For expecting parents, the days after your baby is born stretch ahead like a blank expanse. You probably have some idea or hopes for what it will be like, and perhaps some war stories shared by friends who have kids. But overall, it's a bit of a mystery. And then, suddenly, you're on the other side with a new human and it's nothing like you expected. The good parts are unimaginably blissful, and the hard times are beyond what you ever thought you could endure. Nothing can really prepare you for the intensity of the postpartum period, and that can feel scary and lonesome.
But know this: you are not alone.
Isolation is one of the toughest parts of parenting in America. When you're alone with questions, and a new baby whose life has been entrusted to you, it's daunting. Our mission as postpartum doulas is to build a bridge of support for new families, to help you find your own strength and capacity, but even doulas have to go home sometime. We want you to know that you are never truly alone in this parenting endeavor. You are surrounded by love and community, even in the dark, wee hours. To that end, we have launched a new project for this year, with a focus on sharing stories from the postpartum zone: good things, hard things, mundane moments. And, because we are passionate about our work, our stories talk about how postpartum doulas can support families in many different ways. Every family deserves postpartum support.
We are so excited to share the first installment in our New Family Stories this February. They are compiled and written by the talented and brilliant Kari Hastings. Please let us know what you think, what you want to hear about, if you'd like to share your own story. We would be so honored.