Birth Doulas offer support and a plan for your birth. You will have a support system of knowledgeable Doulas. If plan A doesn’t go as plan, don’t worry you and your Doula will have Plan B and C to ease into.
Doula care in the day offers a variety of helpful tasks. Doulas provide Mother and Baby care. Breastfeeding support, newborn education, household assistance, and allows Mom and Baby to rest. Baby Laundry, cleaning bottles/breast pump equipment, and ensuring safe sleeping are all included.
Nigh time Doula
Overnight care with a Doula helps mom rest and gain the energy needed. We provide breastfeeding support, help baby settle back down after feedings and diaper changes. Your night Doula will help set baby up for Sleep Success so baby will transition easily when its time to sleep 10-12 hours a night. Baby Laundry, cleaning bottles/breast pump equipment, and ensuring safe sleeping.
Can I have a Night and Daytime Doula?
You can. We offer both services. If booked in advance, we can offer same Doula for Daytime and Overnight care. We book up quickly, so call today to interview your Doula professional.
Birth Doulas offer support during your pregnancy and the birth. They provide a Birth plan catered to your family, a back up plan if pregnancy complications occur, and a clear state of mind while you are going through the birthing process.
Postpartum Doulas help keep the calmness after the birth. You will have lots of questions to answer, and you’ll have a friend by your side helping you decipher your options. Postpartum Doulas offer mom and baby support for the next few weeks. Helping you bond, get rest, and stick to your postpartum plan.
Your Night Nurse will get you the much needed rest you need after having a baby. We wake with your newborn(s), feed, burp, change diapers, snuggle, baby laundry, and sterilize bottles and breast pump equipment while you sleep.
Can I have the same Doula for all 3 needs?
You can. Interview with a Birth Doula today. Have the luxury of your trusted friend by your side from the beginning to end. Book a Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, or Night Nurse today! Out of the state or country? Not a problem, we travel.
What needs to be done before the baby arrives?
You never know when that baby will arrive. Start early, around 32 weeks. When you get your energy back. You don’t want to wait too long, not only will you be big, and tired, but your baby may arrive early. Don’t stress yourself out. Ask for help.
We will make this sweet and to the point.
Wash and put all clothes away.
Daily Baby Stuff
Make sure crib, diaper changing table and swing are put together. Diapers, swaddles, lotion, put in its place. Once baby arrives home, you will be too tired to do chores.
Pack Hospital Bag
Extra clothes, slippers, diaper wipes, blankets, breast pads, snacks, etc. All in arms reach after baby arrives. Keep it in your car, starting early on. Plan on breastfeeding? It doesn’t always go as planned. Have formula and bottles on hand just in case. You will want to do your research on formula and make sure you have the right fit for your family.
Freeze Healthy Meals
Have healthy meals prepped in your freezer for your family to heat up quickly. You may get lots of food from guests. Remember people don’t know your eating preferences as well as you do. Last thing you want to do, is stomach something you dislike.
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Being a new Dad can be scary, but the most rewarding feeling. There will be lots of things you didn’t know. You may feel unready or like this Dad thing wasn’t made for you. Good news is, all first time Dads are scared. Its very overwhelming at first. You will have many questions, don’t be afraid to ask. The hospital is a great learning time. Ask, ask, and then ask some more. Hospital staff has heard every question you could imagine.
We’ve heard it is the most beautiful thing to watch. It is, but be prepared to see the not so beautiful part about it too. Your love may pee or poo, there will be blood and stuff you didn’t know existed. Be understanding and helpful during this time. That beautiful woman of yours has a lot to worry about while birthing. Being embarrassed about normal bodily, birthing functions should not have to be one of them. Don’t bring up how gross, or light headed you were because she was going through something 100 times harder. Give her love and support. Tell her how beautiful and brave she is. Thank her for bringing your child into the world. Some significant others give a “Birthing Gift”. Just a heads up, you may cry like a little baby. It will give you tears of joy you didn’t see coming.
Baby’s need to burp after every feeding
Their wobbly heads make it hard to burp at first. Burping comes in many different positions. See which one works best for you. Have someone show you each way to burp and use the most comfortable to you. Spit up is very normal. Sometimes its seems like they spit up their whole feeding. It usually looks like more than what it is. If you feel they spit up excessively, talk to your doctor about GERD. Keep burp cloths handy. Keep baby upright 10-15 minutes after feeding. Keeping upright helps settle their tummy and should help with excessive spit ups.
Grab both ankles with one hand and clean bottoms and genitals with the opposite hand. Diapers can leak. Make sure you keep diapers snug to bodies to prevent leaking. Babies poo will be a dark black color, and tarry-looking for first few days. It will turn green and yellow earth tones when the meconium (sterile poo) has expelled itself from the intestines. Babies can poo several times a day. Its usually very evident when they need a diaper change. Faces and loud noises from that tiny body will surprise you.
Discuss with your wife if you will be using pacifiers or not. Some dads give pacifiers when left alone with the baby. Its a quick solution to crying in most cases. Sometimes pacifiers can cause nipple confusion. If your wife is planning on breastfeeding, make sure you and her discuss pacifier plan.
We all make mistakes when parenting. It happens, don’t be too hard on one another. First time parents should share things they learn, so they are on the same page. For example: My husband didn’t know babies shouldn’t have peanut butter before the age of one. We were scared and I was upset at first. Our baby is fine, no harm done (don’t try at home). We learned from it and tried to educate each other on bits we learned. Studies have varied since then so do your research. Help each other out and try to learn as much as possible in each month of your child’s development.
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Night Owl Nanny Care
We are excited to announce we have teamed up with an exciting and reputable company that takes mommy care to the next level. Baby+Co is a beautiful birthing center located in Wheat ridge, Colorado and through out the US.
This unique birthing center is an educated, and customized way to make a birth plan for your family specifically. Certified nurse midwives will guide you through your prenatal, labor and postpartum journey. Baby+Co accepts insurance plans just like a hospital.
The staff is friendly and fun, putting you at ease knowing you’re in the comfort of a friend. Baby+Co. have classes, and wellness support with other moms. You become a community, a team, a friend. Have questions or concerns? Join a tour, done weekly. The smiling faces at Baby+Co will help you understand their process and answer the unknown. This holistic approach is not for everyone, but we encourage you to find out if it could be for you.
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Night Owl Nanny Care
Night Nannies and Night Nurses for your newborn(s).