When I found out I was expecting my 2nd in May 2010, I automatically was bombarded with a wave of emotions. How can I love someone else as much as I love my son? How would I manage my time with my son and this new baby? How will we afford another child with our already tight budget? When I discussed this with other mothers I soon realized that this was a common feeling; yet I never received one concrete method I could use.
When my daughter was born I was working at a job I really enjoyed and would be returning to after 3 months of maternity leave. Although the pay wasn't great, my work environment allowed me the flexibility to drive a short distance to nurse my daughter during lunch breaks and visit my son. Financially, it was only right that we move back in with my mother. Not only was that a financially sound decision but I received tremendous support. My son had a lot of attention from his grandmother and uncles while I spent quality time with my daughter and vice versa. As time went on, my son continued to suggest he wanted his own home. It got to the point that he refused to identify my mother's house as "his" home. Not only did we have to adjust with moving to a new place, we had to wean my family from the 24/7 access they once had. That was no small task I might add. But one of the most intricate lessons I learned while living with my mother for that short time frame was the importance of spending time with your family and yourself.
I now have a strict schedule in place that consists of a weekday and weekend routine. I strive to not feel overwhelmed with not feeling that I spend enough time with each child individually. What I am slacking off on is spending time alone especially now that we're expecting our 3rd child in May. On my daughters 2nd birthday she informed me that she's a big sister now. As random as that was, it painted a clear picture and brought me back to May 2010 when I found out I was pregnant with her. I'm going to be a mother of 3 & instead of the anxiety I once felt going from 1 to 2, I feel that I am now equipped to love our new addition quite fine. And honestly who could resist another one of these sweet faces?
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I am offering my services to the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas.
*During my certification process, I am providing doula services free of charge.*
Consultation: I am offering all consultations free of charge. I will be providing you with what my role of a doula is. Also this is when you can ask me questions and address any concerns you may have.
Communication: I will be available to provide unlimited communication via telephone and email. If you are having a medical emergency, please contact your health care provider or 911.
Prenatal visits: I will provide 2 prenatal visits. The 1st visit consists of working on your birth plan, following up on any questions that you may have about your birth. The 2nd prenatal visit consists of following up on the progress of your pregnancy, reviewing/revising your birth plan, and addressing any questions or concerns.
Birth: When you expect to be in labor it is your responsibility to contact me after you have contacted your health care provider. Once contacted, I will remain in communication with you until you let me know when you would like me to arrive. I am trained to provide multiple pain management techniques to assist you and your loved ones during labor and delivery. I DO NOT provide any medical services. After the baby is born I will remain with you for a few hours to assist you with any tasks you may need.
Breast feeding support: Immediately following delivery of baby, I will assist you with initiating breast feeding. With my experience as a Certified Lactation Counselor, I can provide further evaluations if complications arise. Also if you have any any complications in the future you can hire me as your private CLC (for a discounted price).
Postpartum visit: I will provide 1 postpartum visit to your home between 3-14 days after you deliver your baby. We will discuss your overall birth experience and follow up on your recovering. If you are in need of any referrals, I will be able to provide them during this visit or prior.
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