Cherish Postnatal Services is a Postnatal Doula service available to mothers and families in the Adelaide area. I am also one of the few Mother Blessing facilitators in Adelaide.
A Postnatal Doula’s primary role is to support a new mother during the “fourth trimester”- those first three months after the birth of a baby. This is a time when a mother is intensively engaged in meeting the often demanding needs of her newborn with little time or energy to ensure her own basic needs are being met. A Postnatal Doula supports the newborn mother by assessing her needs, whether she needs a break from baby to shower and change, advice on baby care, breastfeeding support or even making the mounting pile of dishes disappear. With the support of your Postnatal Doula you can relax, heal and realign while you enjoy being with your new baby.
Make the most of this precious time and have the confidence to enjoy every fleeting moment, with the right support you can make the first six weeks of your baby's life the best weeks of your life.
Services include but are not limited to....
Advice regarding newborn care
Breastfeeding support and counselling
Assistance around the house; light household duties ie. vacuuming, dishes, meal prep
Referral to local medical support services and organisations
Support with other siblings
Supporting partners and the wider family unit
Postnatal massage (Ayurvedic)
Baby massage advice
Meditation and mindfulness instruction
Baby wearing advice
Motherblessing facilitation before birth
I have worked with first time mothers and mothers with toddlers and other children and know first hand that every mother's situation and needs are different. Some Mums need more practical support such as assistance with overcoming breastfeeding hurdles or learning new settling techniques. Other families have required more emotional support as they transition physically and mentally into their new roles. Most importantly I've been told that my lactation cookies are to die for!
I have also worked with women whose babies are a little older and are feeling overwhelmed by new parenthood or are looking for some extra support. Feeding issues, a sensitive baby or traumatic birth experience and recovery can leave mothers reeling and feeling unsure and disappointed. Even if you haven't organised postnatal support before the birth of your baby its not too late to do so now.
It is normal for pregnant women to be filled with questions that really can't be answered until baby is finally in your arms; will I be able to breastfeed? What if the baby is unsettled and I don't know what to do? What about nappies, baby wearing, bottles or breast pumps? Where can I go for further help if I need it?
As your doula I am there to support you so you can have the strength to trust your own instincts when it comes to the care of your baby. You may be wondering if this service is for you, would you feel comfortable with another person in your home at this special time? A doula isn't another visitor, instead they make space for you to relax and enjoy bonding with your new family member.
What is a Postnatal Doula?
The word Doula originated from ancient Greece and was the name for a servant who tended to women during labour and the postpartum period. In the modern context a Postnatal Doula is a non-medical practitioner who assists new mothers during those often trying first few weeks or months after the birth of their baby(s). These postnatal services can include anything from assistance with basic breastfeeding and new baby care, birth debriefing, massage and various domestic duties.
I have my Partner/ Mother/ Mother in-law to help me, isn't that enough?
Maybe, but probably not. Everyone can benefit from the services of a Postnatal Doula. A Doula's role is not to replace a partner or family member but to assist the whole family to transition into the postpartum period, this can include young siblings as well.
A Postnatal Doula isn't there because she wants to hold the new baby but because she wants to support the new mother, she may not even lay hands on the infant during a visit depending on the needs of the mother. Family often have the best of intentions but many facets of baby care have advanced in the last 20 or more years, a Postnatal Doula knows the up to date information and research regarding newborn care, SIDS guidelines, babywearing and baby products available etc. as well as having a wealth of knowledge about resources available in the community. She isn't there to judge you or to tell you about how it was in her day, only to support and encourage you and lighten your load.
Who can benefit from these services?
Any mother will benefit from the services of a Postnatal Doula whether it is your first or fourth baby, a Postnatal Doula tailors her services to the needs of the mother and her family. For a first time Mum bringing home a new baby can be a real learning curve, especially when you add the fog of sleeplessness and the added difficulty of physically recovering from the birth while your body also adjusts to postpartum hormones and your milk coming in. Often there isn't family or friends readily available to lend a hand in a practical way so it is a great relief to know that someone can help navigate you through the chaos of that "fourth trimester" leaving you time to snuggle and bond with your baby. Even a seasoned mum can do with the extra support a Postnatal Doula provides as she can help keep on top of things around the house, support other siblings (or give you time to do so) and make sure that Mum still gets the time and opportunity to enjoy the new baby. She is that extra set of hands we always wished we had and the source of gentle guidance and words of advice to help us navigate the fog of those first few few weeks or months. At the very least she is the angel who sees all the dirty dishes, the aching neck and disgruntled toddler and can make it better, at best she is your closest friend and confidant for as long as you need her.