Planning for Postnatal
Taking time to prepare for the early days and weeks with your baby
It is really easy to get caught up in the all the pregnancy and birth information.
You are probably still getting to grips with all the changes pregnancy brings and the information you need to absorb about appointments, tests, your changing body and the birth.
It means we sometimes lose sight of the fact that birth isn't the end of this story!
The Planning for Postnatal session is the time and space to work through some ideas to make your recovery smoother and your adjustment to life with your baby a little easier.
Together I will help you to think about your priorities for the postnatal period, how you would like it to look and what you can do now to ensure you are able to rest, recover and adapt in the way you choose.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a postnatal plan?
In many cultures it is important to take time to recover from pregnancy and birth. For up 42 days postnatally you would stay at home (staying in bed for a week or two) and be cared for by female relatives and friends. Many cultures have their own traditions to help you heal and have time to settle with your new baby. With foods or massages, you are pampered and cared for as your body recovers and you start this new journey with your baby, with time to get feeding established and get to know each other without the worries of the household. We have moved far from many of these ideas and live in a time and place where people take pride in how quickly they are in the supermarket or doing a school run with a baby only a few days old. Together I will help you to think about your priorities for the postnatal period, how you would like it to look and what you can do now to ensure you are able to rest, recover and adapt in the way you choose. Doing this in pregnancy means you are able to prepare pratically and physically for this time and have support in place rather than managing it whilst you are recoveri
What will we cover?
The agenda is yours, if there are any specifics you want to discuss we will have time to do so. Typically we cover; practical household support practical physical support for your recovery practical support for caring for your baby emotional support food and nutrition visitors - who and when caring for a newborn, expectations vs reality relationships specifics for your family - older siblings, pets, other family members
What is the cost?
The Postnatal Planning session can last up to 2 hours and take place at your home (check I can get to you!) or online. At your home the cost is £65 An online session is £50 If you require me to do any research and follow up sessions this can be agreed as appropriate. After the session you will receive an emailed a summary of our discussions and can complete your own written plan if you choose.