As a first-time mom, I have loads of questions on how I can best prepare myself for my new upcoming role in life. Although I get tips from many important women in my life, like from my mom, mom-in-law, grandmothers, and aunts, I still want some sort of structure on what I exactly have to do so I can minimize surprises due to my ignorance.
So, I signed up for the “We Have a New Baby, Now What?!” workshop offered by Pinay Doulas Collective, a group that provides emotional and physical support for pregnant women from birth to after-care. I’ve never really considered signing up for doula services not until I experienced a learning curve a few months ago that encouraged me to sign up for this support group.
Geared for first-time moms, this workshop is Part 2 of 2 sessions offered by the group; however, due to schedule conflicts, I had to attend Part 2 first. All sessions are scheduled on a Sunday.
Coverage of the workshop is as follows:
- What to expect for the fourth trimester and first 1,000 days
- Newborn appearance and newborn care
- Physical development for a healthier baby
- Brain development for a smarter baby
- Delightful sleep for baby, mommy, and daddy
- Care for the new mom (physical recovery, hormones, dealing with postpartum depression)
- Planning for your birth, postpartum, and breastfeeding
- Hands-on sessions on breastfeeding, infant bathing and massage, cloth diapering, and baby wearing.
After the workshop, I bought a baby carrier handwoven by the group’s partner community in La Trinidad, Benguet. It’s the perfect fit amongst all the options I’ve tried and I’m glad to have found it here! I even won an anti-stretch mark cream, and got to bring home hypoallergenic detergents, baby bottle and dishwashing liquids, and talc-free powders courtesy of the group’s sponsors.
It’s a Sunday worth spending all my time and road travel for. I can definitely say that first-time moms should consider attending a workshop like this as it eases out the stress and worry (a bit!). There’s still so much to take in and I already acknowledge that I may make mistakes along the way, but at least I know that I am doing my best to empower myself.
I’d like to end this post with this powerful quote from Pinay Doulas Collective:
You are the author of your own birth story, and you have the power to write it beautifully.
Have a blessed Sunday everyone!