In America, a woman who gives birth is typically discharged within 48 hours. That’s before her milk has come in, and while she is still very sore and healing. The next time she is seen is 6 weeks later. Those 6 weeks are the most important emotionally and physically. It’s also a major adjustment for her partner. This new family is expected to figure out nursing, sleeping, newborn care, cooking, and other household chores that didn’t end just because a new baby came home...all while mom is trying to heal! That’s a lot to expect! Even if you didn’t give birth this transition can be a lot to take on.
As a mother of six, certified lactation counselor, postpartum doula and babywearing instructor, I’m on a mission to help other families have a more informative, empowering and compassionate journey into parenthood.
I remember coming home with my first baby and knowing that I loved him, but was scared to death of him at the same time. My birth plan didn’t go as planned and I felt like a failure. I went from selfish to selfless in a matter of hours. That transition hit me hard. I felt ashamed that I was not in this euphoric state and my emotional roller coaster took a toll on my self esteem as a mother. People told me everything I was feeling was normal, but I didn’t feel normal. A friend that was part of my “village” brought me dinner and asked how I was. I decided to be vulnerable and give her the honest answer. Instead of saying “you’ll be ok” and normalizing my feelings, she validated me and just listened without judgement. That open ear and a warm meal was a catalyst for things to come.
Over the years, through travels and comparing experiences with friends living abroad, I realized there is a disconnect in postpartum care here in America. It was this and my personal experiences that propelled me on the journey to create Lille Landsby, gathering the information, education, knowledge and village of experts that could bridge the gap in maternal care. With our Postpartum Doulas, Lactation Consultants and Counselors, Nutritionist, Acupuncturist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Massage Therapists, and Babywearing Experts we provide personally tailored services to help with new-mommy and daddy challenges and the day-to-day activities that can feel overwhelming during this time. Let us prepare you for this journey of birth and care for you during the transition of adding a new little one to your family. Let me show you the tips and tricks to life-hack this. We believe you should not just survive through the 4th trimester, you should thrive!
Let me bring my village to you. Together we are Lille Landsby.