Many of us think we know how to be ‘a good visitor’. But when it comes to supporting new families, there are some common do’s and don’t’s which can help everyone feel more supported and supportive.
In our culture, we sort of expect to be hosted when we visit someone. But when visiting a new family, we cannot expect this.
New parents are most likely exhausted and feeling overwhelmed. So, the last thing they need is someone in their space that needs their attention or expects to be hosted. Meeting the demands of their newborn means parents have little time for cooking, cleaning, housework or shopping. But that’s where we can help!
This can be a really enriching time for the parents and their friends and family. It’s good to keep communicating and really listen to what each other needs. This is not the time for guessing or assuming.
Many people have trouble asking for or accepting help. If you are going to be supporting a new family it can be good to have a conversation during pregnancy about their expectations for postpartum.
Ideally parents start building their support network before their baby is born.
By supporting new parents in the early weeks and months, it will make a huge difference. It will give them time and space to heal and recover from the birth and bond and learn to feed their baby. We can help make this time more peaceful and supported.
With the right support, we can help parents enjoy their fourth trimester and feel rejuvenated and peaceful rather than overwhelmed and exhausted.
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