12 Days of Doula #1
On the first day with baby, My doula gave to me,
She sat down and listened to me.
Right after your baby is born and the house is crowded with family and well-wishers, you might be surprised by feelings of loneliness.
Everybody wants to see and hold the baby. They come bearing gifts of fuzzy blankets and adorable onesies for the baby. Who is holding you? Who's bringing you soft hugs and warm food? Who's watching for your feeding cues?
One of the most important things I can do is just sit down and listen to what you have to say.
Sometimes all you need is to be seen and heard. Doulas are great listeners! We love to chat and be helpful, but we also recognize when it's time to shut up and sit still. Just like you watch your baby for signs of hunger or tiredness, a postpartum doula watches over you and makes sure you get what you need.
Some days you need help, other days you just need to be heard.