I hear a person's deepest fears about being a parent and keep them safe. I see this person as a parent in ways that they share with no one else.
I see their strengths in a way they don't allow themselves to quite celebrate.
I share space to provide support so they can help themselves start their parenting chapter, which can feel very scary, with an empowered outlook and plan.
Nesting is important. It's the brain and body's way of gearing up to help a new human, that was on the inside, survive on the outside.
Yet getting things in order can be overwhelming.
A doula can help.
1. Sibling help- A family with a toddler was expecting twins. That toddler needing some help learning to sleep in her crib for naptime. She had always slept with mom up until mom was just not able to skip her pee breaks and stretch out. Physically mom needed support to lift and put toddler into the crib. Emotional support was also necessary because mom felt anxiety about how things would change for her daughter when the twins came. How would she adapt to having to juggle the needs of many littles?
2. Bringing baby home- is the home ready? Have you thought of all the details of what works best for feeding, sleep, and supporting yourself? Nursery prep. Supplies. Meal train, meal plans, and meal support. Diaper choices, feeding options.
3. Meals- I can prep a ridiculous number of meals in one day. I can prep snacks. I can grocery shop!!! Physically and energetically it is hard to grocery shop, prep meals for the freezer, and even imagine what you needs will be postpartum. I can help take on some of the mental and physical load.
4. Preparing for birth- get the towels! Get the receiving blankets! Get the butt paste! I've been in several homes helping mom prepare for her home birth. Gathering supplies and preparing the space in ways that mom is not able.
5. Emotional Support- Cool cool cool. You got pregnant. You probably won't see the stress and anxiety of parenting until the wee one is here- right? We look for positivity by discovering your superpower (strength) as a parent. We celebrate wins. We create strategies for accountability as we create new challenges to overcome. I work peer-to-peer because all that separates me and my clients is time and experience.
6. Birth Plan Details- Not everyone wants to do a full childbirth education course. Some just want help creating a comprehensive plan. You see, nurses and providers respond well to plans that are in their language. If a plan is concise and deliberate, it can enable nurses and families to become allies for the same birth outcomes. Have questions? I've got some evidence based answers. Need options? We can include those too. Let's create a unique-to-you birth plan that helps you feel prepared going into birth.
I am sure that there will many more new experiences to come.
What Clients Are Saying
"Choosing Sophie as my postpartum doula is one of the wisest choices I have made related to the birth of my daughter. She comes into our home and provides an immeasurable amount of support and assistance. From helping with meal prep, to nursing advice and assistance, and helping me process how I am doing mentally band emotionally, Sophie does so much to help me feel capable and grounded in this time of change. Sophie doesn't just help with tasks around our home, she gives me tools and knowledge to help me care for myself, care for my baby, and understand and process the journey we are on together."
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