by Julie R
Elaine was a fantastic postpartum doula. She helped us after the birth of our second child, who arrived only 18 months after our first. At the time, I felt like I was already caring for a “baby” with our 18 month old, and I had no idea how to balance nursing a baby AND chasing after a toddler. In those first few months I was TERRIFIED of being alone with a newborn and toddler. Elaine came over during the witching hours (dinner-bath-bedtime) and was a much needed extra set of hands.
I had a c-section (he was breech) and in our pre-birth meetings Elaine really helped us think through how we would need to re-arrange our home in those first few weeks home (everything we needed to access was up a flight of stairs). She was thoughtful and honest in telling us how I would need to focus on my recovery during my maternity leave.
I cannot recommend Elaine enough. She was a calming presence in our home, and provided an amazing sense of warmth and caring for my whole family.