safeguard the very early days
You can protect the early moments with your newborn by restricting company in the first few days after birth. This precious time can be reserved especially for you to get to know your new arrival, catch up on rest, and to get those important early feedings under your belt. You can stay in your pajamas and post a note on your door to explain why you might not be answering, or to please keep their visit short while you get to know your new little one.
At the same time, try not to feel shy asking for or accepting offers of help that you could really use. You can think of it as something you're doing especially for your baby! Food drop-offs are always the most welcome. A family member or friend may ask if you need anything from the store or if they could walk your dog for you. Be creative and ready with an idea or two if someone inquires.
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reflections of a postpartum doula