The time following the birth of a new baby is both wonderful and challenging. The presence of a newborn intensifies the awareness of the miracle of birth, the joy of family and the demands on parents.
It is a time of change, growth and learning for everyone in the family.
A little extra care and encouragement for new parents during this time can be especially valuable. Mothers, especially, deserve to be cared for and nurtured as they embrace and discover a new season with a new little one. This phase of indulging yourself in extensive time with your infant is your baby moon. It is a time to recover from birth, get to know your newborn and enjoy a new beginning in your family.
Include a labor doula and a postpartum doula in your early parenting plans to provide support for yourself and your family.
Consider giving yourself and your family the gift of a planned and acknowledged baby moon. Plan to spend the early weeks and months with as much time together as a family as possible. Recruit extended family and friends in advance to prepare meals, do grocery shopping and run errands. Have the freezer stocked with prepared and easy to reheat meals. Interview and consult with a labor doula and postpartum doula. Consider hiring one to care for you and your family during this special time.
A thoroughly indulged in baby moon helps facilitate a healthy transition for parents. It allows increased time for bonding between mother and baby and improves breastfeeding success. It creates added time for parents to assist older siblings to adjust to a new role. It can be just plain delicious for everyone in the family.
Every new mother deserves the best company during her baby moon!
We are here to make sure you get that good company, whether it's with us in person, online, or with those people available to you in your extended family or current community. We want to help you set up the best possible start in your new role as a new mama. We think establishing and relishing a baby moon is a great way to begin your parenting journey. Like a honeymoon, only it's a babymoon. You may never pass this way again and certainly not with this baby. This relationship is for a lifetime. Everything you put into it up front will benefit it always.
Enjoy your new baby!
Doulas provide support to mothers and families during labor and during postpartum while a family is adjusting to parenting an infant. We can help. Learn how. Visit our about us page.
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In the sheltered simplicity of the first days after a baby is born, one sees again the magical closed circle, the miraculous sense of two people existing only for each other.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Click here to go to the CDC to read information regarding pregnancy, breastfeeding and Covid-19.
For guidance from La Leche League USA click here to read.
For the ILCA statement on support during the Covid-19 pandemic click here.
For La Leche League International online resources click here.
For information from the Human Milk Banking Association click here.