I was recently discussing what I do as a postpartum doula with a (childless) male friend. His first response was, "Is there a market for that?" Ignoring the gaping, open mouths of the other parents surrounding him ('cause, you know, they get it), I diplomatically responded with the easiest answer, "Yes! Of course!" I went on to explain that we live in an area full of families that are perfect for postpartum support. People settle in my area from all over the country, or even from abroad, for school or work. And once these families welcome their first baby, many find themselves far from the much-needed support of family and friends. A first-time mom without a village will have to make her own.
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