As I mentioned in my previous post, I have some plans for replacing nursing while I'm doing the stay at home mom thing. I'm really excited about all of them, so I'm going to tell you about them in a "series" of blog posts. I put "series" in quotes for a couple of reasons: 1) My little one loves to be held, so my blog posts kind of have to come together in increments of just a few minutes before she realizes she's not in my arms or while Husband is available to do the baby holding (which he loves to do; he's just been working very hard lately, too) 2) A series is typically a well put-together line of posts that are not only related but also timed to perfection-- that is not what this will be. Anyway, on to the part where I tell you about my first plan.
I am working on becoming certified as a post-partum doula! Many of you have probably heard of a birth doula, but few people realize that there are multiple types of doulas. The birth doula, of course, is a woman who helps laboring women; they help with breathing and relaxation techniques and are present during the woman's labor and deliver--or for as much of it as the woman would like. We had a doula at Little A's birth, and she was awesome. We actually had a team of two doulas both of whom were present for different parts of our labor, and they were both awesome. Anyway, that's not the type of doula that I'm becoming at this time, though there are tentative plans for me to add that certification later if all goes well. There are also ante-partum doulas that help moms during their pregnancy. And, then there is the post-partum doula; this is what I am working to become.
A post-partum doula is a woman who goes into the homes of women after their babies have arrived to help in whatever capacity the new momma requires. I will help with self care of the new momma, care of the newborn, breastfeeding, meal prep, errands, care of older children in the home, small chores around the house, etc. I'm learning (through my training and from my own newborn) about what's considered normal in newborns and new moms, infant massage, tips and tricks to soothe a crying baby, and so much more.
I'm really excited to start this. I've nearly finished all of the training material (I'm doing a distance program from home) which just leaves about 9 book reports and some hours with clients. In order to complete my certification I'll need to complete a minimum of 10 hours with 3 different clients and submit written feedback from those three clients. If you or someone you know (preferably in the Charlotte, NC area) is expecting a baby or just had a baby and would like 10+ hours of free help in exchange for written feedback, send them my way! I'm hoping to provide those 3 clients with care free of charge so I can complete my certification. Please let me know!
If you have any questions, comment below; I'm more than happy to answer.
And, like I said, if you know a soon-to-be mom or a mom who recently had a baby in the Charlotte, NC area who may like some help in their home free of charge...send them here!