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Kraamzorg UK to offer lifeline for new mums and dadsCreated by Verity in Age: Baby & Toddler, Age: On the way, Being a Granny-carer, Being You, Relationships, Type of Granny
Granny to the rescue!
Are you worried about how your expectant daughter or daughter-in-law will cope with the emotional and practical demands that are inevitable following the arrival of a new baby? Perhaps you don’t live close by, or maybe hands-on practical support is not your forte! It might be that wild horses couldn’t keep you from being one of the first to welcome your new grandchild and want to enjoy this time too without having to worry, it is always nice to have a professional perspective on the latest research. Fear not, help is at hand…
Kraamzorg UK provide the ultimate care for mums and dads with newborns in the North West of England. The service is based on the long established and proven Dutch model of postnatal care. The word Kraamzorg is Dutch and is actually the marriage of two words, Kraam, (pronounced cram) which means postnatal and Zorg, which means care. In Holland every family is entitled to kraamzorg care and it is a normal part of the planning for a newborn. It’s understood and accepted to be the best way for a mum to recover and enjoy a rewarding start with her new baby. The kraamzorg – a qualified maternity carer, will visit daily for the first week or two after birth, staying several hours and giving hands-on practical and emotional support.
“I was delighted to find Kraamzorg because I wanted my daughter-in-law to enjoy the birth of her third child with the kind of physical support I can no longer give and the professional support that I was able to enjoy when I was raising my own family in the dim past when professional midwives were given far more time with their patients. The service she enjoyed was brilliant – with discussion with her Kraamzorg midwife – the service was tailored to just those areas where my daughter-in-law needed the extra support. And now I’ve seen the result for myself – a contented and relaxed baby with a happy and relaxed mum. Perfect combination. Liz Kendrick, Devon
“It was amazing; the kraamzorg attended and assisted the midwife at a home birth and then helped mum to bathe afterwards. She changed her bedding, made mum and dad refreshments and then tucked the family up into bed. I later witnessed several kraamzorg carers delivering this care during postnatal visits with the community midwives.”
“We have introduced this service to the North West and are there to give guidance on how to care for your baby, from establishing feeding, to showing you the correct sleeping positions and the best way to bathe your newborn,”
Jenny’s third child was born in Holland and for her and her husband it was practically life saving! They had two other children under five and had no close family support to call upon. Jenny says: “Following a hospital delivery, I came home feeling weak and tired. The relief of knowing that I would have professional and caring help from those who understood our needs at this time was immense. I still describe it as like having your ‘Fairy godmother’ arrive to look after you. By the end of the ‘kraam period’ (6 days in my case), I felt rested, relaxed and both emotionally and physically stronger. It gave me a fantastic start to life as a mum of three”.
Those first few weeks are an essential time for mum to bond with her baby and recover from the birth. This can, and should, be a very enjoyable time but it can also be challenging, exhausting and emotional. We believe that mums and dads should have the opportunity to enjoy these precious weeks with their newborn, free from the pressures of everyday life and supported in the challenges a new baby may bring.
Sadly, post-birth support is still acknowledged by midwives and health professionals as the ‘Cinderella service’ and many mums simply don’t receive that support that they need. “Less than half of first-time mothers felt they got all the help and support they needed with feeding their baby in the first 24 hours after birth (45%) with similar rates at 2-7 days and 8-30 days after birth” Source – NCT 2010– “Post-natal care – still a Cinderella story?,
Kraamzorg UK believes that new mums shouldn’t be weighed down by chores either! According to Jenny, “Your Kraamzorg will take care of light housework, prepare light meals for you and your family and keep your family home running smoothly. Your Kraamzorg will be there to quietly support you, giving you quality time with your new family and the chance to rest.”
Kraamzorg recommends My Own Midwife for quality private maternity care.
If you mention you have heard about Kraamzorg on Grannynet, you will get 10% off – so what are you waiting for?!
For more information contact Jenny or Jan:
T: 07511 548689