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To the new fathers

So, you’re a brand-new father.

Or you will be very soon.

Perhaps you’ve been through this stage in life before; you already have children and you have some insight into what’s about to go down, and how your life is going to change (again).

Or maybe this is your first time, and you have no idea but you’re excited for the journey.

Are you worried about returning to work, and how both you and your partner will cope? Would you feel more at ease with this transition if you knew there was someone caring for them, helping them rest and recover by providing nourishing food, company and help? Someone else to make sure they have sleep and support?

Would you like to come home at the end of the day and know your partner has had a decent nap, a decent conversation, and the laundry that had been piling up is done?

If you’ve answered yes to some or all of these questions, the professional you need to find is a Postpartum Doula. We do all these things and more for a new family, giving you the peace of mind that you and your partner is supported physically, emotionally and spiritually as you undertake one of the biggest learning curves a family can undertake.

If you’re in Melbourne, contact me today to arrange your 1:1 interview and discover the value of my support in the early weeks of parenting.

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Rachel Angelone is the founder of Your Birth Your Baby and is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Postpartum Doula and NurtureLife Pregnancy Massage Practitioner based in Melbourne. Rachel offers independent childbirth and early parenting education to pregnant families before baby arrives. Once your baby is Earth-side, she offers practical and emotional in-home support as you adjust to your new life as parents. Along both journeys she can provide relaxing and restorative massage treatments. She is also a loving wife and mother to two young girls.

Cover photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Why massage during pregnancy and early postpartum?

Pregnancy is never static. Every day your baby and body grow, organs shift position and ligaments stretch to accommodate the changes. Aches and pains can come hand in hand with pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean you have to ‘put up with it’. Seeing someone who specialises in pregnancy massage can help reduce those discomforts, can increase your capacity to cope with the changes, and help you connect with your growing baby and body.

It also provides an opportunity for ‘me’ time, when so much of the focus can shift to your baby, or is already on existing children.

The top four potential benefits of massage in pregnancy include:

  • Improvement in sleep
  • Boosted immune system
  • Lowered stress levels
  • Reduction in pain and discomfort

Other potential benefits may include:

  • Increased connection with baby
  • Improved posture & reduced postural tension
  • Reduction in oedema
  • Improved circulation
  • Stimulation of cell nutrition
  • Increased acceptance of your changing body
  • Improved mood
  • Boosts to your immune system
  • Boosts of feel-good hormones, which boosts your mood and reduces anxiety

Postpartum massage can also be hugely beneficial as you recover from pregnancy and birth, and shift into this exciting but often exhausting phase of parenting a newborn. A postpartum massage can achieve all the same benefits as listed above, as well as giving you a boost of oxycontin – the feel-good love hormone that’s vital for bonding and milk production.

Rachel Angelone is the founder of Your Birth Your Baby and is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Postpartum Doula and NurtureLife Pregnancy Massage Practitioner based in Melbourne. Rachel offers independent childbirth and early parenting education to pregnant families before baby arrives. Once your baby is Earth-side, she offers practical and emotional in-home support as you adjust to your new life as parents. Along both journeys she can provide relaxing and restorative massage treatments. She is also a loving wife and mother to two young girls.

Why should you keep using my services, despite COVID 19

*Edited to add: Due to Government restrictions, my massage service is on hold from late March to further notice. Doula services are classed as ‘care giving services’ and are still available.*

There’s much discussion about close personal contact at the moment. Two thirds of the services I offer rely on this type of interaction. So, should you keep engaging in these services?

Short answer, is yes.

Massage

Massage has many benefits, for any person. I exclusively offer pregnancy and postpartum massage. The main two that will be relevant at this time are:

  • Boosting your immune system
  • Boosting feel good hormones, which boosts your mood and reduces anxiety

The following are the measures that mean you’re as safe as possible in having me come to you to provide a beautiful relaxation massage:

  • I only do a max of 2 massages a day, and never back to back.
  • Every piece of linen I or a client touches during my time at their house goes in the washing machine as soon as I get home, washed on the hottest, longest cycle with sufficient detergent.
  • Linen is dried in the sun when possible, or in a dryer. Not left on clothes wracks for days to dry.
  • I wash my hands thoroughly when I arrive, and of course when I’m finished because I have oil all over my hands!
  • My massage table gets wiped down at the end of each massage with disinfectant wipes, and again when I get it out of the case at the next appointment.
  • I would never come to an appointment if I felt unwell, or had had contact with a person who is positive for Covid 19.
  • I contact all clients on the morning of their massage to check they’re feeling well. I’ve temporarily suspended my $30 cancellation fee.

Postpartum doula services

This virus may have seriously disrupted the support plans you had in place for your first few weeks home with bub. You may have had planned to have family come in from overseas or interstate – plans which may now be in disarray. Postpartum doulas can help restore a calm confidence to your postpartum care plans. Please get in contact if you have any questions about this service.

When it comes to hygiene when visiting for postpartum support, again, the upmost care is taken.  

I would never come to an appointment if I felt unwell in any way, or knowingly had contact with a person who is positive for COVID 19. I have a back-up doula so that you will still receive the support you need if I am unable to attend.

I wash my hands thoroughly when I arrive, follow the most stringent personal hygiene for coughing and sneezing at all times, and have an existing policy of only supporting one family at a time.

Online sessions now available: Childbirth education classes, & Birth and/or Postpartum planning sessions.

These services I am able to move to a virtual format to reduce face-to-face interactions.

I’ve tweaked my content and delivery to be suitable for conducting sessions via Zoom.

Pricing for the virtual services sessions will also be reduced, because I wouldn’t incur car petrol/servicing costs:

  • Face to face Childbirth education (7 hours-min 2 sessions): $350
  • Virtual Childbirth education (7 hours-min 2 sessions): $275
  • Face to face Birth and/or postpartum planning sessions (minimum 3 hours): $50/hour
  • Virtual Birth and/or postpartum planning sessions (minimum 3 hours): $40/hour

If you have any questions about any of my services, or any of the measures I’m taking in order to protect clients, please get in contact via the Contact Me page. I’d love to chat to you.

Rachel Angelone is the founder of Your Birth Your Baby and is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Postpartum Doula and NurtureLife Pregnancy Massage Practitioner based in Melbourne. Rachel offers independent childbirth and early parenting education to pregnant families before baby arrives. Once your baby is Earth-side, she offers practical and emotional in-home support as you adjust to your new life as parents. Along both journeys she can provide relaxing and restorative massage treatments. She is also a loving wife and mother to two young girls.