You've been waiting for baby for months and months. It's time to show off your perfect bundle of joy! Right? Wait, is it?
Let's talk about that.
What's best for new parents and a new baby during the firs 6 weeks at home?
Maybe you've decided to keep it pretty low key, but you are constantly being asked by friends, neighbors, family and acquaintances if they can come by to meet your baby. Isn't it rude to say no?
Again, we need to consider what is best for the new parent and new baby.
This episode of the Fourth Trimester Podcast is a playbook for handling visitors, including:
- setting boundaries for yourself
- communicating how you need visitation to work to your loved ones
- the difference between visitors who help vs visitors who don't know how to positively contribute
- how to set up an appropriate 'meet the baby' event
- why your birth story is a private experience you may or may not choose to share
The biggest jobs new parents have during their first 6 weeks at home with a newborn are to rest, recover, bond with their baby, to understand and celebrate their new identify. Note that hosting visitors is not on that list. :)
Esther and Sarah have a discussion of why visitors in the first two to six weeks aren't always the right thing for new parents from a physical, emotional-social and spiritual perspective, as well as why our culture doesn't foster appropriate support.