4 Reasons to Hire a Night Nanny

Night nanny, overnight doula, night nurse. Call them what you’d like – they are lifesavers! NOTE: I am not a RN, so any medical questions I will leave for your care provider. Night doula services are becoming increasingly popular. Here are some reasons why…

Rest = Healing

Giving birth is exhausting work. Being pregnant is exhausting work. After all of this, your body needs time to heal. The more uninterrupted sleep you get, the quicker you will feel more like yourself. It has been said that the first 6 weeks of parenthood are the toughest. If you were blessed with a belly birth, you’ll need extra time for your incision to heal as well.

Mental Health

There are a lot of great conversations surrounding mental health in Canada. If you (or your partner) are at risk of depression, anxiety or other mood disorders, getting enough sleep is crucial for your well being. Besides that, having a good night’s sleep will put you in better spirits so that you can enjoy your baby during the day!

Simpler Feedings

We are respectful of all types of feeding: breast milk, formula or a combo. If you’re a bottle family, then your doula will handle all of the feedings. If you’re breastfeeding, then our doulas will bring your baby to you. Doulas can also help parents set up a pumping schedule at night.

Back to Work

If parental leave isn’t an option (I’m looking at you fellow entrepreneurs), then a night nanny might just be the key to your sustainability. How can you effectively run your business if you woke up 8 times last night? Our daytime doulas can also help care for baby while you work.

Interested in learning more about our night nanny services? Call us today for a free consultation!

COVID Update

Find out the latest information regarding our doula support. As of October 2020, the biggest change to our services is hospital births.

  • Our doulas can provide in-person support for your home birth. See below on how we keep you safe.
  • St Joe’s is the only hospital in our area that is allowing a doula + another support person in your birth room.
  • We are back in your homes to provide you with night, daytime and infant feeding support!
  • Our virtual services are always an option as well, especially if someone in your household is high risk! These services have a strong emphasis on educating parents on their birthing options, non-medical pain relief, what to expect during each stage of labour/birth, pain relief options at the hospital, etc. We can add more prenatal meetings than we would have in person. Prenatal and postpartum visits are done through Zoom. Labour and birth support may be done through text, phone or video calls.

Keeping You Safe

Our doulas have received Infection Control training and follow these safety measures while in your home:

  • Wearing a face mask
  • Washing hands immediately upon arrival
  • Wearing medical gloves when needed
  • Maintaining social distancing when possible
  • Working with only 1 family at a time
  • Cleaning and sanitizing frequently used items such as our doula bags and instruction tools

For the most updated information on COVID-19, please visit the Government of Ontario’s website.

Interview with… a Birth Photographer!

Hi everyone! I am excited to publish our first post in our “Community Feature” series! Today we are interviewing Allie, our local birth photographer, from Lysia Cole Photography. She is a dear friend of mine and an incredibly talented individual. Let’s get started and answer some of your questions!

Why do people hire a birth photographer?

You’ve been growing a baby for months and you’re finally about to meet this new little human that is going to change your life in so many amazing ways. Wouldn’t you love to look back on all the support you had throughout your labour? The look on your face when you first laid eyes on your beautiful baby? Maybe you’ve left the gender a surprise and are finding out for the first time. Looking back, time comes and goes so quickly and this is one of those life changing experiences you never want to forget.

How do you work around anyone who doesn’t want to be in the photos?

My main focus is to capture the parents and baby/babies, so I don’t tend to make the focus of an image anyone besides them. If medical staff are in the shot, they are usually blurred as focus is elsewhere or their faces aren’t really shown. While I understand and respect that not everyone is receptive to having their photos taken, I am rarely in a position where I’m asked to be aware of who is within range of my lens.

What is the hardest thing about shooting births?

Definitely the spontaneity of labour. Unless someone is having a scheduled c-section or an induction, no one really knows when babies arrive. This is why it is crucial to contact your photographer once labour starts. Some people are in labour for hours and hours while others are very quick! I have to be ready to go at the drop of a hat.

What is the spark that makes you love this job?

Having done it twice myself and witnessing it from the other side, birth is such an unreal experience. It’s unpredictable, exciting and there is nothing like seeing new life enter this world. Seeing the look on the parents’ faces when they see their baby/babies for the first is unlike any other. It’s very emotional!

What would you say to someone who’s on the fence about having a birth photographer?

I think a lot of people have misconceptions about hiring a birth photographer and it’s important to understand that YOU set the boundaries. I make a point to go through EVERYTHING my clients do and do not want photographed ahead of time so that there are no surprises. I try to ensure that I am stealthy and not intruding in any way, like a fly on the wall. As mentioned before, labour can be very spontaneous and there are a lot of things you may or may not remember afterwards. I for one know that I wanted my husband to be in the moment with me and present, not worrying about capturing pictures on his phone. You’re bringing new life into this world and that’s something you’ll want documented. Babies change so much and so very quickly. Those first moments earthside are unlike any others.

Allie has been capturing family memories for years. She specializes in maternity, birth, fresh 48 and lifestyle photography. Learn more about Lysia Cole Photography.