Susannah offers assistance in creating a postpartum plan to support new parents living in Washington DC and Northern Virginia.
As a DONA Certified postpartum doula and a mother of two, I understand important it is to feel prepared so you can give your baby the best start in life. While the early days and weeks with a newborn baby are full of joy, love, and lots of excitement, it can also be some of the most challenging days of being a new parent. Bringing a baby home can feel especially overwhelming when you are unprepared. I also know how important it is to feel supported and cared for as you are learning to care for your growing family. Many expectant parents may not have a lot of experience with caring for newborn babies and may not have a realistic picture of what days will be like while caring for their newborn.
One of the ways to help be prepared is by preparing a postpartum plan before your baby arrives. A postpartum plan helps families create a plan for adequate support at home so the parents can focus on bonding and caring for their babies while the mother also is given the space and time to heal from her birth. To assist parents in creating a postpartum plan, I created Bringing Baby Home to help parents learn what to expect in those first days, weeks and months after the birth of their baby. I also provide help setting realistic expectations and offer local resources to help with the needed support for their family. By providing this class to families in the Northern Virginia area, I hope to set you on the path to start with confidence to care for your baby and have an easier first few months after your baby arrives.
Like many expectant and new parents, you may be feeling some of these emotions:
- “I had no idea how much giving birth would affect my body. It is taking me some time to feel back to normal physically.”
- “I feel like all I do every day is care for my baby. When am I supposed to get all of the stuff done around the house?”
- “I didn’t realize how tired I would be with such interrupted sleep.”
- “Some days I feel trapped under my baby. I wish I had some help so I could feel more independent.”
- “People keep offering me help but I’m too tired to think of what I need right now.”
- “Everyone wants to come over and visit with the baby. I just want someone to visit me and help me get a nap and a shower.”
Imagine, instead, that your mind is filled with these thoughts:
- “Having a plan allowed us to ensure we had enough support from our friends, family, and community.”
- “We were able to coordinate meals for several months after the baby arrived so all we had to do was heat stuff up. What a huge weight off of our shoulders. ”
- “I was so thankful to be prepared for what to expect in those first weeks. Each challenge was met with a plan. I felt ready and confident when facing each challenge. ”
- “Having the time and space to focus on my family instead of worrying about dishes, laundry, cooking, errands, and pet care really helped me relax into my role as a parent.”
- “I was able to keep a running to do list available to my visitors so I didn’t have to come up with things when people offered help. My visitors appreciated that they could help me and I appreciated it that I got the help I needed.”
- “When things didn’t go as planned, I have enough resources and a game plan in place so that I can get the help I need.”
- “I am more confident and able to care for my baby.”
So, you may be wondering what I will learn during this class.
In this two hour workshop we share how to write a postpartum plan that will help you prepare for the first days, weeks and months after your baby comes home. Topics include how to make sure you are caring for yourself, healing from the birth, getting enough sleep, having nourishing foods available for the family, planning for returning to work or staying at home, finding support in the home and among your peers, and more.
You deserve to have the information and support you need to bring your baby home with confidence and love.
Mother and partner are welcome to attend. Please indicate if you are bringing someone with you when you register so we can ensure we have enough materials and space.
6231 Leesburg Pike, #200
Falls Church, VA 22044
Back to Health Center
900 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22302