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The First 40 Days - Postpartum Doula
While you're holding your baby, who is holding you?
In our recent history, society has forgotten the importance of respecting the first 40 days. We grow our baby, birth our baby and then expected to bounce back to our pre-baby selves, with little (to no) support or initiation. While many countries and cultures around the globe continue to honour this time of great significance and as a passionate, postnatal doula, I would like to introduce clients to this precious period.
Becoming a parent for the first time, or welcoming a baby for the sixth time, is a huge moment in a your life and you deserve to feel special, supported and like the goddess you are. Time of rest, recovery, nourishment and being held should follow (known by several names including lying in, confinement period and the first 40 days). The postpartum period greatly supports maternal mental wellbeing, while allowing our glorious bodies time to rest & recover. This period also supports the establishment of breastfeeding/chestfeeding.
In the modern world we live in, 40 days of stillness, doing nothing and seeing no one is almost impossible to imagine, let alone execute – it’s absolutely ok to define your own length of confinement, that suits your unique family make-up. Aiming for 10 days as a minimum is a good place to start. However long you decide to spend in confinement, enjoy this precious time you get for yourself and with your newborn baby.
As your postnatal doula, we will have an opportunity to meet before your baby arrives (in person or virtually – you decide), and we will develop a personalised postnatal plan that is shaped to fit your needs.
During our get together, you will have the space to share your visions of your postnatal recover, what it means for you and your hopes for this truly special period of transitioning into parenthood. We can talk about anything you like – that time will be dedicated to you. I will be there to receive what you wish to share and impart the information I hold.
Included in my postpartum offerings:
- A safe space to talk and share thoughts, feelings, worries
- Guided Relaxations
- Belly Wrapping - we will discuss the important of support for the belly
- Nourishing Foods
- Nourishing Drinks
- Salts, Herbs & Oils
- Shoulder, womb and feet massage (like a loving Auntie - I am not specifically trained masseur)
- Light housework
- Support with older siblings
- 40 Day postpartum check-in to discuss your physical and emotional wellbeing.
Postpartum doula support services:
Are an investment of £30 per hour with a minimum of 10 hours per family. Each visit is for a minimum of 3 hours. Block booking discounts are available.
Postpartum planning session: We will get together before the birth of baby. During this session, we can discuss your current mindset around the postpartum period, how you would like your recovery to look, family & cultural traditions we can weave in, I will introduce my own knowledge of this sacred time and we will get to know one another at the same time. A two hour postpartum planning session is an investment of £30 for postnatal clients or £50 for a one-off session.
Traditional 40 Days Postpartum Package:
- Traditional Postpartum planning session
- Week 1: 4 x 3 hour visits
- Week 2: 4 x 3 hour visits
- Week 3: 3 x 3 hour visits
- Week 4: 2 x 3 hour visits
- Week 5: 2 x 3 hour visits
- Week 6: 1 x 3 hour visit plus traditional 6 week check-in before your GP 6 week appointment
The Traditional 40 Days Postpartum Package is an investment of £950
If you’re still unsure on whether hiring a traditional postnatal doula is for you, get in touch.