Postnatal support options
practical and emotional support for new parents
Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby!
Becoming new parents can be a time of pure joy and complete chaos; you can feel isolated and challenged by your new bundle of joy!
Often new parents can feel overwhelmed and exhausted in the early weeks, I find there is almost too much information online, leaving parents feeling confused and daunting their maternal instinct.
Many new parents are expected to cope alone and muddle their way through those first few months of being new parents with very few role models or family living close by to give you that practical and emotional support!
As an experienced early years practitioner, maternity nurse (non medical), breastfeeding support volunteer and infant sleep consultant, I can help you adjust to your new baby/babies providing you with the support, care and guidance you need.
What is Postnatal Support ?
- Ensuring mums are cared for after giving birth, providing emotional and physical support,
- Guidance and support on breast or formula feeding;
- Helping parents to understand their babies communication cues;
- Helping parents understand appropriate routines for sleep and feeding;
- Guiding parents with all baby’s basic needs such as: bathing, dressing, settling and soothing techniques, allowing mum to get some much needed rest either in the day or night.
- Help on a wide range of parenting issues, such as: establishing feeding, breast, bottle or combination feeding, night support, reflux and digestive issues, establishing a flexible routine, general baby care, settling issues, baby weaning onto solid foods, cooking for baby, potty training support, and emotional support.
Why is there a need for Postnatal Support?
In an ideal situation your extended family would be able to provide much needed practical support during your time as new parents, but often the modern family may not have the luxury of family living close by or the overall network support system. The old African proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is very true; therefore many new mums or dads find themselves feeling isolated and lacking support.
Evidence shows that providing the right care and support in the early transition to parenthood can have a long term effect on the health and wellbeing of women and their partners.
New parents often have no previous experience of newborn babies until they hold their own! This can be an unsettling and frightening experience, as new parents lack confidence.
As a postnatal maternity practitioner I will come to your home, either during the day for a few hours or at night, offering you practical support and equipping you with the skills, and routines you need to help you feel confident as a parent.
What are the Advantages of PostNatal Support?
With the help and support of an experienced maternity practitioner the new mum can avoid the pressure of rushing back into normal day-to-day activities. She will have time to rest and recover after giving birth, enabling her to bond with her baby or babies.
Evidence shows having the right postnatal support can improve breastfeeding rates, reduce postnatal depression, and ease the transition into parenthood and boosts confidence.