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Postpartum doulas can be magic at getting newborn babies to sleep… and sleep well! We have a lot of tricks up our sleeve and have advanced training on healthy and safe infant sleep. We have also received calls from many desperate parents who are hitting the edge of sleep deprivation. Here are some ways ABC Doulas can help your family, based on the age and stage that you are experiencing.
What to expect
FIRST WEEKS HOME
You bring home a baby (or twins!) and are wiped out after the birth and hospital stay. Doulas can come to your home day or overnight and help you stay in bed while stuff keeps getting done. Baby care, laundry, dishes, and even food prep can be done while you are in bed. We can provide lactation support for those early days, and make referrals if you need to see other specialists. For sleep support with brand new babies, we recommend some daytime visits so we can go over some options for better sleep for everyone. It is easier to learn new ideas during the day when your brain is more awake.
Overnight care is available during this time as well, both for moms who have limited mobility after a surgical or difficult birth, or just for parents who are pushed beyond their max with sleep loss. (If you have questions about overnight support check out our FAQ page.) Every bit of your doula support will be geared towards your goals for feeding and sleep.
Babies during these weeks are usually figuring out feeding more easily, so sleep becomes a huge focus. Doulas can help during this time through day and overnight visits, as in the early weeks, for continued recovery and the transition with partners often going back to work. We also offer a Newborn Consult - a 3 hour visited geared specifically to teach you all about your new baby, help problem solve with fussy times and sleep routines (hint, these aren’t super clear at this stage but you can plan for more later). These consults can also be a time of experimentation on new ways to support a fussy baby. Purchase a consult in our online Shop.
In addition to continued doula support either day or night, doulas can also provide visits in the evening (4-7 pm ish) when babies are often the most fussy, which can help parents cope and have more peaceful nights. Problem solving is a big focus of doula visits at this stage as patterns are starting to emerge and often sleep is changing drastically. If you are anticipating the transition back to work, your doula visits can focus on helping get you organized for the changes ahead and planning for more sleep for everyone in the home.
For any of these options, head over to the and complete this questionnaire and we will work on sending more sleep support your way!
OVER 4 MONTHS
For babies over 4 months (adjusted age for premature babies), Cristie offers sleep consults in the home to help you get a sleep plan that fits your family’s needs. Many babies experience sleep regressions and disruptions which can stress the family. For babies up to 14 months, Cristie has been providing sleep guidance for many years with huge success resulting in a lot more sanity for parents! If you are interested in a sleep consult with Cristie, fill out our our Sleep Consult Form and Cristie will follow up with you directly to schedule. If you are curious and have questions about her gentle sleep consults, please check out the FAQ page or contact us to ask one not covered.
One of our most requested services is overnight care. This is typically an 8 hour block of time (often 10pm to 6 am) where we support more sleep for the whole family.
This can be arranged many different ways, but with the goal of healthy sleep for babies--and some restful sleep for parents--all while keeping your goals for feeding your baby first and foremost.
See our FAQ for further explanation for the way we approach overnight care, as doula care allows for a wide variety of ways to help parents recover from typical newborn baby exhaustion, as well as setting the stage for safe sleep for baby.