Online support for postpartum, helps when folks say “how can I help?”
Online meal train for postpartum period:
Journal Articles on Doulas
Impact of Doulas on Healthy Birth Outcomes: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3647727/
Continuous Labor Support: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28681500
Popular Labor Contraction Apps
This app works with iOS and has a web version for desktop use. If you are using the computer version, you do not need to be hooked up to the internet once the program has loaded. It is also able to print your contractions. This site has been live for a long time and has a long history.
Contraction Timer App
This free app is available on iOS and Android app and works easily. You simply hit start and stop when a contraction begins and ends. This app will calculate how far apart the contractions are for you and how long they last.
This iOS app is very basic, but provides you with an easy to use interface. The app has a bright light which can either be helpful or a hindrance. When used at night, it’s bright enough to see the buttons and listings of previous contractions, without waking someone else up.
This app is for iOS or Android. It offers far more than a contraction timer including video clips suggesting good positions for labor, comfort measures, and information on nutrition. Developed by childbirth educators and doulas, it is a great tool for all moms. The timer is a mere basic function along with the other goodies provided by this app.
This is for iOS or Android. The contraction timer is a part of a larger app that handles pregnancy through postpartum including a kick counter contraction timer.
Promising Apps Postpartum
NPR Article: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/08/18/749454254/this-app-aims-to-save-new-moms-lives
Two of my favorite poems about babies, birth, and mothering
A Cradle Song by W.B. Yeats
The angels are stooping Above your bed; They weary of trooping With the whimpering dead. God’s laughing in Heaven To see you so good; The Sailing Seven Are gay with His mood. I sigh that kiss you, For I must own That I shall miss you When you have grown.
Morning Song by Sylvia Plath
Love set you going like a fat gold watch. The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry Took its place among the elements. Our voices echo, magnifying your arrival. New statue. In a drafty museum, your nakedness Shadows our safety. We stand round blankly as walls. I’m no more your mother Than the cloud that distills a mirror to reflect its own slow Effacement at the wind’s hand. All night your moth-breath Flickers among the flat pink roses. I wake to listen: A far sea moves in my ear. One cry, and I stumble from bed, cow-heavy and floral In my Victorian nightgown. Your mouth opens clean as a cat’s. The window square Whitens and swallows its dull stars. And now you try Your handful of notes; The clear vowels rise like balloons.