Postpartum Doula, Penny Gilchrist Teaches and Supports New Mothers

Special for the AJT

When you have a baby, usually your main concern once the baby is born is taking the best possible care of your new little one.  But in a society where most new mothers live far from their own moms, who is going to take care of you?

Meet Postpartum Doula, Penny Gilchrist. A woman that her clients describe as a quiet, warm, guardian angel. Penny loves newborns, but is there to teach, encourage, and support the mothers transitioning into life with a newborn.

Postpartum Doula, Penny Gilchrist

“My goal is to instill confidence.” Says Gilchrist, “So when I leave, new parents feel good about their new role.”

Breastfeeding is natural, but can be extremely frustrating.  Penny is extremely patient, trying many different techniques to get the new mom and her baby comfortable with this new experience.  No judgment, babies have to grow and thrive.  Whatever we need to get them to this point, we do.  No two moms and babies are alike.  I customize the program so it works for the individual family.

My beliefs are in a schedule.  Rested babies are happy babies, tired babies can be miserable.  It has been proven that from infancy on, children behave more positively when they are put in situations knowing what to expect.

Research indicates that Postpartum Doula Care reduces the risk of postpartum depression.  Even for second and third time parents the refresher is always good.  Remember, no two babies are alike. The doula can help siblings adjust to the new baby, schedules for all the children to coordinate, as well as take time for your selves and your relationship.

SIMCHAS!

Yes, eight days later is the Bris or Baby naming. Exhausted parents feel very overwhelmed with the planning and the proper choices to make for their particular situation.  Penny is able to recommend Moyels, tell a little about each, and then let parents make the decision.

Since families sometimes live afar, Penny is able to suggest different caterers depending on what the parents would like to serve.

“There are only so many blankets a baby needs.” She says, “Do the new parents a favor.”

For this reason, Gilchrist offers Doula Dollars (gift certificates) for gift giving. In this way she offers new parents support and help in dealing with a newborn.

Penny Gilchrist has been a Postpartum Doula in the Atlanta area for 16 years and says It’s her passion and calling.

“I know when I walk out of the door, I have made a difference for the new parents during this wonderful, but frustrating time in their lives.” She says, “Where else can you feel that way about your job?”

Contact Penny at:  doulapenny@gmail.com or on Facebook: Penny Rubin Gilchrist