I'm writing this blog from a beautiful little nursery in Kansas City. I have a little time to spare between the next feeding and a nap I plan to take to get me through the night.
I'm at an overnight shift.
Did you know that Postpartum Doulas are specially trained in overnight care? Have you ever wondered what that even means or why it could be a game changer for your family?
Overnight postpartum care is the quintessential luxury for all new parents. When you are struggling to make it through nights, then days, then nights again with your newborn, many parents find comfort in knowing that their doula will soon stop in to save the day and allow them to rest for a whole 8 hours or more!
As a postpartum doula during an overnight shift, we expect that our clients will hand off the babies and make their way to their cozy, comfortable, blissful bed and dream the night away. We usually start our night with cleaning the dishes in your sink and tidying up your kitchen from the days festivities.
We can often be found folding the excess of laundry that newborns often create and preparing, cleaning and sterilizing bottles and pump parts for maximum cleanliness. We want our clients to have peace of mind that they won't have to take on these tasks the next day when new humans are calling their names.
We strive to care for your babies in a way that YOU dictate. We don't have an agenda and we're happy to do things your way. We often hear that parents have chosen to forgo newborn care specialists or night nannies because they felt like the care providers always had an agenda or that it was their way or the highway. Our philosophy is parents know best.
We are here to answer any questions you may have and be a sounding board for any concerns that may come your way, because we have a lot of experience with a lot of different parenting types but when it comes down to it, you are the expert of your child!
Overnight care is your chance to have the sleep that you need in order to care for the children who depend on you during the day or often, the job that needs your attention during the day. Having adequate sleep will help you to get the most out of that first year of your child's life.
In case you were wondering, the postpartum period lasts for up to a year, so if you are looking for some much needed sleep and you aren't sure if you still qualify as "postpartum" it doesn't hurt to send us an email and ask. If you have a child of any age, we classify you as postpartum and are happy to help in anyway we can! So let us help you be the best and well rested parent you can be! Give us a call today!