Why You Need a Postpartum Doula (or Some Other No-Strings-Attached Kind of Help) After You Have a Baby
Early motherhood was not meant to be attempted alone, in our individual homes, with only the internet and a few books to lean on for guidance. Quite the opposite: early motherhood was meant to be accomplished as part of a village, and a super duper important part of that village is someone who can support you with getting your baby to sleep and feed. Some of my favorite people in that category are doulas and specialists. I love them because they offer expert advice, but also because they are no-strings-attached helpers: they care about your well-being and the well-being of your baby, but their advice is without judgement or obligation. This week, I interview Tiffany Decker, a Mommywise Certified Sleep Coach, and the founder of Birthing Stone Doula, Seattle Sleep Trainer, and Santa Barbara Sleep Trainer. She talks about what parents need to know when it comes to newborn sleep success and about what to expect when you hire a doula. While social distancing precautions are in place, it may not be possible to have a postpartum support person come into your home, but you can work directly with them virtually as well.