For Bridgetown Baby founder Merriah Fairchild, having her first child was transformative. “I came to understand what kind of support could make the experience of becoming a parent easier and more joyful,” Merriah says, “and I decided that I wanted to spend my life helping families not just survive ‘the 4th trimester,’ but come out of it thriving.”
In 2014, Merriah started Bridgetown Baby—a postpartum doula agency designed to provide new parents a bridge of support as they grow into their new lives. In the five years since then, the Bridgetown Baby team has grown and diversified its team of postpartum doulas and lactation consultants to reflect the needs of Portland parents.
Postpartum doula care makes parenting more sustainable in more ways than one
Becoming a parent—or adding to your family—is a significant transition! Research shows that the support that doulas provide in the early weeks and months—teaching newborn care, preparing meals, helping parents to rest and replenish, offering companionship and emotional support to navigate new territory—builds parents’ confidence and well-being, which benefits the whole family and makes parenting more sustainable over the long term.
On the green side of sustainability, Bridgetown Baby doulas are well-versed in eco-friendly approaches to, and resources for, parenting: cloth diapering; identifying the truly useful basic baby gear so new parents can minimize unnecessary purchases; and connecting new parents to community sources for lightly-used baby clothing and gear.
Three quick takeaways from Bridgetown Baby’s cumulative experience:
After you make your birth plan, make a postpartum plan! Every trip is easier with a roadmap.
Choose a select few voices or sources that you can trust for guidance along the way. The plethora of opinions out there can sometimes obscure the path.
“It takes a village to raise a child” isn’t just a cute bumper sticker. Get help from family, friends or postpartum doulas before you’re at the end of your rope.
“We’re thrilled to be celebrating five years of being part of 'the village' for new parents,” says Merriah, “it’s what we’re called to do.”
If you’d like guidance on what to expect in the postpartum period, making a postpartum plan, or building a village of support, contact Bridgetown Baby for a free consult—and take advantage of their Chinook Book offers for discounted services.