The roles of grandma and the postpartum doula are often ill-defined, and can be challenging to balance with the immediate needs of a new mom and baby. Author Vicky York discovers that with a little effort and patience, doulas and grandmas can work together. After all, there’s nothing quite like grandma’s love.
Vicky York, board certified lactation consultant and certified postpartum doula, has helped nearly 600 families in Oregon since 1992 through the postpartum period. She has assisted with adoption, gay couple support, twins, preemies and perinatal mood disorders. She co-facilitates a perinatal mood disorders mother-to-mother support group for women in Eugene, Oregon, and can be reached at email@example.com.
Nothing I suggested made her feel better and I recognized from experience that she likely had more than one form of perinatal mood disorder. She was too anxious to know when things were okay and too depressed to follow up on suggestions when they weren’t okay; and sleep deprivation magnified all of it. Read more…. Perinatal Mood Disorders: Understanding and Helping