A support system in the postpartum time can be the missing link between an empowering experience and a disconnected one. The 4th trimester is there to make us feel capable and confident in our new role.
With my clients, I guide them through 6 categories for support in the postpartum:
And the one I want to focus on in this post is “Resource”
A resource list is something you begin to compile and put together during your pregnancy. It's the list of people, organizations, clubs, or networks that can help support you physically and mentally. It's the kind of thing you DON'T want to be googling at 2 am when you're five days postpartum and just picking the first person that has paid for an ad to be on top of the google search! Spending some time before you give birth to research and ask your community who they recommend will help you in making sure you get the best of the best. The best-case scenario is that you never need to contact anyone, because everything is going well, but if something pops up and you need support, then you have your list already! It also helps to empower your partner, by having all this put together, they too don't need to do any googling at 2 am, they can just call ahead and book your appointment. I'm all about empowering the birthing person but ALSO the partner.
My top 5 to have on your Postpartum Support team:
1. Lactation Consultant
A location consultant will help you not only with checking out baby's latch if there is any tenderness or soreness to the nipples, but also with feeding positions that are best for the baby and YOU! They can offer advice and answer all questions about milk, pumping, milk storage, tongue ties, mastitis, pain, or just general confusion! Many of us first-time parents have never fed a baby nor perhaps seen anyone feed a baby. This can be confusing, and having someone there to cheer you on and support you will increase your probability of breastfeeding for the first year if that's what you choose.
2. Pelvic Floor Therapist
Honestly, a pelvic floor therapist should be mandatory like a post-birth check-up. And in some countries like