When Shawna Peterson was finally discharged from the hospital following the birth of her son, she felt energetic and excited. A few days later, the dishes were piled up, the baby was running out of clean laundry and the steady influx of visitors (who promised help but really just wanted to hold the baby while she did chores) was starting to wear on her. “I didn’t know how she was going to keep going.” says Shawna’s husband, Matt. “She was up with the baby most of the night and struggling to keep up on everything during the day. Something was eventually going to have to give, but Shawna hates asking for help.”
ONE DAY MATT WAS TALKING TO A CO-WORKER WHO SUGGESTED THEY CALL CHINOOK CITY DOULAS AND HIRE A POSTPARTUM DOULA.
Shawna was uncomfortable about hiring a postpartum doula
at first. The last thing she needed was someone judging her and giving her advice she didn’t need but after reading a little bit on the Chinook City Doulas website (and learning about the unbiased and no-judgement support doulas offer) she felt satisfied that a doula might be a good idea after all. She still wasn’t sure how she would feel about having a stranger in the house but Matt insisted. They called the office, requested a contract and scheduled their first shift for the very next day!
“The first day our postpartum doula, Lacey, was scheduled to come I was mortified. We’d had a really rough night with the baby and everything was a disaster. Lacey helped me get settled in nursing the baby, made me some tea and a snack, then tackled the mountain of dishes in the kitchen. She made me realize that it’s OK to not be able to do it all.” Shawna explains.
When asked what their favorite things about having a postpartum doula were Shawna explained how much she loved the custom meal planning. “Lacey has a whole process where she assesses your food preferences and creates a meal plan for you. She’ll even do the shopping and preparation.” Matt says “We learned how to recognize our baby’s different cries and new ways to sooth him! I feel like I am better equipped to help out now, instead of just giving the baby to Shawna when he cries.”
To meet with a postpartum doula or get more information about support during your baby’s first year contact Chinook City Doulas.
Calgary Postpartum Doula.
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