What you need to know about sleep shaping

Sleep shaping is one of our favorite tools to help new families while we help them as Postpartum Doulas or as they adjust to life with a newborn. We have spoken a lot about normal newborn sleep patterns, what to expect in your first few weeks with a newborn. Life with a newborn can be challenging and full of unknowns, but when parents have a better idea of what to expect and how to be better prepared.

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How Winchester Families are Getting Sleep with a Newborn

Understanding what to expect when it comes to babies, sleep and the first few months of parenting is key to not feeling overwhelmed or like you are doing something wrong. I think the most common questions new parents get about their baby is, “How are they sleeping?”. Most of society has forgotten what it is like with a newborn or that most babies (basically 99%) of them sleep like normal healthy newborns when you first bring them home.

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Settling in Once You Arrive At the Hospital in Labor

You park and finally make it to the labor and delivery room doors and you sit ( or stand if you’re laboring intensely) to check in! Maybe you have a Doula there helping you manage contractions while your partner checks you in and helps you answer the questions. She occasionally rubs your back or applies counter pressure to keep you comfortable while you manage between the excitement and questions.

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Preparing for Breastfeeding in Pregnancy

If this is your first baby and you have not been around a lot of folks who are breastfeeding or pumping, breastfeeding might seem like a wild unknown to you. This blog will focus on helping those who want to breastfeed, prepare to breasteed in pregnancy.

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Bettering Newborn Care for Alexandria Families

Bringing families in Alexandria exceptional newborn care has always been one of our greatest accomplishments. We think that every family should have at one point, for at least one day or one night have some care for their family in their home to help them enjoy their postpartum recovery.

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Doulas Do Not Replace Partners

Doula support is invaluable and we talk about it often, the evidence on Doulas is out and in support of Doulas. Families seek birth doulas to help them achieve their birth goals, feel grounded during the process, and have access to IN THE MOMENT, valuable information to help you make choices and navigate birth.

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Overnight Newborn Care for Aldie Families

Bringing home a baby or two after welcoming them to your family can be a big transition. Giving birth is no joke either, you need time to recover and you may or may not have a long maternity leave, limited family around, or family that cannot help exactly how you need.

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Safe Sleep and How We are Getting Serious About It

However, we feel it is important at this time to reiterate our standards and commitment to safe sleep for families. While we always discuss safe sleep practices with our clients and follow them while we are there, we will be adding stronger language into our postpartum contracts to ensure that while our specialists are in your home AAP Guidelines for Safe Sleep must be followed unless signed off by a pediatrician.

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When do I Start Timing Contractions in Labor?

Timing contractions is basically a rite of passage for parents, it signals the official start of labor, and it means that in the next 4-20 hours you will be holding your baby in your arms, for the first time. ** Just a note, this post is geared towards first time parents, timing contractions for their first time ever**

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