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Should You Hire a Postpartum Doula?

The wonders of modern medicine mean that it’s now possible to plan the birth experience you want, whether that’s at home, in hospital or elsewhere. An increasing number of women are opting to include a doula as an integral part of their plans, because of the additional support that they can provide.

However, what many people don’t know is that doulas can continue to provide support for weeks after you have given birth. These are known as postpartum doulas and they have a unique set of skills.

The early weeks with a baby are wonderful – but they can also be difficult at times. Healing from the birth, sleep deprivation and all the challenges of being a new mum can really start to add up, which is where a postpartum doula can be invaluable.

What is a Postpartum Doula?

A postpartum doula is a professional who has specific skills and experience in helping during what is often termed “the fourth trimester” – the three months after giving birth.

Those first few weeks after the birth can be hard; even if you’ve been expecting a difficult time, it can still come as a shock. A doula can support you with emotional, psychological and practical matters, providing you with information and accessing resources as needed.

Some doulas are qualified to offer their services for both the birth and the postpartum period, while others specialise in one or the other.

Services a Postpartum Doula Provides

Unlike a nursery nurse, a postpartum doula is focussed on your needs and not just that of your new baby. Their goal is to help you and your family unit settle into a routine, offering support while you find a rhythm that works for you.

Some of the common ways a postpartum doula can help includes:
By the time your doula leaves, you should feel as if you have a plan on how to manage going forward and where to get help if needed.

Reasons to Use a Postpartum Doula

A postpartum doula is a huge help to new or first-time mums, but they are also invaluable to experienced parents too. During those early weeks, you will want to bond and enjoy spending time with your new baby; a doula provides essential help so you can do just that. Whether it’s keeping your older children entertained while you grab some much-needed sleep or helping with the housework, having a capable and experienced pair of hands is a real benefit. Even if you have a network of enthusiastic family and friends, a doula can offer something more. Providing accurate knowledge and information about baby care while helping you establish a routine gives you access to expertise that would be hard to find elsewhere. And of course, there may be times where you have thoughts or fears that you don’t want to share with loved ones; a doula provides a caring and compassionate shoulder, for whatever you need. This combination of practical help, emotional support and knowledge which is born out of hands-on experience, makes a doula very special. To find out more about how a postpartum doula could help you, get in touch today for a chat.
Contact details

contact@nadineann.co.nz

020 4095 7663

Capture those first couple of days of your babies life as in that haze of coming home you will also forget to take those lasting moments

Newborn photo session -
They change so quickly, before you know it they are asking for things on the top shelf

1-2 hour in home session.
This session is vital to happen within the first 10 days of your babies life to ensure we get those super sleep and cute images.
No set amount of images captured but you will receive all on a USB set to music with your choice.
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It’s about stepping into your private world and honouring the birthing goddess that you are.

Birthing photo sessions -
These photos will be the ones you treasure and hold dear to yourself forever

On call and ready for the birth of your baby 2 weeks before and after your due date.
Including the labour, birth and around 1hr postpartum.
90% of the images will be in black and white and 10% in colour
No set amount of images captured but you will receive all on a USB set to music with your choice.
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How often in our lives do we get to capture, in a beautiful loving way, the fact that we are growing a human inside of us?

About maternity
photo sessions

OMG YOUR PREGNANT!!! People often ask me why would I want this time of my life photographed? My answer is almost always the same, because how often in our lives do we get to capture, in a beautiful loving way, the fact that we are growing a human inside of us. What a huge accomplishment this is and I think too many people forget how great a gift that is!
My maternity sessions are always super relaxed it’s all about capturing where you are in your pregnancy and feeling great about it. Usually around 30-38 weeks is a great time as you have a beautiful round belly and start to feel super comfortable.
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Location

ANY LOCATION

Depending on what style you like I generally like taking the photos on location, in an environment that means something to you.

STUDIO LOCATION SET UP FOR INTIMATE PHOTOS

If you are after the more personal potentially naked images then I have a studio location set up in my home for this as well.

Offer

A good phone conversation discussing exactly what you are after for your photoshoot. This will be followed up with an email to make clear what you are after.
In studio at my house or yours, or on location (within 40km from Ferntree Gully)
1-2 hr photoshoot. I am not really fixed with times, ill be happy when I have all the photos I want
I have no minimum or maximum amount of Hi-Res images that I provide, depending on the photoshoot and the amount of dress changes will depend on how many. Either way you will end up with more than enough amazing images that you can print, post or view in any way you want.)
A short video with all of the images taken set to your choice of music.
Contact details

contact@nadineann.co.nz

020 4095 7663