Are you a new mom? Exhausted? Need some sleep?
There are two experts that can help, a sleep trainer and a postpartum doula. But keep in mind that they are both great but they are more beneficial at different times.
There is no doubt that having a new baby is exhausting! If you are looking to catch some ZZZ’s after the birth of your baby skip the sleep trainer and head to a local postpartum doula. While I think Sleep Education services are valuable, many times a postpartum doula can help you out with some extra sleep. Here are three ways they can help:
The benefits of hiring one.
First, many postpartum doulas are well-educated in the information I teach to parents and doulas alike. In fact there may be a doula in your area who has taken classes from me.
Second, some, but not all postpartum doulas, will help you at night with feedings. Do keep in mind that if you are nursing you’ll want to nurse throughout the night during the first few weeks; however a doula can do everything else at night including changing diapers so you can maximize your sleep.
Third, she can give you strategies to implement when she is not there to make the night run smoother.
Think you can’t afford a postpartum doula?
Plan ahead by putting aside a little bit of money each month of your pregnancy. Let your family and friends know a monetary gift towards doula services, in any amount, would be greatly appreciated. At one baby shower I saw a “tree” where guests were invited to clip a doula donation. Some doulas charge less for days and more for nights; hire a postpartum doula 2 or 3 days a week for 4 hours. Ask her guidance for night strategies and take a nap while she is there. Another option is partial or full bartering with a doula. While I never bartered for postpartum services I did once barter Sleep Education services for Pilate’s classes. :-)
In the first few weeks, after birth, a postpartum doula can be much more valuable than a sleep trainer. A Postpartum doula can offer sleep education and so much more! Due to the fact that every postpartum doula is different, if sleep strategies are important to you, make this clear while interviewing doulas.
How many hours of sleep do you need to feel refreshed? What will you do to get enough sleep once your baby is here? Do you have a plan? I would love to hear from you. If you're an experienced mom, I would love to hear your tips! We can all learn from each other. Please leave your comment in the comment box below.
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