Synchrony: The Dance Between Caregiver and Newborn.


It’s challenging for parents to figure out how to react to their baby’s changing state’s all ALONE. Raise your hand if you need or needed a newborn-parent “dance instructor” aka DOULA?!? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️


There is physical care involved—changing diapers, dressing, bathing, feeding, and more.


But it is the process of joining a baby’s rhythm—not just physically, but psychologically, in harmony—that is MOST important for creating a strong psychological foundation.


Psychologists have given this process many names: responsive care, attunement, and co-regulation.

As the baby is touched, or has skin-to-skin contact, or is fed, their nervous system is calmed, the biological clock organizes, and the vagal tone develops.


Responsive, loving, warm care in the first weeks and months of life can even turn on or off the genes that regulate a baby’s stress.


All parents will need deep support during this time to minimize stress and maximize joy. Some parents will need help synchronizing and benefit from some explicit coaching especially when parents are not used to navigating newborns.


As a postpartum doula, I dedicate myself to supporting parents during the early parenting journey, helping them identify and work with their baby’s rhythms, teaching them about their babies' alert states, sleep states, and emerging personalities. This saves parents a lot of stress from trying to figure things out ALONE.


Want a more harmonious dance for yourself, your partner and your newborn baby? Yes.️


Examine who you feel supported by and reach out for help. If you had your own professional guide to HELP you parent your newborn imagine how it would make you feel...


My clients are EMPOWERED and have a larger emotional capacity to respond effectively to their baby's growing demands because they themselves are nurtured, nourished and deeply supported. This creates more harmonious relationships within the family culture, with beneficial lifelong impacts.


Reach out right now @positivepostpartums for virtual and in-home support.

Email suzanna@positivepostpartum.org



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Natalie

 "I cannot encapsulate a better experience than having Suzanna as our doula...She was not only incredible support during postpartum but we also consider her a friend. She provided us incredible support with such a calm, empowering demeanor. She is also such an incredible resource and wealth of knowledge. We couldn't have made it the last three months without her, and every time she was away, we missed her (and still do)! If you are looking for postpartum support or a night nurse, Suzanna truly is a great person to have and we are so grateful to have experienced sharing post birth with her." -NW 2020

Emily

"Suzanna helped me through the beginning of a new phase of motherhood as a stay-at-home mommy of two. She coached me, helped me create and track goals to keep my brain focused, and provided an outlet for much-needed adult interaction in those first few months while everything was overwhelming and new. She was patient and kind, she listened to my opinions and concerns, and made sure that my mental health was a priority when I didn’t have the brain space to spend on it.

Suzanna is incredibly knowledgeable about pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, postpartum, and childcare; which was so helpful when I was exhausted, struggling with the changes my body had just gone through and had two little ones to look after on top of it all. It was life-giving having someone to care specifically for me and my mental health in this transitional time. It helped me become the best mom I could be." -2018

Lora

“We cannot even begin to express our sincere gratitude for Suzanna and her expertise. As first time parents (and first time mom of a now almost 7 month old!), my husband and I were unfamiliar with the role of postpartum doulas. She introduced us to incredible care centered on the recovering mom and needs of the brand new infant. Our daughter arrived a bit early, and was less than 5 lbs when we brought her home; she required a “triple feeding schedule” that resulted in almost 90 minutes of various forms of feeding followed by 30 minutes of rest...and repeat!  Needless to say, and despite so much love and support from our families, we were exhausted. Suzanna was truly a light in the haze of sleeplessness and new-parent uncertainty. Her unassuming and warm presence, calming words, as well as evidence-based, postpartum/breastfeeding knowledge were unparalleled. She skillfully guided us all through the early weeks of parenthood (and with COVID looming). We recommend her services to all!” -2020