It’s hard enough to prepare for parenthood with a partner. Single moms face a host of unique challenges from pregnancy into early parenthood. So, it’s especially important to get the help you need every step of the way. That’s why doula support can be hugely beneficial!
Most people think of doulas just as labor companions, but the support that For Your Birth professionals offer spans a much longer timeframe.
How can doula support help single expecting parents?
Whether you love or hate being pregnant, it’s a busy and demanding time. That goes double for single moms. Between taking care of your own health, preparing for your due date, making a birth plan, putting together your medical team, and more, it’s an overwhelming to-do list.
A birth doula can help. She’ll meet with you for two prenatal visits, and make herself available to you 24/7 in the three weeks leading up to your due date. That means you get informed advice when it comes to:
· Choosing your doctor or midwife, and finding any other professional you may need. Doulas are well connected in the local community of birth professionals and can give you great recommendations if you want to find an acupuncturist, masseuse, or other health services.
· Drafting your birth plan, understanding the process of labor and birth, and preparing for different scenarios or interventions you may face during labor.
· Answering questions and reassuring you in the weeks leading up to birth if you’re feeling confused or overwhelmed.
No one should have to tend to all these responsibilities alone. With help from your doula, you can spend less time stressing and researching, and more time taking care of yourself and preparing for your new baby.
How can doula support help single moms during labor?
Doulas are trained to attend to whatever your unique needs may be when it comes to physical, emotional, and informational support. For partnered parents, that might mean they leave space for the mama’s partner to help. And for single moms, it means your doula can step in to provide the comfort and support you deserve. That might mean:
· Physically supporting you as you try different labor positions, or by giving you a massage.
· Logistically supporting you by taking pictures or a video; or getting you a blanket, birth ball, ice, or something else you need.
· Coaching you through contractions with guided breathing.
· Serving as an informed sounding board when it comes time to make medical decisions by reminding you of questions to ask or what your birth plan says.
How can doula support help new single moms?
The support that For Your Birth offers goes beyond pregnancy and labor. In the tiring and blissful weeks after your baby comes, you don’t have to face this new challenge alone. For Your Birth professionals include:
· Postpartum doulas who can help with cooking, cleaning, and other responsibilities so you can rest and focus on your new baby.
· Breastfeeding counselors to prepare you to feed your baby and overcome challenges.
· And even Pilates classes to help you feel physically strong and healthy! We also offer Pilates classes during pregnancy.
Mamas are strong, resilient people, and that is especially true of single mamas. But no one, not even a single parent, has to face the challenges of pregnancy, birth, and parenting a newborn alone.