What happens to a mother after she gives birth? The answer to this question was the impetus for me to create the original Digital Doula® postnatal app, which was released in 2013, and described in these pages. I explained how it seems that all eyes turn to the baby after birth, and the mother becomes almost invisible, after being glorified and pampered throughout pregnancy.
As a birth professional I found that during childbirth preparation courses prospective parents couldn’t absorb information about what happens after the baby is born, because the impending birth loomed so large that they just wanted to get through that experience. The seeds for writing a book on the postpartum experience were planted then, to provide the much needed information and resources that parents cannot process while still pregnant. When my daughter had her first baby in 2011 we talked about the need for such a book as she was navigating the waters of new motherhood, and she told me to write it!
Life after birth
Life After Birth: A Parent’s Holistic Guide for Thriving in the Fourth Trimester (2019) is the culmination of forty+ years of working with postpartum women in groups and classes, and fills the gap in practical postpartum knowledge. It is a mother-focused practical guide for managing, and hopefully mastering, the multiple changes that unfold after birth. The father/partner, and his/her key role during this time, is also a significant part of the book, and each section has a chapter dedicated to their experience. Dr. Michel Odent wrote in a review:
Life After Birth” may be currently classified as the most authoritative document (“the bible”?) about the “fourth trimester.”
If you’d like to read an excerpt from Life After Birth: A Parent’s Holistic Guide for Thriving in the Fourth Trimester, see “Postpartum W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S.”
Digital Doula®2.0 – A Holistic Postnatal App for Parents
Emerging from her own journey of the fourth trimester, my daughter said “You know that book you’re writing? I want to create an app for it.” And Digital Doula® was born – a 21st century idea for a new generation of women who are getting their information through the internet. Here was a format that provided valuable knowledge and resources to new mothers, available at any time of day and night! Digital Doula® was first launched in November 2013, and now Digital Doula® 2.0 is a whole new app released on a cross-platform basis in 2020.
Digital Doula®2.0 is the companion to the book it was originally conceived to be, and it works as a stand-alone postnatal app too. The sections of this app mirror the sections of the book with added content, including two additional sections, which supplement and complement the book. The links within the book become live links accessible through the app, with additional resources and links on each page of the app.
A unique and nurturing take on life after birth, Digital Doula® 2.0 provides positive support through this transformational time, with special holistic resources including energy medicine techniques as strategies for effective coping. The app is a friendly, accessible read, regularly updated and comprehensively researched, from an expert on the ground. There are also over 100 Hot Topics: articles, videos and other bits of relevant news for new parents and this section is constantly growing as new content is added.
Sections of the Digital Doula®2.0 App
Life After Birth & Digital Doula®2.0 work together for added value
The combination of book and app is a powerhouse package full of guidance, and the first to apply energy medicine techniques to the postpartum period, in easy to use ways that everyone can do. A perfect plan for managing the energy lows of the fourth trimester, these techniques become powerful self-care processes for handling the intense day to day responsibilities of new parenting. Each book section has a chapter on energy medicine that applies to the content that is being covered: e.g., the fourth trimester includes the daily energy routine, a set of movements and actions that harmonizes, balances, and increases our energy flow.
Features & Benefits of Digital Doula® 2.0
- Digital Doula® 2.0 fills a gap in information about what happens after the baby is born.
- A virtual doula available internationally at any time of day or night!
- A valuable empowering resource about the many adjustments and normal challenges of life after birth
- Answers typical questions that arise during this pivotal time to help ease the transition to parenthood
- A unique aspect of the app is the weaving in of powerful energy medicine techniques that enhance self-care, increase energy levels, reduce stress & restore balance
- The app is being regularly updated with relevant material in a dynamic & evolving way
- Supports the postpartum everyday needs of new parents covering the physical, practical, emotional, social, relational and spiritual adaptations of life after birth
- 8 wide ranging sections with a focus on understanding and supporting the mother’s and partner’s experiences
We need to spread the word to mothers, that there is an app that can help them through the fourth trimester in a positive and powerful way, particularly during this time of coronavirus, when people are sheltering in place.
Where to find the Digital Doula®2.0 app
Dr. Diane Speier has been a birth professional and postpartum specialist since 1978, facilitating groups and classes for mothers and babies internationally. Diane is also a birth psychologist specializing in healing birth trauma, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and parenting matters. She is the author of Life After Birth: A Parent’s Holistic Guide for Thriving in the Fourth Trimester (2019) and the creator of Digital Doula® 2.0, a holistic postnatal app.