Unfortunately babies don’t come with a manual. What they do come with is you.

 

Postpartum doula Perth – for support beyond birth

Those early days of parenthood can be both magical and overwhelming. Heart-warming and terrifying. Full of joyous highs and sleep-deprived lows.

They are days of transition. Transition from pregnancy to parenthood. From ‘me’ to ‘mum’.

 They are the days when we need more support than ever before. When we truly need that village. Yet they are often days when we get less than a fraction of the support we need. Instead, the expectation can be that we just ‘get on with it’.

 Imagine, instead of the isolation, overwhelm and stress all too often associated with bringing home your new baby, you come home to a safe, supportive environment.

One that supports your transition to your role as a mum (or mum to more)  – without feeling like you have left your whole self behind.

Are you ready to start you journey to parenthood feeling connected and supported?

Let the village come to you

I’m Kate Vivian and as your postpartum doula, I will be a part of your village.  Supporting you as you find your path through the early days of parenting.

I will help you tap into your inner Mum. The one that you know is in there – the one that ultimately knows what is best for you and your baby. And, sure, you won’t always make the ‘right’ decision, but nobody does. But every step along the path is helping you and your baby become the ultimate team.

If you are looking for all the answers, I am not the postpartum doula for you. I can’t give you all of the answers. Why not? Because even after having three babies of my own – I simply don’t’ have all of the answers. And because every baby, just as every Mum is different. And what works for me won’t necessarily work for you.

What I will do is support you as you find the best answers for you and your baby.

‘I love how supportive you are of everyone’s choices.’

Cat Irvine

 ‘Kate is warm and approachable and flexible in her approach’

 Betty Parsons

How I work with you as your postpartum doula

-As a Mum of three I know that every baby is different and the support you need with your baby will be different from your friend or sister. Or even different to your older kids. Because of that every session I offer is different and is tailored to what you need. During your pregnancy I will visit you to help you create a dynamic and flexible plan for your first 40 days.

Once baby arrives my visits might include; 

  • birth debrief
  • a safe space to talk, make your own decisions
  • support finding your village
  • comforting touch massage (non-therapeutic) for Mum and instructions on baby massage for parents to use on baby
  • relaxation and meditation techniques
  • gentle ways to reconnect with your body and pelvic floor
  • belly binding support
  • help with meal and snack prep
  • help understanding your baby’s cues
  • general breastfeeding or bottle feeding support
  • looking after your other children (or looking after baby while you spend quality time with your older ones)
  • hanging out with bubs at the shops/hairdressers/beauty therapist so you can get your much- needed retail therapy/haircut/ massage
  • a listening ear (from someone who doesn’t mind folding your washing)
  • someone to bring you tea/coffee/snacks so you can relax or focus on baby
  • holding bubs so you can actually drink that tea or coffee while it is still hot. Or so you can have a shower without constantly thinking you can hear bubs crying
  • no judgement – you will work out what’s best for you and your baby

Imagine me like your bestie, mum and that aunt who isn’t really your aunt all rolled into one – without any of the ‘you should be doing this’ or ‘you’re spoiling that baby’.

Beyond birth value package - $797

  • 1 prenatal visit to work out your postpartum plan (and birth preferences if you wish) (1 hour)
  • 3 home visits (2 hours each)
  • Access to my monthly Mum’s circles for 6 months (commencing February 2020)
  • 6 part e-series ‘Thriving as a new mum’
  • Indiviualised self-care gift
  • On-going phone and email support for 6 months

Beyond birth value plus package - $1197

  • 1 prenatal visit to work out your postpartum plan (and birth preferences if you wish) (1 hour)
  • 5 home visits (2 hours each)
  • Belly binding and self-massage care kit
  • Access to my monthly Mum’s circles for 6 months (commencing February 2020)
  • 6 part e-series ‘Thriving as a new mum’
  • Indiviualised self-care gift
  • On-going phone and email support for 6 months

Why I wish I had a postpartum doula

I have always been fiercely independant, rarely asking for help from anyone. And before the birth of my first baby, I thought I would cruise into motherhood, doing life as I normally do and take everything in my stride.

My baby had other ideas.

She was a non-sleeper and we had a hell of a time feeding.

I wasn’t prepared for the overwhelm. For the exhaustion. For the lack of support. And for the judgement. Oh, so much judgement on what felt like every decision I made.

Two more babies later and I know the importance of being supported through those early days. And of coming into your own as a Mum. Trusting your intuition and instinct.

I work with Bright Mums, just like you, because Mums matter.

Kate Vivian childbirth educator Perth
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