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New Episode of Prince Lionheart’s Toolbox series: Instagram Live Q&A with @inthistogetherdoula
April Kerwood from InThisTogether:
April has been called many things. Postpartum Doula. Parent Educator. Motherhood Consultant. Support Boss. Mama, Babies and Boobs Whisperer. Essential Family Support Person. Angel from Heaven was a fun one. Mom Cheerleader. Certified Lactation Counselor. April started this work determined to see each of the mothers confident and clear about their ability to mother their children. She has over 25 years of experience in infant and child care and child development. April holds both undergrad and Masters' degrees in Education. She is a DONA trained postpartum doula and an Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice, Certified Lactation Counselor.
What does a doula do?
There are two different kinds of doulas. A birth doula supports you during labor and delivery and a postpartum doula lends a hand and offers knowledge and support once you bring your baby home. A postpartum doula is a professional, trained to work with a new mother through the period after birth and here to support with any challenges a new mom may face.
How do I know if a doula is right for me?
Once you start reaching out to local doulas, find out what their strengths are and see if those would serve and support you during your pregnancy and postpartum journey.
When should women consult a doula?
The sooner the better but most of my clients come to me around 19-20 weeks pregnant.
What are the top 3 tips you can give to someone who is preparing for postpartum?
First, set your boundaries, especially the first couple days after giving birth. Make sure to respect your body’s boundaries and give yourself some time to heal. Do not feel like it is up to you to invite all your friends in the first week of having your baby. Take some time for yourself; it is a big transition. Keep your circle small in the first couple of days. Secondly, get educated about what babies actually do during the first year. Babies go through a lot of changes in the first 12 months. Do not feel like you have to read every single baby book, but maybe research a little bit until you feel prepared enough to take your baby home. Last but not least, wing it the best you can! Your job is to welcome your baby and let them tell you who they are.
What do your clients say?
A lot of clients tell me how amazing it is nowadays that mothers can get this kind of support. Someone who comes to your home after the baby is born and helps you figure out all the little challenges. This generation is better at admitting that motherhood is hard. Generations before thought differently; women thought that they have to put on a smile and just suffer through all the challenges alone.
How do you know that your work is done with a client?
When I get less and less questions from my clients, and they grew more confident in taking care of their little ones until they do not need me anymore.