Birth is not just a physical event. As our bodies heal in the following months from delivery, so do our minds.
There is much to process after baby is born. We continue to process our pregnancy, the stages of labor, delivery (and sometimes the complications that we associate), the journey to feed our baby-- all while our bodies heal, hormones shift, and sleep deprivation sets in (and we mentally process that too! We’re amazing).
The best way to evolve through this complex experience is through talking to someone who is equipped to listen and (when necessary, which is not all the time) provide insight.
Depending on the complexity, us doulas will sometimes refer families to a doctor. We do this when we recognize signs of anxiety, OCD, and depression. I most often see these when a mom has not had the opportunity to process her birth or there remains unresolved feelings of inadequacies, failure, isolation, and disappointment—anything outside of the normal baby blues.
To squash these feelings before they happen (and sometimes talking is enough prevention), It's important to schedule time with a postpartum doula.
The benefits to scheduling time to process your birth
Resolves feelings of inadequacies and failure
Let's you be heard and not judged
Allows you to gain valuable insight into ways/options you can heal (rebirth, skin to skin, etc)
Could potentially free you of negative feelings attached to delivery
What that time looks like varies from client to client. To learn more, give the Modern Doula a call.