Due to COVID-19, many doulas and new parents don't feel safe to or can't interface with each other in real life. But thanks to COVID-19, there is an opportunity for a new choice in postpartum care. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. Video calls allow for a vital connection between doulas and new parents. There are even some real perks to going virtual!
- There is zero chance of transmission of COVID-19 or any other contagious illness.
- Communication can happen when you need it most; often in the moment that you're faced with a difficult situation or question. Just a click away.
- We don't have to wear masks. We can see each other's faces.
- You can schedule a "visit" for as short as a half hour, as opposed to a 3 hour minimum in-home visit, if that's all you need.
- Find a doula, who is also a CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor). She may be able to save you a visit to an IBCLC.
- You can go to doctors' appointments without needing to quarantine afterwards for a home visit from your doula.
- There is no anxiety surrounding whether you or your baby will become infected from your doula or vice versa.
- You're not limited to a doula in your geographical area.
- You never have to leave your bed.
- You can still get breast and bottle feeding support.
- You can still get vital emotional support.
- Your doula can supplement support with resources, referrals, pertinent videos and links tailored to your specific needs.
Of course, the drawback to virtual support, is the hands-on assistance that doesn't take place. While I can't wait for the day that I can once again work safely in my clients' homes - holding babies so parents can shower or nap, preparing food for a hungry mom or helping with baby's first bath - my clients and I are thankful that this indispensable connection is available.
Until then, we're left to navigate this new world differently. Luckily, we have the technology to do it in an authentic way, warts and all. It's not ideal for most of us. And we're doing the best we can. Like new parents around the world, we need to adapt to our changing reality. There's comfort in knowing we're not alone. We don't have to do it alone either. Help is just a click away.