It Takes A Village
There are so many trained professionals that can help you during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and beyond.
Midwives: In most of Europe and Asia, midwives handle the majority of births, and the use of midwives in the U.S. has tripled in recent years.
Birth Doulas: Lower c-section rates, fewer interventions, and greater satisfaction are just some of the benefits of birth doulas.
Childbirth Class: A great childbirth class can build confidence, decrease fear, and give you the tools you need for childbirth.
Postpartum Doulas: More than an extra set of hands, these are basically baby whisperers who help you and your baby find a rhythm at home.
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Overnight Doulas & Night Nurses: Baby whisperers who help you all get more sleep, and teach you amazing tricks along the way.
Mental Health Support: 1 in 5 women suffer from postpartum mood disorders like postpartum depression, anxiety, or PTSD.
Physical Therapy: Pelvic floor rehab can help with incontinence, hip and back pain, core strength and more, before and after birth.
Breastfeeding Class: 92% of new mamas struggle with breastfeeding. Start preparing before baby arrives by taking a class.
Lactation Consultants: Many insurance plans cover home visits or office visits with a lactation consultant. Call yours to find out.
Infant Sleep Experts: If baby isn't sleeping well, you're not sleeping well. Sleep consultants can help you all sleep better.
Newborn Care & CPR Class: Sometimes called "baby boot camp", you cover the basics of caring for your newborn.
Chiropractors: Techniques like the Webster Method can help prepare for an easier birth by aligning your pelvis so you can open and dilate.
Acupuncture: Whether you're trying to conceive, prepare for delivery, or recover from birth, acupuncture can help.
Acupressure: To help get labor started or for coping with labor contractions, some turn to the benefits of acupressure.
Massage Therapy: Whether prenatal, during labor, or postpartum, massage can help with pain, muscle tension, and overall stress relief.
New Parent Groups: Often organized by a hospital or birth center, meet people with babies the same age, and often form friendships for life.
Group Fitness Classes: Whether prenatal yoga or baby-and-me workouts post-birth, there are lots of safe and motivating workout options.
Personal Trainers: There's nothing like one-on-one coaching and accountability. Find someone who's trained in pregnancy and postpartum.
Nutritionists & Dietitians: Sustaining another human, in your belly or with your milk, requires a nutrient-rich diet of healthy, real foods.
Craniosacral Therapy: If your baby is having trouble breastfeeding, it could be related to stiffness, and specialized therapy can help.
Placenta Encapsulation: Some people eat or drink their placenta as a way to nourish and replenish their bodies after childbirth.
Cord Blood Banking: Some people bank cord blood in case it matches their need for stem cells in the future, or can help another family.
Fertility Treatments & Clinics: Whether IVF or the many things to try first (dietary changes, thyroid health), experts can help if you're TTC.
Did you know that in most of Europe, new moms get home visits from nurses and doulas after being discharged from the hospital? And in France, it's standard to go to physical therapy to recover from pregnancy and childbirth? And in much of Asia, women do what's called a "sitting in month" and barely leave the house while family makes sure the new mom has time to rest and recover? So will you re-think your plans and your village? Give yourself space to get (more) help?
At Soshe, one of our goals is to help connect new and expecting moms with the top-rated, most-recommended professionals who can help them adjust, recover, and thrive. Are you interested in connecting with people who are looking for services like yours?