Category Archives: Postpartum

Birth Ways International – Postpartum Paper Projects

February 2, 2021

Here are some easy ways to ease things for your client or friend who just had a baby. And no, this is not a papercraft post!

There are many simple, inexpensive things to do with paper that might bring comfort in the postpartum days.

See if any of these resonate and add other ideas that come up!

  • Paper journal or notebook for scribbling, doodling, writing down questions you have so you can clear your mind, recording fragments of your birth - words, images, memories, questions, stories.

 

  • Use tissue paper to cover the bottom half of your windows to create softer light and privacy if that would feel good

 

  • Write out a postpartum plan for things you might need and how you can get help to get your needs met, be they groceries, meals, social connection, support with breastfeeding, care of your pet or other kids.

  • Consider putting a note on your front door saying “Thank you so much for dropping off that meal. We are enjoying some quiet time to get to know our baby and rest up. We will let you know when we are ready for visitors.”

 

  • Record poops, pees and nursing sessions for the first while until things get established - in case you feel to connect with your doula, La Leche League breastfeeding support or a lactation specialists for support in getting abundance milk supply.

 

  • Write out your birth story, memories, snippets, phrases, images or questions to ask about how things went.

  • Groceries list - keep a list handy of snacks you are craving, hearty food you would appreciate being made for you, food supplies that need to be picked up or delivered.

 

  • Post helpful guides like “Is my baby getting enough?” from LLL that reassure you that your baby is spending enough time well latched or give you concrete suggestions on how to adjust things.

 

  • Read helpful things from a trusted resource book on newborns, nursing or parenting.

 

  • Read a fluffy book that has nothing to do with self-improvement - to relax - because you are ENOUGH!

PS: Sign-up for our Postpartum Doula Training and our Birth Doula Training are now open. Join the doula circle and help your community!

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How birth and postpartum doulas can help parents of a premature baby

November 17, 2020

With the birth of a baby comes a mixture of emotions and a sense of celebration. When a premature baby arrives early the feelings of excitement and anxiety can be amplified, and any impulse to celebrate might be drowned out by worry over the child's health, especially if they are in NICU.

There are so many general ways that both birth and postpartum doulas can help the parent(s) of premature babies:

  • extra support through the birth and intensive care stay
  • specific resources for much-needed lactation support
  • listening as they begin to process their experience
  • specialized postpartum support that may start during the hospital stay
  • helping prepare for the transition back home

Premature Baby

What are some specific support tips specific to clients with babies who arrive early?

  • ensuring the mom has enough menstrual supplies for their time in NICU with baby
  • set up a nursing supply bag for her to take with her to that unit
  • reminding her of the benefits of any skin to skin time with baby
  • healthy meals and snacks, a handy water bottle rather than a styrofoam cup
  • listen to their memories of the birth and make notes as they speak
  • record any questions they have about their care

What other tips can you share from your experience with a premature baby?

PS: Sign-up for our Postpartum Doula Training and our Birth Doula Training are now open. Join the doula circle and help your community!

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Reasons to Become A Doula – Birth Ways International Doula Training

September 27, 2020

Could I be a doula? Where do I begin training? Who takes our doula training and what are their reasons?

Birth Ways International is often asked these questions by people curious about our Birth Doula Training, Postpartum Doula Training, and continuing education courses. We are very happy to answer them as there are many reasons why people want to become a doula.

Reasons to become a doula

Here are a few reasons to become a doula. Which one speaks to you?

  • Had a great birth and want more people to experience that.
  • Experienced a difficult birth and want to help others avoid that challenge.
  • Want to go to the birth of a loved one or community member informed and prepared.
  • Interested in making a career out of being a doula.
  • Want to support families and inform them of all their options.
  • Passionate about helping people during pregnancy, birth and their postpartum.
  • Want to be an advocate for women, babies and families.
  • Inspired to be an advocate for change in the system.

  • Are a healthcare professional and want to deepen their knowledge of the childbearing year.
  • Seeking work in a related field and want to add doula work to their menu of services.
  • Working or training as a massage therapist and are interested in the 6 credits from BDT.
  • Are pregnant and know that this weekend is the best prenatal class around.
  • Applying to midwifery school and know that many of our grads get into the school of their choice.
  • Retired from day job and want to do this awesome caregiving work.
  • Heard that our training is affordable.
  • Love that we blend evidence-based information with the experiences we have gathered in over 600 births and combined 40 years of birth experience.

All of these reasons are valid, as are yours!

Women of all ages and interests take Birth Ways International trainings - there is a space in our circle for you!

The next Birth Doula Training is happening October 23 to 25 and registration is now open! We also offer a variety of classes via video-on-demand as well as a monthly Online Doula Q&A. Please let Angie and Karen know if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Reasons to become a doula

Why I love a messy house!

October 4, 2019

I love to see a messy house when I visit my clients, especially in the days after the baby is born.

Why?

It means that they are focusing on the essentials and simply have no time to tidy - and that can be a very good thing.

They are eating, staying hydrated, connecting with baby and maybe resting.
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