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19 Oct Parenting: Postpartum Survival Guide


After months of anticipation, your brand new human is here! This scrumptious little creature is captivating and mysterious.

About the time you get home, you may start to ask, “What next?”

When else in life have you felt such strong emotions of pride, excitement, and “Oh-Snap-How-Do-We-Do-This?!” at the same time?


So let’s talk about how to prepare for living life at home with a newborn.


Physical Recovery

Regardless of the physical and medical details involved with the birth of your child, there will be a physical recovery. Of course you want it to go as smoothly as possible, so here are some things to consider.

  • Your physical needs. You’ll need a comfortable place to rest and recuperate. Additionally, the right people ready and available to offer skilled support is a vital component for most new parents when recovering from childbirth.
  • Items for your physical comfort and healing. Make sure you understand the details surrounding any needed prescriptions and their use. Also, take some time prenatally to assemble any supplies or products you want to have on hand during your recovery at home (compresses, sitz baths, that amazing numbing spray from the hospital, etc).
  • What will you do with your placenta? Would encapsulation be a good option for you? Maybe!
  • Lots of time. Be patient with your newly postpartum body and go slowly. Don’t fall into the trap of rushing your recovery or becoming too physically active, too soon.


Emotional Transition

It’s common to feel both emotionally spent and on an emotional high by the time you’re holding your baby in your arms. Around this time, a whole new force of emotions may hit. You may wonder if you’ll ever have control over this part of you again.

  • Feeling ‘all over the place’. You’re not alone! Most new parents feel this way in the days after their baby’s arrival. This should get better or resolve within a few weeks after birth. If not, seek advice from your medical provider.
  • Big changes. Going from carrying your child on the inside to carrying your child on the outside is a really big shift. Many new parents find themselves conflicted about this and it can be confusing. Speaking with your Postpartum & Infant Care Doula, your OB, your Midwife, or other trusted person can be helpful.
  • Processing. Allow yourself time and space to talk, journal, reach out to those you trust, express yourself, etc. Transitioning from “we’re expecting a baby” to “we have a baby” is a big deal! Don’t discount your own needs to process what you have experienced.


Your New Baby

Bringing this captivating and mysterious creature home can be overwhelming at first. When you think about learning to live with this baby, what does your ideal support look like?

  • Basic needs. Is there anything about the basic needs of a newborn that you’re unsure about? What education or in person support will help you learn to take care of your baby with confidence?
  • Infant feeding. How do you plan to feed your baby? Is this something you’ll want to have assistance with as you and your baby learn the ropes? All types of infant feeding can take time, patience and lots of support.
  • Support. When thinking about establishing the best version of your family’s ‘new normal’, consider the support and professional guidance of a Postpartum & Infant Care Doula. Our Doulas focus on leaving you more confident than we found you and easing the transition your family is experiencing.


Not sure how to organize these plans? Give us a call, we can help you with that.


Your Doulas at Doulas Northwest


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