I did not consider hiring any help before I delivered the baby thinking I could do it all. I did survive, physically, the first two months. Unfortunately with a colicky high need baby, I developed a very bad case of postpartum depression by week 8. In a desperate effort to feel better, I reached out to my friends and asked for referral for someone trustworthy to help for a week just so that I can take a break during the day. Suyin’s name came highly recommended. My friend said “she’s god sent.” And “she’s very booked. But even if you can only hire her for one day, it will make a world of a difference.” As I reflect on the few days we had her here, and the tremendous support she gave me the following 5 months, I can vouch for both statements. In addition to the fact that Suyin was VERY good with my then colicky baby (Suyin was the first person to make my always miserable baby smile, that’s how good she is): – She cares for the mom just as much as the baby. On the first day she was here, she worked on establishing my confidence as a first time mom by teaching me techniques to sooth my baby to sleep and reassuring me that I am doing great, and pointing out moments when my baby was showing love for me. It was the first time since the baby was born that I felt empowered knowing that I have the tool to sooth my child instead of letting her cry for hours and feeling completely helpless. – Suyin is very professional, generous, and caring. She’s always on time. VERY responsive with emails and messages. Even though we only used her for a few days, we talk on a weekly if not daily basis for the months that followed. She messages me to make sure I am doing ok. She’s my go-to person when I have any baby related questions. – Suyin is flexible in her approach. She worked with us to develop a plan we feel comfortable (we worked with another sleep consultant before and she’s very firm about her way or the highway even though her way clearly didn’t work for us).
We were lucky enough to have Suyin as both our birth and postpartum doula. She was SO approachable, knowledgable, reassuring and caring. Suyin communicated with us all the time; even when she was on vacation she checked in with us! Suyin taught us a lot and with her knowledge and medical background, it was very easy to trust her. As first time parents, we really needed her guidance through a complicated pregnancy. I am so thankful that Suyin was with us for my baby’s birth. It was a long labour, and as a first time Mom, I didn’t know what to expect. Suyin was so gentle, present and encouraging. When we got home, Suyin took care of Baby, mine and my husband’s needs constantly! I couldn’t imagine going through that whole experience without Suyin’s help! And also as a bonus, her cooking is delicious! 🙂
Long before our baby was born, Suyin checked in with us, giving reassurances and answering questions along the way. She and her team drew on their expertise and knowledge to offer excellent postnatal support. We are so grateful to have been guided through the exhilarating and daunting days of newborn care and given the chance to rest and recuperate. She is now “Auntie Suyin” as she quickly put us at ease welcoming her into our home, and entrusting her with our precious daughter. How do you measure peace of mind, or confidence when embarking on a big journey? Truly, the help of Cherry Blossom Doulas changed our lives!