17 Dec Parenting In The Northwest: 2019 In Review
2019 in review…there is so much! So much I could say about the wisdom, tenacity, and unconditional love of new parents in the Pacific Northwest.
For the record: The only statistic Doulas Northwest tracks is whether the client families we serve feel heard and supported while they grow in confidence under our care. Pretty simple really, but invaluable in our opinion. Because good parenting isn’t about how a baby is born or how a baby is fed…or any of a hundred other parenting choices out there.
In 2019, Doulas Northwest came alongside families amidst:
Their very first days at home with new babies
Emergency trips out of state
Tough transitions into infant feeding routines
Difficult physical recoveries from birth
Concerns about managing baby’s weight gain
Syringe and finger feeding breastmilk and formula
The need to talk and decompress at 2am
Tears of joy and tears of frustration
Celebrating breastfeeding progress
Intense trips for follow up visits with hungry twin infants
Worried calls to the hospital to find out if further assessment is needed
Hilarious and explosive diaper changes
New parent jitters
Moments of pure joy and admiration
Bottle feeding from day one
Re-admissions to the hospital, days after birth
The best bed head after a night’s sleep
Solving the swaddling mystery
Knowing when to lean in
…and so many more moments. 2019 has been a year to remember -not because of any statistical thing when it comes to parenting choices, but because of the people. Genuine, loving parents who care for their families unendingly and with the truest love there is.
These parents are our people.
Doulas Northwest exists to support our people and we welcome 2020 with open arms.
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