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When will my baby sleep through the night?
If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me that question….
It is important that we have realistic expectations. Infants are growing at a very fast rate and are in need of night time feeds for the first several weeks of their lives. When I get asked this question, my answer is usually something along the lines of “Sometime after 2 months old.” We want babies to be healthy, gain weight, and thrive. This means checking in with your pediatrician and being sure that your baby is maintaining his/her growth curve when you start to cut back night time feeds. In the meantime, the following tips will help lay a great foundation for healthy sleep habits in your baby:
I love my job, and I work really, really hard.
A lot goes on behind the scenes, though, and I need to take a moment to say thank you to my husband, who is absolutely vital to my success as a doula.
What are you supposed to do when you come home from the hospital?
You are coming home with your new baby. You are exhausted. You are bleeding. Your vagina hurts, or your Cesarean incision hurts… or BOTH.
You walk into your house to a sink full of dishes, 5 loads of laundry, a half put together nursery, and all your hormones!
What does postpartum mean?
I often hear “Oh, I had that” or “My sister [friend, mom, etc] had postpartum depression” when I mention that I am a Postpartum Doula. I’m surprised so many people think that a Postpartum Doula means Postpartum Depression. However, I just Googled “Postpartum” and all that pops up is sites on Postpartum Depression. Thanks a lot Google. (more…)
I’m having a hard time with my body today.