Leah came to us as a postpartum doula when our son was about 6 weeks old. I had an emergency c-section 5 weeks early and had many medical complications post birth that left my husband doing much of the round the clock care for our son, as well as working full time and caring for me. Leah came in at a time that we were both exhauted and feeling a little lost, as we hadn't been able to get into a good routine for ourselves and our older son as well, and breastfeeding for me was challenging and only partial because of my complications. Leah came in for five overnights and one daytime visit, and we can honestly say she saved us at a really trying time. Overnights she would come in and feed and care for our son overnight, and then bring him to me to nurse first thing in the morning. This allowed us to get some rest (especially my husband), but also helped me to build my supply (to what is now a fully breastmilk baby) in a gentle and caring way that worked with my medical issues. Not only did she do all this, she also folded herculean amounts of laundry at the same time and baked amazing treats for breakfast. The daytime visit I found especially helpful, as my husband was away on a work trip and she came in and provided both company, invaluable help for baby, and actually helped me feel like I achieved something in the day (we sorted baby clothes into sizes). This daytime visit was somewhat transformative for me, it was the first time i'd really talked to anyone about the things that led up to a traumatic birth, and it made me feel like I really could cope for the first time since the birth. Despite not knowing Leah well at that point, she was easy to talk to and interested and caring in her responses. We both felt well looked after and needed the "reset" that Leah provided for us. We wish we could have done more visits, but even the few we had were so invaluable, and I think it would have taken us so much longer to feel comfortable at home without her.
May 06, 2018