A Helping Hand When Baby Arrives
For new parents, a newborn baby changes your world in a heartbeat, bringing with it pure and utter joy along with sleepless nights and a need for your undivided attention.
To help make the transition into parenthood a bit easier are birth and after-birth caregivers and educators Gloria Bennett and Daniela Brown of A Love in Touch LLC. As postpartum educators they provide knowledgeable, caring and personal support during a family’s first 12 weeks after the baby is born.
“We help the mother care for her postpartum body and support her choice to breastor bottle-feed, and we also provide emotional support for the new family by validating the normal adjustment process and aid parents in developing their own styles of nurturing and bonding with baby,” Brown says.
Originally from Venezuela and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Bennett attended Caribbean Union College Secondary School and Renton College for Nursing, and has worked in nursing for the past 25 years. Born in Germany, Brown graduated from Schlatter Business College there and co-owned a printing company prior to making Hawaii her home base in 1985. It was then she began working in retail sales management.
“When I found out that Gloria was going to go into the postpartum business, I went to Bastyr University in Washington state and took a course for doulas and also a course for postpartum doulas that was given here in Hawaii,” Brown explains.
A Love in Touch LLC is a business birthed out of compassion for women and babies, and both Bennett and Brown hope that their clients feel loved and cared for in the time spent with them. Services range from $700 for birthing to $25 per hour for care of one baby, $30 for multiples and $35 per hour for services provided during nights, weekends and holidays.
“In our changing society, women are only in the hospital from 24 to 48 hours after birth and sometimes are coming home to toddlers and pets that also require care,” Brown says. “If she (a mother) is breast-feeding, that can be every two hours or less depending on the infant’s size and capacity to feed. This can be a trying time for not only the mom, but other family members as well. Outbreaks of emotions related to not having continuous sleep and frequent feeding can be very difficult on both parents, so we come into a family’s life preferably before birth and get a picture of what they would like their birth to look like, and what services they think they would need after baby arrives.”
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