"You know, I never thought I'd be the type of person that would hire a postpartum doula or night nanny. (For the most part, I think it just never occurred to me!) I admittedly didn't even know such a thing existed until some friends had a baby and could not stop raving about how hiring a night nanny was the best money they'd ever spent. I thought, "OK, cool," at the time. But after weeks of hearing them go on about what a game changer it was, my husband and I decided it might be worth the investment when our little one arrived as well.
I cannot express how incredibly lucky I feel that we found Meghan. To be clear, there is a difference between a night nanny and a postpartum doula, and Meghan really delivers a higher level of service and support. She is the whole package! Let's see ...
* She's a certified "baby whisperer." She could calm and put my baby to sleep faster than pretty much anyone. She brings a lot of experience to the table and our little girl clearly loved Meghan, which gave me wonderful peace of mind. She's also just a wealth of information and answered seemingly endless questions from us new parents -- about sleep, nursing, baby poop, you name it! -- with kindness and wisdom.
* She was a GREAT support to me and my husband ... through ... everything. I had some bumps in the road with breastfeeding. (That might be an understatement. I had EVERY bump imaginable. Including mastitis that turned into an abscess that required minor surgery.) And Meghan was just super supportive -- checking in to see how I was doing, offering counsel and kind words, tapping into her extensive network of experts to get advice on various issues, making sure I stayed hydrated and nourished through the night, etc. I don't know how we would have made it through without her -- not just her help with the baby and the household, but her guidance and encouragement!
* Meghan went above and beyond to make our lives easier. She did our laundry, helped with dishes, put together our baby's walker, organized my freezer stash of breastmilk -- all tremendously helpful things that eased the burden and maintained my sanity. :)
There's a reason we extended her contract so many times I lost count (and hope to work with her again for future kiddos). She's awesome!"