Posts tagged postpartum
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.

 
Have you thought about what happens AFTER birth?

Healing and finding balance. 

Too often we think about “bouncing back” from pregnancy, ignoring the important new changes to our bodies and lives.  You have created a whole tiny human, birthed that baby, and the life changes keep on rollin' in as you and your family adjust to your new roles and family dynamic.  This is big stuff, friends. 

Slow the *F* down.

For some reason, after giving birth we have a notion that within days we should be able to jump right back into life as it was before birth and baby.  Why?!  Give yourself some time and space to rest and recover.

Let's be real here for a minute, O.K.?  There is no going back, friends. You have some serious healing to do - even if your birth was "text book" and physically you feel great!  Your body has given so much to your tiny human during pregnancy and you need to replenish and find a new way forward. 

The 4th Trimester

Whatever you want to call it, the weeks and months after giving birth are an important period of time for you, your baby, and your whole family. Just as you made space for learning and self care during your first three trimesters, giving yourself that same love and care during the first few months after birth is absolutely important!  So, what can you do to help yourself during that postpartum period?

Shop. Learn. Connect. Grow. 

Cloth pads:   County Cloth Creations    Fridet the MomWasher:   Fridababy   Herbal sitz blend:   Hello, Baby!

Cloth pads: County Cloth Creations  Fridet the MomWasher: Fridababy Herbal sitz blend: Hello, Baby!

1. Invest in some quality postpartum care products.

You don't need a whole lot of gadgets and fancy pants stuff after birth (though we are HUGE fans of Fridet the MomWasher for perineal care - it just makes sense!) but investing in some natural and effective care products can help make your recovery from birth a whole lot more comfortable. The Hello, Baby! shop (located downtown Peterborough) has a great selection of healing and self care products - come check them out!

2. Take a class! There is a lot to learn about postpartum wellness. 

Part of our Birth + Baby Prep School classes focuses on recovery from birth (vaginal and cesarean) because as birth parents ourselves, we know how important it is to know what is normal and when to reach out for help after birth. We also have some other amazing learning opportunities coming up at the Hello, Baby! hub if you want to plan ahead and make your postpartum recovery a little easier!

 

Sitting Moon postpartum workshop

Jesse Gottlieb-Jacob R.Ac R. Tcmp has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Peterborough for ten years. In that time he has worked with many women trying to conceive, maintain a healthy pregnancy,  prevent the need for inductions, and restore postpartum health. His aim is to provide insight and support to make the transformative time of pregnancy as nourishing and connected as possible.

Join Jesse to learn about the tradition of Sitting Moon. He will walk you through examples of how you and your family can support your postpartum recovery, review some nutritious recipes, and demonstrate helpful exercises that you can practice safely after birth.  

Wear comfy clothes and bring a notebook. Yoga mats, water and tea provided by Hello, Baby!

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Join Jill Persson from Health with Jill on July 12th from 10am to 1130am to talk about how to eat well after birth!

Life with a new baby is challenging enough on its own. Trying to find the time and energy to make a balanced meal can seem downright impossible. Arm yourself with confidence and a nutrition toolkit to help you make healthful choices that nourish your body and mind. We’ll cover:

  • Nutrition that aids in recovery from all types of birth

  • Foods to support breastfeeding

  • Simple meal planning strategies

  • How food can give you more energy, lift your mood, and help you sleep better

  • What to eat when there’s no time to cook and you only have one hand free

  • Walk away with a collection of simple, fast recipes designed to nourish and energize

3. Build your community & learn new skills!

Connecting with other new parents is such an important part of finding balance in your new life.  Choosing one or two weekly activities to break up the weeks and keep you connected to your peers is a great idea!  The New Parent Club is one of the best weekly meet ups around because it combines community, comfort, and learning. The New Parent Club is a 6 week session for you and baby. You can come and enjoy a comfy couch, refreshments, and weekly mini-workshops on subjects ranging from infant sleep to family friendly natural remedies facilitated by health and wellness professionals right here in Peterborough! Grow your skills base and learn from one another - this is the way parenting is meant to be.

Make the most of your 4th trimester!

Don't rush yourself through such an important time in your life. Healing physically and emotionally after birth sets you up for a smoother transition into parenting and a healthier life!  Invest in yourself and spend some time making a postpartum plan to help you and your family move forward into your new lives with baby! 

Fear Release Workshop

It is O.K. to let it go. 

Join Bonnie Carl, Family Mindfulness Educator & Certified Meditation and Yoga Teacher from Mindful Mama's Family Wellness on April 21, 2018 from 9:30-11:30am, for a workshop to bring gentle awareness and acceptance to our fears surrounding pregnancy, birth, postpartum recovery, parenting and unresolved traumas. In this 2 hour workshop you will gain tools to:

  • Release fears and minimize anxiety
  • Maintain a state of presence, bringing calm and relaxation to the entire nervous system
  • Increase melatonin and promote deeper sleep
  • Improve happy hormones, serotonin & oxytocin, boosting mood and cultivating serenity
  • Increase JOAS- vital life energy that is drained by lifestyle, physical & mental exertion and trauma
Hello Baby Fear Release

Healing through words and movement.

During this very special two hour workshop, Bonnie will lead you through a series of exercises to help you name your fears and begin to let them go.  The workshop will include: 

  • "What If" - a releasing activity to begin class and work through at home
  • Gentle restorative Hatha yoga
  • Pranayama (breath control) 
  • A healing/sharing circle
  • Meditation to ground and connect with self, in awareness and presence

A mini-retreat for your mind and body.

The journey through pregnancy, birth, and adjusting to life postpartum affects us all in different ways.  The way we feel emotionally and spiritually has very real effects on our bodies, the way we labour, and our ability to transition into parenthood. If you are struggling with the physical and emotional changes that come with creating life, you are definitely not alone!  Bonnie will gently guide you through this workshop and a few steps closer to healing and release!

Erin Oliveira is Joining the New Parent Club

Get more sleep with less fuss

Understanding how you can help your baby get the sleep they need so that they are rested, happy, and healthy is a top priority for just about every parent!  How much sleep your baby gets impacts how much sleep you get, right?  #teamnosleep 

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Meet Erin Oliveira

Hello, Baby! is all about education and skill building which is exactly why we reached out to Erin Oliveira to join the New Parent Club!  Erin is a Certified Sleep Consultant through the Family Sleep Institute and a Good Night Sleep Site Educator.

She is more than a sleep consultant - she is an educator who takes the time to explain the "why" behind her suggestions with evidence based information. She offers suggestions, skills, and methods compatible with all parenting styles and approaches sleep from a family centered perspective. 

Peterborough Doula Sleep New Parent Club

Join the New Parent Club to talk sleep with Erin!

Erin will join us once every 6 weeks to talk sleep, pass on some pro tips, and give you some guidance to get more sleep with less fuss!  You can ask her your questions and get some real answers specific to your situation in the comfort of the Hello, Baby! hub while lounging and sipping on some tea. Sound good? Join the club!