Immediately postpartum, families are left with a brand new baby, a million pediatric appointments to attend, and a single postpartum visit to get the "A-OK." Sometimes they get more postpartum check ups, for example if they've had a home birth, the midwife will come between three and five times postpartum, and ask questions about their emotional state and how things are going, but it's often still a medical assessment for mom and baby. Sometimes new parents have family in town to help out, amidst vying for the new baby's attention. All to often, the important things about your postpartum healing and parenting journey are left unattended to. Enter the postpartum doula.
I had the great pleasure of meeting with Tara Snide. She is a baby guru, breastfeeding expert, and postpartum professional, based out of Castle Rock, Colorado. She works for families in the South Denver Metro Region, Castle Rock, and Colorado Springs!
Tara specializes in assisting with families with twins, and also loves working with "newborn families" aka those who have just had their first babies! She's great at helping your family adjust to another new addition as well. Let's face it, she loves it all!
I asked Tara some questions about her role as a postpartum doula.
What makes your postpartum support so unique?
Families often don't know what they want, or what they will best benefit from, so I help them with that by working a regular schedule of 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. (This schedule fills fast, so schedule your free phone consultation today!) With this schedule, they wake up knowing I will be there in just a few short hours. No more, "What am I going to do?" "How am I going to make it to bedtime?" We often start by discussing how the night went, and meet the immediate needs first. I then model self-care, and help them establish a routine for the day. I answer any pertinent questions they have, and fill whatever roles they need me to.
How do you help families? Do all families benefit from hiring a postpartum doula?
I believe every newborn family can benefit from an in-home visit with a postpartum doula. Whether they have questions about breastfeeding, belly binding, swaddling, sleep routines, babywearing, nutrition, self-care, or parenting.... I am there to teach, support and model best practices on their parenting journey.
A postpartum doula's job is to not only support new families, but help them get that feeling of
"I CAN do this!"
That is just what Tara does with the support she provides.
Three things really stood out to me in meeting with Tara; her follow through with families, her work with dads, and the importance she places on self care. In Birth Boot Camp, we have a strong focus on preparing dads, and Tara also recognizes the importance of building confidence and parenting skills in dads. Tara's work isn't finished at a specific age of your baby, it continues as long as families need her expertise; even if that's later on in your parenting journey. Tara recognizes the relationship she builds with families, and will be there for you anytime in your parenting journey. Self care is quite possibly the biggest element missing from a healthy and happy postpartum adjustment. It is the number one thing that moms struggle with throughout motherhood. Tara's postpartum support fills the gap between medical care and compassionate attention for your postpartum needs.