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Should I hire a postpartum doula now... or after baby is born?

Hiring your postpartum doula NOW is a good choice.

If you are hiring a postpartum doula it is because you know that once baby is born and home, you are going to need some support. The fact that you have taken the time to think about taking care of yourself and your baby after they are born it amazing - seriously, we are SUPER proud of you! So take that one extra step and hire your postpartum doula NOW.

You will be happy you planned ahead.

Taking the time to meet with and hire a postpartum doula now, before baby is born, is definitely a good idea for a couple of reasons.

First of all, you are going to need to tap into that support shortly after your baby is born and you are settling in at home. If you wait until you are in the thick of those hazy newborn days you are in survival mode and it may fall off of your list. Booking your doula now is setting yourself up for a less stressful and more supported transition into parenthood, not to mention recovery from birth.

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Secondly, hiring a postpartum doula is usually something you want to take a little time with! You will be sharing time and space with your doula and it is important that you feel comfortable with them and confident in their skills and experience. Your partner may also want to meet them ahead of time! Trying to make this kind of personal / professional connection with someone when you are already in the middle of transition can be tough! Now, while you are pregnant, you will have more time to explore your options and make the right choice for you.

Connect with a Hello, Baby! doula.

Day or night, Hello, Baby!’s doulas can work with you and your family to get through those first days, weeks, and even months with your baby. You don’t have to just survive your postpartum period - you can walk through it at your own pace with an experienced professional to guide you and help you learn new skills. E-mail info@hellobabyptbo.com to connect with a Hello, Baby! doula and find out more about what we offer to support your postpartum experience.

3 reasons to take your prenatal education class earlier
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You’ve decided that prenatal education is a “must have” for you… but when do you sign up?

Taking a prenatal education class is such an important step towards preparing for your birth. A good prenatal education class will help you explore the different options you have when it comes to your birthing space, your care providers, pain medications, and hands-on ways you can stay on top of your contractions. No matter how you are planning on giving birth, there are choices you will have to make along the way and knowledge is power.

25 weeks is the perfect time to take your class.

Because there is so much to learn, you want time on your side. Signing up for a prenatal education class around the midway point of your pregnancy means you will have time to process all the information that is presented to you and figure out what you want to fold into your vision of birth. It is never too late to sign up for class, but earlier is better!

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3 reasons why taking your prenatal education class earlier is a GREAT idea!

  1. Time to research and plan.

    There are a TON of books, blogs, articles, and videos about birth out there. There are so many, in fact, that it can be hard to know where to start! When you take your prenatal education class around the “half way” mark of your pregnancy not only are you giving yourself time to read and explore, you are giving yourself some direction! Ask your prenatal education teacher for suggestions and dig in!

  2. Time to ask questions.

    If you think about it, you only see your midwives, doctor or OBGYN approximately 15 times throughout your pregnancy (unless any additional scans or checks are needed). Assuming you take your prenatal education class around week 25 that means you may only have 6 or 7 visits left to talk to your care provider, ask them questions, and work together towards a plan that includes your birth goals. The later you take your class, the less time you have to really dig into the details with your team! Trust us, you WILL walk out of class with new information and some really important questions!

  3. Time to practice.

    One of the best things about a good prenatal education class is the opportunity it gives you and a birth partner to learn and practice new skills that will be SO important in keeping you comfortable, calm and confident during your labour. The earlier you take your class, the more time you have to practice what you have learned and you know what they say, practice makes perfect! It has been shown that when you take a prenatal education class that encourages you to take your new skills home and practice them you are significantly more likely to use them during labour and to use fewer medical interventions! Win Win WIn!

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Have you registered for a prenatal education class yet?

If you haven’t, now is the time! Whether you can take your class around 25 weeks or not, try to choose a date that is going to leave you with enough time to process all of that info, connect with your care provider to ask questions, and to practice those skills! If you are in the Peterborough area we would love to see you in the Birth + Baby Prep School - the most inclusive, positive, and empowering class in the area!

Pumping doesn't have to suck.

Let's start from the very beginning.

As with most things in life, "Why" is usually a great place to start when you are trying to make something work. There are dozens of reasons to pump breast milk and for each "why" there is a different routine will make achieving your pumping goals that much easier!

Pumping 101 Hello Baby Peterborough

That's where Pumping 101 comes in.

Pumping 101 is a class that brings us back to the beginning - your WHY. That is what makes is perfect for everyone at all stages of the pumping game. Before we even look at a pump, we will take a look at your why and how that is going to affect the way you pump! Your pumping goals will affect: 

  • What kind of pump will be best for you
  • How often you should consider pumping
  • How long you should pump for
  • When you should pump throughout the day and/or night
  • What kind of support you may need to meet your goal

Take the stress out of pumping.

After you explore your "why" we can jump into the other big questions: when, where, how, and how much. Pumping 101 will take you through: 

  • choosing the right pump for you

  • putting together and cleaning your pump parts

  • choosing flanges that fit your body properly

  • making a pumping routine to fit your goals and your life

  • thinking about pumping differently and setting realistic expectation for yourself

  • using your hands and pumping more effectively

  • troubleshooting common pumping problems

Set a goal and learn how to make it happen!

Pumping doesn't have to suck, friend. Sign up for Pumping 101 and start from the beginning!  Make a plan for success and learn what you need to make it happen. 

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Getting out with your baby has never been easier!

Feeling a bit nervous about getting out with that tiny human for the first time?

It's O.K. We totally get it - we were there, too. It can seem overwhelming to pack up the diaper bag and head out into the world with your baby!  What if they fuss? What if they need to eat?  What if you have nothing to talk about other than baby toes and dirty diapers?!

Don't stress! Join the New Parent Club. 

The New Parent Club is what we wish we had during the first months with our babes!  Somewhere to go where we wouldn't have to worry about being judged for being the beautiful hot-mess that we often are for a while after bringing that sweet baby home. 

Hello Baby New Parent Club Peterborough

Hello, Baby! is the ultimate baby-friendly place to come and hang out, learn, and shop. We LOVE babies - even the fussy ones - and more importantly, we love to support new parents. We have worked hard to create a space where you can leave those worries at the door and just let it all hang out! But we know it can be hard to just walk in somewhere not knowing who will be there or what you will do so... we created the New Parent Club!

  • A parent + baby group that runs for 6 weeks at a time
  • Socialize with other parents + let your baby explore other tiny humans
  • Talk with parent + baby lovin' health and wellness professionals about the BIG issues like sleep, nutrition, mental health, keeping yourself and your baby healthy naturally, and gentle postpartum activity (yoga!)
  • Cozy up in a safe, inclusive, judgement free space

Taking those first steps can feel HUGE... but we are here for you!

The New Parent Club is the perfect place to get your feet wet. Small groups, #realtalk, baby friendly, and so much fun; you are definitely going to have a great time. At the end of 6 weeks you will have new friends, some awesome parenting #lifehacks and a ton of confidence for your next adventure!

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