After the birth of your baby, you may feel ways you never imagined. The postpartum period is a time of daily (and nightly) contradictions. On one hand you are overwhelmed with joy, love, and closeness to your new baby but at the same time you may feel sadness, loneliness, and complete exhaustion.
All of this at the same time is completely normal because of what you have just endeavored physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually. Bringing a new human into the world is no easy task and sorting through all the advice from friends and family can be the most frustrating and alienating experience you ever have. Biologically, your baby is not in a place where s/he can or should be independent. There is no one right way to parent. There is no magic answer.
As a postpartum doula, I listen to your wants and needs. I consider what is important to you and support you without judgement. I do my best to help you find balance while meeting your baby's needs. I care for not only your baby, but you. I am familiar with normal newborn behavior but also what is normal for a mother in the days and weeks following childbirth. Having an expert who is focusing on whole life balance after baby can build confidence and help you regain what is important in your unique life.
I offer a more holistic approach to infant feeding, sleep, and scheduling than a traditional baby nurse or sleep trainer, who's focus is solely on getting baby to 'sleep through the night' no matter what the cost. I am not an advocate of 'cry it out' but instead help to gently create a sleep environment that leads to healthy sleep habits. I help facilitate predictability in feeding and scheduling with a focus on bonding and following your instinct rather than a rigid schedule.
A healthy home can look many different ways for a family. It's up to you to decide what you are comfortable with and ultimately what works for your family. I am here to help you sort through that and support you in any way I can.
I would love to work with your family in the Dallas, Fort Worth area if you want a more gentle and loving solution than a sleep trainer or baby nurse. Contact me today to reserve your space.
Fort Worth Doula
Originally when I purchased my first TENS unit, I kept it in my bag for use on a case-by-case basis. On Christmas Eve of 2013, I had a client laboring with shooting back pains, I pulled out my unit and put it on her and it almost eliminated what she was feeling and she was able to cope again.
In February of 2014, I added 3 more units to my practice. The response for the last year has been overwhelmingly positive, so I have now purchased 2 more for a total of 6. I want to ensure that each of my clients has access to this innovative and risk free form of pain relief.
TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electronic Nerve Stimulation. You may have heard of or even used a TENS unit at your chiropractor's or physical therapist's office. The units I use are a little different. They are created and designed specifically for labor and birth and are only available in the UK. They are ordered in bulk because of high shipping costs so I have very limited opportunities to purchase more.
Elle Babycare TENS units use larger pads than typical TENS units to wrap around all the nerves in the uterus. The settings are created with contractions in mind, so there is a "BOOST" button for use during contractions. This feature is important because you don't want to have to adjust dials or fidget with a lot of settings to get relief during contractions.
TENS units work 2 ways in labor.
In addition to scientific reasons for the benefits of TENS units for labor, I find that my clients really like the feeling of control it gives them. The fact that there is a button that can be pushed when they have painful contractions has been a huge benefit. If my client decides she doesn't like the unit (which is extremely rare), she can simply take it off. If she does like it, it can be worn for hours on end. I recommend that as soon as a client realizes she is in labor, she take a warm bath to relax, apply the unit, then go to bed and rest up for the main event.
My clients love my TENS units and I am so excited to offer this service!! Contact me if you want more information on how to eliminate pain, raise endorphins, and feel more in control during your labor and birth with an Elle TENS unit and ME as your doula in the DFW, Texas area!
Fort Worth Doula
"I absolutely loved using the TENS unit during my labor. It helped so much during the time between contractions and then gave me a lot of relief during the actual contraction. I liked that you could choose the pulse and intensity. And, you have complete control with the remote!! Thank you Abbey for letting me use it!!! You are awesome!!"
I am so excited to start offering postpartum doula support to families in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. Imagine having an expert in infant care, feeding, sleep and a myriad of other baby care and postpartum issues that may present themselves. A postpartum doula brings experience and expert care with professionalism while respecting and fostering intimacy between mother and child.
My goal is to help families to have the smoothest transition possible with their new baby while respecting their unique dynamics. Postpartum doulas arrive with lots of tips and tricks without the judgement. They take pride in keeping up with accurate and current information and advice and support mother to parent in the way that works best for her.
I am available for daytime hours in five hour shifts as little as 1 day a week or as much as five...anywhere from 1-12 weeks postpartum. Alternately, I also offer ten hour shifts of overnight care as little as one day a week or as much as 5 days from 1-12 weeks postpartum. I can help you to schedule the perfect amount of support for you!
Prices vary depending on time of day and number of hours desired. I can't wait to start my 24/5 package...I will be rooming in with new mothers and babies for 5 whole days/24 hours as soon as they arrive home from their birthplace. Contact me as soon as possible to reserve your time since space is limited.
Abbey is a birth and postpartum doula and placenta specialist in Dallas/Fort Worth and a mom to 4 children between the ages of 21 and 7.