Maternal Instincts believes the 4th trimester is the most exhausting and the most important.
In the first 12 weeks of life, baby and parent(s) create a lifelong bond – everything baby received while in the womb, baby’s parent(s) must now provide.
Maternal Instincts’ postnatal care and Night Nanny services help families in their transition home by providing support while you acclimate to your “new normal.” Whatever support you need, is the support you deserve, and we provide that with no judgement. You make the decisions for your family and we will support you in any way we can. Maternal Instincts provides postpartum/Night Nanny services to help equip you for a smooth 4th trimester.
In our culture, “getting through it” seems to have become the norm. Asking for help often stirs up feelings of shame and judgment of ourselves and from others. Opinions and unsolicited advice can leave us feeling defeated by the expectations or preconceptions of how things “should” be.
Your postpartum support is there to take care of you and your new baby. Your doula may provide aid with feedings, food in the middle of the night, assistance getting to the restroom, tidying the house, doing the dishes or taking out the trash. This allows parents to get much needed sleep. It also prepares parents for their upcoming days. They feel ready to start their day seamlessly when they wake.
For newborns, the focus is on weight gain and establishing their “normals” of sleep, comfort and fussiness. Responding to and meeting your baby’s needs includes learning and reading their cries, and understand this; communication will set baby up to thrive.
I knew nothing about the 4th trimester until I met the girls at Maternal Instincts. The gift of sleep is priceless! (Mother of Twins) I never would have breastfed as long as I did if Rachelle had not come and encouraged me to hang on! She showed me how to pump, store my milk, sat with me and chatted while I nursed, fed me…I owe it to her!
4th Trimester Needs for Baby (First 12 weeks)
- Skin-to-Skin Contact (as much as possible)
- Eating on Demand
- No Scheduling
- Co-Sleeping/Arms Reach Sleeping
- Weight Gain
- Swaddling (to regulate baby’s nervous system)
- 24-Hour Cycle
4th Trimester Needs for Parents (First 12 weeks)
- Skin-to-Skin with Baby (as much as possible)
- Sleep When Baby Sleeps (more with a Night Nanny)
- Nutrition/Eating for Milk Supply
- Learning to Follow Your Instincts
- 24-Hour Cycle
What is a Certified Pospartum Doula?
A Postpartum Doula is a specially trained and experienced professional caregiver who provides whole-family support in the early weeks after the addition of a baby to the family.
In addition to providing education and support to the entire family, a postpartum doula “mothers” the parents and baby, smoothing the transition home, and cultivating a peaceful home environment.
“I don’t know what we would have done without Sarah after our second child was born. In addition to being incredibly loving, knowledgeable, and connected with our new baby, Sarah took impeccable care of our whole family, making sure to check in with each of us to assess and meet our needs. With her incredible cooking, honest communication, and infectious laughter, Sarah turned a stressful time into a joyous one. All of us – my husband, my new baby, my 3-year-old, and I – all of us fell in love with Sarah. If you are looking for phenomenal postpartum support, look no further.
Parent Care by a Postpartum Doula
Postpartum doula care begins before your baby arrives home. During our initial visit we will work together to create a postpartum plan for your family. This may include:
- Postpartum Hospital Visits
- Maternal Care
- Newborn Care
- Breastfeeding Education
- Sibling Care and Support
- General Household Management
- Errand Running
- Meal Preparation
- Overnight Support Care