International Doula Month - book club: Nurturing New Families, Naomi Kemeny
I'm not sure why, but out of the (too many) books I have bought on birth, pregnancy and becoming a doula, this book didn't leap out at me to read. I bought it on recommendation of the Doula UK reading list for new doulas, but had what I thought were more exciting books to read. Sorry Naomi Kemeny.
However, what I have found is that this is a book I will be keeping handy, writing in the margins of and refering to again and again.
With the focus on postnatal care, whether by a family member, friend or doula, Kemeny discusses the details of how to look after a new family in the right way for that family. No judgement, no agenda, no personal baggage.
There is information on care of new babies: feeding, crying, sleeping, cleaning, swaddling, medication, reflux, jaundice. I found the research on crying particularly interesting and reassuring. Reassuring is a good word for the whole book actually.
- specifics on caring for women after different types of birth,
- signs to look for to be able to signpost to services,
- information about what can happen with multiples and what can sometimes help,
- simple (but helpful!) breastfeeding support, and advice on when to refer,
- ways to involve siblings and support parents with older children,
- how to manage pets and babies,
- how to support the partner,
- cultural comparisons,
- tips for new doulas, .
There is more that can be learned about being a postnatal doula than what is just in this book. But this is a bloody good place to start.