COVID-19 has hit the US and we are on lock down here in Michigan. We can't get in to see our pediatricians, OBs, general doctors, even our ER and hospitals are flooded. Stores and "non-essential" places are on lock down too, and our governor has issued an executive "shelter in place" order. Unfortunately this also means things have drastically and suddenly changed for anyone preparing to give birth any time soon. Hospitals are limiting, or denying visitors, which is leaving some women without the ability to birth with their doula's, or beloved family at their sides. And the shelter in place has left new families without the professional support and community they need to get through these early weeks. This has left many asking, "What am I supposed to do???".
Though these very drastic measures are necessary to stop the spread of the Corona Virus, it's leaving those of us who are expecting babies soon very worried. What does this mean for you, and what can you do? It's not reasonable to expect anyone to forgo prenatal education for birth and breastfeeding, and even more so not ok to ask new families to give up postpartum support.
As a lactation consultant I am very worried about how this will affect breastfeeding outcomes (breastfeeding is critical during this pandemic), and also extremely concerned about how this isolation will affect the postpartum health for individuals giving birth in the coming weeks and months during this pandemic.
Right now support is limited. And support when you have a new baby is CRITICAL.
When this hit my team and I decided we needed to do something... anything... and we've put together a few things to make receiving breastfeeding and postpartum support possible, even when everything else is shut down. We are doing a few things to provide support to you during the pandemic. (and most of it is FREE!!!!)
#2: We started the LC in Your Back Pocket Program
OK! This. THIS is why I am even writing this post in the first place. This program is going to change everything. We are opening up our long established, HIPAA compliant platforms to everyone who is in their 3rd trimester or pregnancy or within the first 6 weeks of having a newborn for FREE.
You. Need. This.
If you're expecting your baby soon, or just had your baby then you can not glance at this offer and not take us up on it. 100% for FREE we are adding anyone in this range to our HIPAA compliant messaging and telehealth platform so you can have easy access to support when you absolutely need it most. This is risk free, and there is no credit care required.
Why are we doing this???
Because it's not going to be easy to see your OB/Midwife or Pediatrician. ACOG just issued the recommendation that postpartum support checks are now to be DELAYED UNTIL 12 WEEKS POSTPARTUM. Though I understand why they are doing this now, like I said before, this is going to make for very poor mental health and breastfeeding outcomes. We are NOT meant to do this alone, and none of us should have to.
Check out this FB LIVE POST from one of the Successful Breastfeeding Lactation Experts, Kaitlyn. She talks about what's happening right now, and also gives some great tips, resources, and shares some insights about the LC in Your Back Pocket Program. It's worth the watch!
So, take advantage of my offer. Sign up to keep us in your back pocket. You will not regret it. And it's free, so no brainer, right!?
#3: We Made Our Services Even More Affordable than Ever
Ok, I know, I said it. Breastfeeding is critical right now. I always think breastfeeding is very important, but right now I am extra committed to my clients' success. (Ok, really I always am... but you get my point.) To make our support even more accessible we are NOW OFFERING PAYMENT PLANS FOR ALL SERVICES. This is actually a really big deal because it's something we wouldn't do until now. But we really want to make sure everyone can access this. We broke down the payment plans to be more affordable than your Starbucks habit. (Yep, I went there.) So, really, you have no excuse.
Long story short... You've GOT THIS. And we're more available than ever to be there to help.
I'm Kelly Maher Carvell, Successful Breastfeeding LLC's founder, and lactation expert. I've made it my personal mission to reach as many parents as possible (like you!) to prepare you for your Successful Breastfeeding Journey. Thank you for allowing me and my team to support you. Before you leave the blog grab one of my FREEBIES like my Prenatal Success Kit or the Pump More Milk for Your Stash Guide. You've got this and I'm here to help!
Kelly Maher, CLC, CLE
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