The Realities of Postpartum: Services to help around Beaverton
If you run in any parenting corner of the internet (and maybe even if you don’t), you probably heard about the ad for Frida Mom that was rejected from running during the Oscars. It depicts the authentic struggles of a new mom physically recovering from a recent birth.
Many people were upset that the non-graphic ad wasn’t allowed to run. It depicted the truth. The kind of reality that is seldom discussed at all, let alone in general public discourse.
In this video, we watch a tired new mom waking during the night to a crying baby. Her stomach is in the stage of early postpartum, where it looks like you are still pregnant even though a small human recently left your body. She waddles into the bathroom in disposable underwear and those huge maxi pads the hospital provides. There’s the spray, the water bottle, the whole deal.
This ad was incredibly effective at instantly transporting many of us (yes, myself included) back to that vulnerable, newly postpartum stage. In speaking with other mothers, in addition to my own experience, it seems that the medical establishment (and society at large) prepare and support us during pregnancy, up to the moment of birth. But frequently, the focus then shifts to the baby. We’re left with little information about what to expect from our new bodies, making recovery that much more difficult.
While I could undoubtedly step atop my soapbox and proclaim the need to normalize more of the realities of motherhood, that’s a topic for another day. However, I would like to highlight some of the fantastic resources for postpartum moms around Beaverton.
Perinatal Professionals of Washington County –
If you’re in need of just about any service having to do with pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, this group’s Facebook page should be your first stop. They have a variety of professionals covering all aspects of new parenthood. (If you can’t find the help you need in their group, they can refer you to an even more extensive network of resources.) The kinds of services you’ll find for postpartum moms (and their partners) include:
Postpartum Doulas – These wonderful women are an extra set of hands that seemingly know what you need before you ask. With extensive knowledge of the process of recovery, they can help with just about any task needed during the newborn phase.
Lactation Consultants – Breastfeeding is way harder than most of us thought it would be before we had kids. From getting a proper latch, to supply issues, and everything in between, a good lactation consultant will guide you through both the physical (and the often-overlooked mental) aspects of breastfeeding.
Counselors – Pregnancy involves A LOT of hormones. So once baby and placenta are out, mom experiences a massive hormonal shift. Add in sleep deprivation and the stresses of life, and things can get overwhelming for a new mom. Finding the right board-certified therapist can help.
Sleep Specialists – While most babies aren’t known for being fantastic sleepers, a sleep specialist can help make sure your little one has the optimum environment that they need to drift off into dreamland.
Katie Carrick lives in Beaverton with her husband, two young children, and their yappy but loveable dog, Mendel. She’s a former clinical scientist who now works as a freelance writer. For more information visit mkcontentcreation.com.