After the birth of my granddaughter, I spent a great deal of time traveling back and forth between my home and the home of my daughter. The first three months after birth is a very special but exhausting time. I wanted my daughter and her husband to get the right amount of rest and nutrition needed to help them enjoy the care of their baby. I helped them understand their infant's cues and helped work through breastfeeding and bottle feeding issues. I realized that learning how to care for an infant doesn't always come naturally and, I was amazed at how much I had forgotten over the many years since I was a new Mom. I decided to train with DONA International and became a certified postpartum doula so I could continue to help young new mothers, like my daughter. I also hold a Postpartum Support International certificate of completion in Maternal Mental Health: components of care training.
In today's world, new parents don't always live close to their family. Grandparents often live far away or have a busy life of their own and are not always available to help as much as might be needed. A young mother can find herself feeling alone, isolated, and unsure.
It was a fun and rewarding time as I watched my daughter and her husband become the loving and wonderful parents they are today! I'd like to help you adjust to your "new normal" and be an important part of the postpartum experience you have in the months ahead.
Carol Lee, PCD (DONA)
Carol Lee, PCD (DONA)
My husband Rick and I live in Greensboro NC. I have worked in the world of medicine for all of my adult life. My background includes hospital radiology, orthopedic care experience, urgent care experience and medical office practice administration. After I retired, I found I still needed to stay busy. I love being a grandparent and spending time with our grandson Henry (5 years old) and granddaughter Hadley (2 years old). As a postpartum doula, I've enjoyed helping young couples and families adjust to their "new normal". Every new family deserves the opportunity to get off to a wonderful fun start. A new mother needs to be mothered. I like mothering the rest of the family too. Even Dads need a mother to help them adjust.