When I started offering services to families, it was to help growing families navigate their postpartum period. I myself had a difficult postpartum after my second baby, and this motivated me to offer the kind of after-birth care that was lacking in our community.
As time has gone on, I’ve had families contact me who truly need postpartum help and support, but cannot afford to pay the full fee for services. So we are working to remedy this problem.
The Importance of Postpartum Care
First, we should address the importance of postpartum care. While we’re all well aware that prenatal care is incredibly important for both mama and baby, postpartum support all too often gets pushed to the side.
Many people believe postpartum care to be unnecessary. After all, if the mother has delivered a healthy baby and is in good physical health herself, she should be good to go...right?
Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. In fact, an enormous number of women suffer from postpartum mental health problems such as postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. Not only that, but even those women who do not struggle with mental health issues are likely to find themselves drowning as they attempt to deal with enormous emotions while also bonding with their babies and helping their families adjust to the change.
Trying to juggle all of these things can feel overwhelming—even impossible. This overwhelm often leads to feelings of defeat, negative emotions towards baby and/or themselves, or a feeling of hopelessness.
Obviously, none of these are emotions a new mother should be dealing with. This is where good postpartum care steps in.
A postpartum doula can remove some stress by helping out around the house, holding baby while mama gets in some “me time”, and sometimes just talking things out with the new mother. She is there to help the family adapt and welcome their new member while establishing a new normal.
These things may sound simple, but they can make an enormous difference to a set of new parents who feel in over their heads, turning the situation around completely. This is why postpartum care is so very important.
What Nature’s Blossom Birth is Doing to Help
As mentioned before, my mission when jumping into the world of postpartum care was to offer new parents the help I so desperately needed when my second little one came along. I’ve been able to do this with great success for plenty of families in the OKC area.
Not only that, my business has grown from a single doula working on her own to an entire collection of well trained postpartum doulas, meaning we can now help more and more mamas, daddies, and kids adjust to the big changes a new baby brings.
That said, there are many families I haven’t been able to help as much as I would have liked. These families didn’t have the funds to pay full price for my services, and while I obviously offered what support I could, working for free simply isn’t feasible in the long run. For this reason, I have decided to establish the 5% fund.
On August 15th, 2019, Nature’s Blossom Birth began donating 5% of postpartum client fees to help cover the cost of service for families who need postpartum support. That means each and every time we take care of one new family, a family in need will be a little bit closer to getting the support they require.
The 5% fund is my way of giving back to the community and making sure those who truly need postpartum services can have them, no matter their income level.
How You Can Be Involved
Wondering how you can be involved in this new project? It’s easy! Simply sign on as postpartum client, pay the usual fees associated with the service, and give yourself a pat on the back knowing that 5% of what you just paid is going to an excellent cause.
Of course, anyone who wants to help but has no need for services from Nature’s Blossom Birth can also choose to donate to the fund directly by clicking here.
Want to be involved from the other end? That is, are you looking to hire a postpartum doula but worried you won’t have the financial means to do so? Nature’s Blossom Birth will be accepting applications from those who wish to use the fund beginning in October. You will be able to apply by visiting us here on our website.
I am extremely excited to be able to provide this service, and hope to serve as many families as possible in the coming months and years!