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.