as they navigate their way into parenthood. I live for the moments when I help a new mom through a challenging breastfeeding moment, or answer her list of 20 questions about what is going on with her baby. This transitional period from competent adult to competent parent is so important and so often overlooked. Hence the creation of my business, Tender Transitions.
So, how can you better prepare yourself for when your baby arrives? Join us at BabyLove for a new class called, Beyond Birth: The New Normal where you will learn the truly important information needed for those first weeks at home with your baby. Taught by me and another incredible postpartum doula, Margaret McKinley Owens of Mothering By Mom, you’ll learn all about what to expect in the postpartum period otherwise known as the Fourth Trimester. Wondering how to ensure successful breastfeeding? Or how about how to make a good swaddle for your baby? And even how to soothe a fussy baby? Yep, it’s all included in this class. Don’t hesitate – sign up now!
In Tender Care,
CLC, PCD(DONA), Sleep Consultant