I will use myself as a prime example. Just three weeks after my daughter was born, I opened my first art show. It didn't matter that the show had been planned a year and a half in advance. I could have cancelled it knowing I would have a newborn around that time. Not only was I extremely embarrassed each time one of my clients popped in that night but more so, I was exhausted and so was my three week old.
I stopped dead in my tracks that next morning. I turned the show over to my husband and remembered all the reasons I give new parents as to why they should really take it easy, rest and enjoy this time with their newborn. It is absolutely critical for the bonding of the entire family. What is done in the first one to two years, after a baby is born will set the tone for the future health of the entire family.
As professionals who work in the birth world and to whom many new parents look to for advice and guidance, it is our duty to provide congruent messages. If we do not take care of ourselves and our families first, how can we possibly care for anyone else.
There will always be time to be a take a birth as a doula or teach another series of childbirth classes but there is just one time after the birth of our child and we need to show mothers and fathers just how important that time is.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Boccolucci at Sarah Boccolucci Photography & Birth Services http://www.coloradobirthphotos.com