Posts in Postpartum Doula
Postpartum Doula Tips: Baby's First Bath

Bringing your baby home is unlike any other experience you’ll ever have. It is a perfect combination of love, excitement, nerves, and even some fear. That is why having a postpartum doula is such an asset. We are there to meet you exactly where you’re at, help you honor that excitement while also calming the nerves.

One of the most nerve wrecking things you’ll go through as a brand new parent is that first bath. It doesn’t seem that difficult, but once you’re in it, you’re so scared you’ll hurt your baby, that your baby will be too cold, or that your baby will slip out of your hands! Add those nerves to your sleep deprivation and being sore from giving birth and you can imagine how overwhelming that moment can be.

This is why the first bath is one of my favorite moments to guide new parents through. It is a transitional moment, one that once completed, helps boost your confidence as a parent and strengthens your bond as a couple and a family.

Though each bath after that first gets easier and easier, it can still be a stressful process for several weeks or months. So here are a few tips from me to you on giving your baby a bath.

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Creating a Bedtime Routine for Your Baby

Are you ready to help your baby have smoother sleep at night?

Do you wish your baby would sleep longer stretches?

If so, you are not alone!

With so many different methods sleep training methods to consider, it can be overwhelming trying to get your baby on a schedule. So I want you to throw out the concept of a sleep training method and just focus on this one foundational element: a peaceful bedtime routine.

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An Overnight Visit with a Postpartum Doula + Newborn Baby

Overnight care is one of our most popular services here at Doulas of of Long Beach! Do you keep hearing about your friends or co-workers who’ve hired overnight support with the help of a postpartum doula, baby nurse or newborn nanny and are curious what exactly this kind of support looks like? 

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Your Doula is an Investment

You’ve finally gotten your partner on board with your plan to hire a doula. You’ve shared about all the wonderful ways that a birth and postpartum doula will support your entire family. You’ve even set up some a consultation with us to find the right doula for you.

But then your partner starts expressing some hesitancy about the cost…

“Why is it so expensive?”
”Is a doula worth the money?”
”What if we don’t need the support in the end?”

In all honesty, this is the number one form of resistance we hear, especially from spouses or partners. And we get it. Having a baby isn’t cheap and finances ultimately play a large role when deciding what kind of support you have before, during, and after the birth of your baby.

So let’s talk about it. Let’s talk about why doula support costs what it does and the intrinsic value of doula services.

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Calling All Sleep Deprived Parents

There's no way to sugar coat this... YOU NEED SLEEP. A lot of it... like yesterday. 

And if you need more sleep then there’s a good chance that your baby does too!

How do we know this? Because we work with parents like you every day.

We’ve been professionally trained to new parents and to help you get the sleep you need. Every day we see you, out running errands with your baby. We see the exhaustion in your eyes. We see the emotions on your face: irritation, frustration, guilt, anger, jealousy, sadness, anxiety, and fear.

We see you struggling and we are here to help.

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You're Pregnant, Now What?

You've peed on the stick. You've seen the plus sign. You've freaked out with your spouse, your family and your friends. It's finally sunk in: you're going to be a parent! As the excitement abounds so do the nerves, the questions, and the what ifs. You start to do some research and get overwhelmed with the impending decisions...

What childbirth class should I take?
What hospital should I birth at?
How do I create a birth plan?
What baby gear should I register for?

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