Overnight Newborn Care in CT
Having a newborn brings on a lot of challenges – lack of confidence, non-stop caring for your baby’s needs, breastfeeding issues and exhaustion. How can a doula help to meet these challenges?
Guidance, Care & Practical Support
Postpartum doulas can provide encouragement, breastfeeding and newborn care guidance as well as practical support such as laundry, meal preparation, light housework, and sibling care. Many people hire doulas to help with these issues, other families have their own day support through family members.
It’s the nights though, the relentless awakening every two hours for feedings, changing and settling a newborn that many families do not have support with.
It is hard to find trusted help for this time of the day. MothersCare Overnight Doulas can meet this need. Our doulas are all trustworthy, warm, nurturing and experienced.
An Overnight Doula will care for your newborn at night for one or more nights per week. We have no minimum number of nights that you are required to contract for. You can even try it for one night and see how it works for you and your spouse.
Our Local Doulas
MothersCare Doula Services screens and trains persons that the owners, Sheila Marley and Susan Shepard, would trust with their own babies.
We know this is a very delicate, important time of life within a family. Having an overnight doula provide newborn care will allow both Mom and Dad a chance to recharge their own “batteries” so that they can feel like themselves, feel refreshed and focused.
Having two or more nights a week can help the new mom to heal from delivery and help build her milk supply, give her patience with husband and siblings and make her postpartum more manageable.
Overnight support can help Dad to go to work and function well and worry less about his family while he is working.
What will the doula do for you at night?
Firstly, a doula will care for your baby as you outline. If you are a breastfeeding mom, she can assist with nursing, as needed, and change and settle the baby for you, cutting down your “up time”.
If you are at a point where you can pump, she will feed, change and settle the baby for you. You can pump and leave the milk for the doula outside your door. If you are bottle feeding, the doula will feed and care for the baby through the night.
Secondly, she will take notes for you so you know what the baby did during the night – how many ounces he/she had, diapers, how the baby settled, etc. The doula will also make formula and wash any bottles or nursing equipment for the new mom.
Thirdly, your doula can help you understand how your baby is doing and make suggestions on how to help your baby sleep better as he/she gets older.
Give us call if you are feeling sleep-deprived! Try our night support…you’ll like it!
About Susan Shepard
I am the owner/partner of MothersCare Doula Services in CT. I am a Postpartum doula and my business partner, Sheila Marley is a Labor doula. MothersCare places both Labor and Postpartum doulas with CT Families. I am the mom of five beautiful children, one set of twins. The best quote for me as a young mother and the catalyst for MothersCare is “It’s not weakness to know you need help, it’s wisdom.”