And why should you care?
Mothercare is a word I created to parallel the term childcare which focuses on providing the basic necessities for children. However, many parents want care providers for their young ones who exceed the basics. In the same way, I believe that we should follow similar standards for the care we give people entering parenthood. Mothercare is for moms.
I discovered an information void about the care of men and women becoming parents. After years of being a birth coach and doula, I became increasing aware of the need to fill that vacuum because it’s critical for healthy families. My goal was far more comprehensive than a piecemeal approach—a doctor here, a doula there, a lactation consultant if she has a problem, and if depression comes, a scramble to find help. This lack of a plan leaves a woman vulnerable to chance.
Imagine a woman going to a doctor’s office to meet with a midwife and doctor to discuss her medical history and goals. This discussion would determine who would lead her health care. Depending on her health background and pregnancy risk factors, if any, it could be the obstetrician or the midwife. After establishing the lead care provider, she’d be referred to a doula to help set up appropriate involvement with other pregnancy and postpartum specialists. This comprehensive plan lays a strong foundation of support.
Mothercare is a five-part system. In her journey into motherhood an expert would provide care for a specific area. (An expert is someone having 10,000 hours or more in their particular field). These areas are comfort during pregnancy, birth preparation, support during labor and birth, baby feeding support, and help with a newborn at home.
Why is this important?
For decades maternity care in the U.S. has centered increasingly on medical interventions and technologies. While interventions have increased, so have the numbers of mothers and babies who die, or come close to it, due to complications from these.
On the other hand, many countries treat the five core areas of care as part of their normal, everyday maternity process. And those countries all have lower instances of postpartum depression, as well as lower rates of maternal and infant deaths and near deaths. The time has come for women here to have access to a system that creates great outcomes for mothers and new families. It’s time for the end-users to have support to construct a healthy beginning to a happy family, free from guesswork.
This book doesn’t replace or act as medical advice. It’s a month-by-month guide through pregnancy so women can get full use of this type of Mothercare system to increase their likelihood of an easier and more enjoyable pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience. Where appropriate, input from other birth service professionals is included.