The first 3 months after birth, also known as the Fourth Trimester, is a time filled with lots of change for both baby and parents. Support in this time is key to physical recovery of the birthing parent, emotional adjustment and everyone becoming comfortable in their new roles.
Many people are unfamiliar with the role of the postpartum doula, and what the training and education of becoming a doula looks like. Today’s blog post is intended to give new parents some insights about the work involved in becoming a postpartum doula, before that person walks in the door to support their family, as well as shine some light on the process for those considering this career path.
Many parents, despite the warnings of the American Academy of Pediatricians, find they bring their baby into their bed with them at some point-- often out of desperation to get some sleep when their child refuses to sleep alone. But this isn't always done in a thoughtful, safe manner.