Liz Stinson, Menlo Park, CA
I have never been able to recommend any service provider or business as heartily as I am able to recommend Caroline Meagher. It is some of the best money I've ever spent as it has provided a baseline education for me in caring for a newborn – my very own child. It has also made the process way more fun and much less stressful as I'm able to enjoy the baby, get my (many) questions answered from an expert, and also receive excellent care myself in the process.
Let me give you some background. At first I hadn't realized that I would need day help. I had already hired a night nurse or postpartum doula to help me from 11 PM to 7 AM. Help I would especially need as a single mom. When I got an unplanned C-section (and faced the risk of reduced mobility), I realized I needed some day help as well.
At first I was thinking I needed a mommy's helper – someone to cook a little bit and clean, walk the dog, help around the house, that sort of thing. However, as I spent my allotted four nights in the hospital recovering and beginning to get to know my baby, I had a stunning realization: I had almost no idea how to care for a newborn and even holding them was a challenge!
In spite of my advanced years and multiple degrees, I simply had extremely little experience caring for newborns. THAT was what I needed. Someone who could guide and instruct me in swaddling the baby, burping her, how to get her to sleep, when to put her to sleep, what different cries meant, sponge baths, regular baths, breast-feeding, taking her out, in the car, in the stroller, all of it. The realization was precipitated by a particular afternoon in which my baby was crying and crying and I had no idea how to soothe her. That was when I (gratefully, in hindsight) realized how out of my depth I was!
Enter Caroline. Caroline has 38 years of experience in caring for children. She is a parental coach, postpartum doula (someone focused on nurturing and caring for the entire new family unit), offers lactation support and has extensive experience with sleep consulting as well. In addition to all of this, she is a fine woman – wonderful to have around, very easy and supportive manner, extremely hard work ethic, and a huge commitment to empowering her clients – that is, to working herself out of a job. Which is exactly what happened in our case.
I went from knowing nothing to being extremely confident with caring for my baby in a few short weeks. Caroline has also set us up with excellent habits from the beginning that will encourage and promote the kind of sleep habits I want for my daughter. She's helping me set up schedules and routines, and gain confidence in taking my baby out into the world – via stroller, carrier or car seat! She even gave me terrific tips on traveling with my baby, gear I might need, other gear that would be wonderful to have, plus gear I don't need!
I have 100% confidence that whatever your child care needs, she would be a tremendous support and huge asset to your family. She is extremely knowledgeable and has therefore helped me get educated in this vastly new domain.
The difference really is between going through these early weeks with my child in a stressed and anxious and overtired way versus feeling and being extremely well cared for myself and therefore able to confidently and lovingly engage with my child.