I was reminded again yesterday how prevalent the stigma still is around the struggle after a baby is born: baby blues, postpartum depression, onset of anxiety in the postpartum period...
The transition into motherhood is hard. The first child is pretty shocking, even if you have a good support system. Nothing can prepare you for the overwhelming emotion and experience of holding a helpless newborn, the blood that is dripping out of you for the next few weeks, and then learning to breastfeed on top of all that.
Welcome to this month's installment of "Meet the Doula". This month I have the pleasure of introducing you to one of the Valley's postpartum doulas, Ashley Anders. I had the pleasure of meeting Ashley at an ICAN meeting last year, and I am happy to say we have kept in touch. She is honored to serve her families, and as such, Ashley is dedicated to furthering her own education so that she can better serve her clients. I hope you enjoy our feature with our October 2016 doula: Ashley!
Please join us to celebrate the
Willow Midwife Center for Birth+Wellness
Saturday, September 17, 2016
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
2045 S. Vineyard
Mesa, AZ 85210
Here is a preview of the silent auction:
Little Boy Blue Basket: $300
Starting Bid: $50
- $200 voucher from Julie Papia (A Graceful Beginning) for birth or postpartum doula services
- Placenta Encapsulation
from Michelle Ludwig (The Modern Mama Doula Services)
- Nursing Necklace from
Denise Franklin (Denise Doula)
- Hat+Sock Set
- Bandana Bib
Breastfeeding is biologically designed to keep us wired to our newborns so that they stay warm, safe, and alive.
All those glossy, shiny pictures that show ethereal mothers and sleeping babies - they are nice. Realistic? Not so much.
The immediate postpartum period is hazy. We are coming out of the birth journey through labor land, our hormones are adjusting to being not pregnant, we are minus the placenta that has been a hormone factory since it formed in utero to support the pregnancy; oh, and we have a tiny little human to look at in wonder and keep alive every day.
So you are finally holding your baby and the outside...you are so tired - more than you ever could have imagined when you were sleepless in pregnancy...and nothing is back to normal yet. Welcome to motherhood!!
I encourage you to embrace the idea that you, your baby and your partner are on your way to finding a "new normal". This TOP 10list is shared with the hope that it will help you make some sense out of the swirling chaos, and help you start feeling more "you" and less "mombie".
Sue Marquis, PCD(DONA) is new to the area, having just moved from Michigan to Arizona
in the last month. Welcome to the heat, Sue!! Thank you to our
friends atModern Mommy
for helping us make the connection!When was
the first time you heard the word, “doula”?
had probably heard the word previously but did not know what it was until my
son told me that my first grandchild would be delivered at a birthing
center with the assistance of a doula.How
did you decide that becoming a postpartum doula was part of your journey?
Welcome to today's guest blogger, Koren Michelle. She is the founder of Total Momma + Family Care, providing postpartum care, family fitness and nutrition classes, and support for mamas at all stages of their parenting journey.
I had my son in 2010, I didn’t know anyone with kids. All of our family is back in Ohio. I was on my own. However, I knew I wanted a homebirth. I was determined to succeed with
breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and babywearing.
While I did succeed with all of these things, that first year was TOUGH.
On Tuesday I shared the things we have in our “Postpartum Kit
”. Last night’s birth circle topic was about the postpartum period…specifically the six weeks after baby was born. Here are some gems from last night to share with you:
Breastfeeding: Some moms set up a “nursing station” in the nursery. They stock it with water, snacks, books or magazines to read while nursing, nursing pads and nipple cream. One of the mom/Bradley™ teacher/doula suggested to set up more than one station because in her experience mom’s get tired of nursing in the same spot.
It breaks my heart to hear desperation in a new mama’s
voice, or to read that they are struggling with breastfeeding, or to know that
they are not getting enough sleep. It’s
a harsh reality check after the first few hours of euphoria after the baby is
After a baby is born and the female body is flooded with
endorphins, a mama who has had minimal interference with the natural process
will be completely alert, awake and responsive to the needs of her newborn
child. Hopefully she gets some sleep
after the endorphins wear off.
I posted some ideas to avoid birth trauma, mental
anguish and physical distress during pregnancy, childbirth and
breastfeeding. It is by no means a
complete list, however it’s a good starting point for thought and action.
As a general rule, the fewer interventions you have during
your birth, the easier your breastfeeding relationship will be to
establish. This leads to a mom who
recovers from her birth experience feeling competent in her abilities to
nourish her child.