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Talking to your partner about what you need postpartum:

If you want to have the postpartum you dream of and deserve, then you need to have a conversation with your partner about it before your baby arrives. The sooner the better, so you have time to plan before the birth. This way, your partner is clear about what you want your postpartum to look like and he or she understands what you need from them. I suggest you sit down together, preferably when you can talk without interruption and talk about your postpartum needs for you and your family.

Sometimes mothers don't know what they want, either because it's their first baby so they have no or little idea what they want or need or just that they want it to be different than last time. The first baby and postpartum is often a shock for both parents. They think a baby will just fit into their life and not change it much. They usually know they will be a bit tired for a while and don't realize how much time and work one tiny baby takes. They planned for the birth but 'forgot' they're having a baby, not just a birth, so feel exhausted and overwhelmed without a village to support them. It takes more than two parents to care for one tiny baby. It takes a whole village to support you and your family after birth.

Just like other changes to your life, having a baby will change your relationship and life and you need to talk about it and plan for after your baby's arrival so you can enjoy this special time in your life. Start the conversation,so you can begin to plan the postpartum you need, whether this is your first or fifth baby.

As a postpartum doula, I support mothers after birth in Castlemaine and surrounds to get the rest, care and confidence they need. Contact me to book a postpartum planning session and we will work together to plan the postpartum you dream of and deserve.

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