Birth workers will often talk about families "finding their tribe." And in that statement that sounds like hippie-woo-woo we basically mean that it's important for new parents to find other parents for support, for some levity, for help, for solidarity.
I find that we often spend a lot of our time planning for pregnancy, planning for labor, planning for birth, but often what's missing from our plans is what happens after birth, after baby comes home.
I've realized this in my practice, personally, and have started recently in final prenatal visits helping parents put together a postnatal plan. And something we often don't plan for is a baby who is fussy.
Little ones have a lot of needs and those needs can't be articulated in any other way than a wail. Just as it's important to plan for the unexpected in labor and birth, planing and learning about baby behaviours before baby arrives makes a lot of sense.
This article from the The Huffington Post is a bit hard to read in places, I sincerely feel for the parents in this piece. Take your time reading it and then talk to your provider about what to look for in particularly fussy babies.
After you check in with your provider, find your tribe :) Start meeting other families who are pregnant, connect with a family or two in your Childbirth Education class, make sure you have a network of folks you can lean on during those first few days home with new baby.
Hi there! I'm Erika Davis and I'm a doula working in the Seattle and South Puget Sound area.