GET READY FOR EXHAUSTION
Families with a newborn usually find out quickly that the most difficult part of the postpartum period (also called the Fourth Trimester) is the exhaustion. You. Just. Don't. Sleep. Most new parents discover they could not even begin to imagine the level of sleep deprivation they find themselves struggling with soon after bringing home their new little one.
Even experienced parents are sometimes surprised at how hard it is with their second or third child. With the arrival of baby number two, you may think you know what to expect and can handle it like a pro. After all, you've done this before, right? Keep in mind that each new addition to the family changes the established routine and the overall family dynamics. In fact, staying up at night with baby number three might be even harder because you have probably spent the last few years going on less than adequate sleep. And let's be honest. Your newest baby's older siblings are not likely to go easy on you just because you had a tough night with a fussy newborn.
GET SOME BACKUP
Now for the good news! Babymoon Doula is happy to come into your home throughout the Fourth Trimester to help out in the wee hours of the night. Maybe you are planning to pump and store your own breast milk so your partner (or others) can help out with bottle feeding at night. Did you know that your milk changes with the time of day, and it's good practice to give your baby nighttime milk at night? This is because your nighttime breast milk is naturally higher in melatonin, helping your baby relax and fall sleep. Babymoon Doula can help you pump and store your breast milk throughout the night so your support circle can help out with bottle feeding your baby with your own nighttime breast milk while you sleep.
When you choose to let your Babymoon Doula help you out overnight, you decide how you want to be supported. Maybe you know how fast the newborn phase flies by, and you do not want to miss out on any bonding with your baby at night. Well, I am happy to take a back-seat with the baby care and instead nurture and care for you, the mother, while you meet your baby's needs for food and comfort yourself. Bringing you drinks and snacks, offering encouragement, chatting about baby care (or anything else!), running a load of laundry (and folding it!) are all ways I can support you while the rest of the house is asleep. I'll also be there to encourage you in the middle of the night when you are struggling and frustrated. Lastly, mornings are always hectic, so let me handle breakfast for the household and serve you breakfast in bed before I leave!
GET SOME SLEEP
Like a Newborn Care Specialist, Baby Nurse or Night Nanny, Babymoon Doula is happy to take over all the infant care at night, if you wish. Does your baby take a bottle? If so, I can handle all the nighttime feedings, burpings, diaper changes, swaddling, and soothing back to sleep while you get a good night's rest. If your goal is to breastfeed exclusively, I can bring your baby to you for nursing and let you get right back to sleep once she has had her fill. Whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, Babymoon Doula can help you get more sleep at night.