This video below (link), while very funny, also highlights how hectic the postpartum time in the hospital can be. One doula mentioned her client counted 60 interruptions in 24 hours! The support at the hospital before going home can be so very helpful and important, especially if you are a first-time parent, but when you are recovering, the frequent disruptions can also be really aggravating. I have been known to suggest that parents make a plan with their favorite (charge) nurse to schedule uninterrupted downtime when no one is allowed in for 2-4 hours, from the pediatrician to housekeeping. Make a plan: It really helps!
In case you are wondering about having your little one go to the nursery so you can sleep, did you know that data collected from a two-group comparison study indicated that mothers did not sleep longer or better when their infants were returned to the nursery during the night?
There is much to say about sleeping, or the lack thereof, after having a baby. No one can completely prepare you for how this really feels for sure. One fantastic postpartum nurse taught me that as long as you get an accumulated 6 hours of sleep over a 24-hour period of time, you will be OK. Tired still, but OK. This really does mean sleeping when the baby sleeps initially and having a plan in place for support and downtime. Covid may put some restrictions on this but taking turns with your partner and/or family members, having a friend come for an hour or two, and/or hiring professional help are all ways to get an extra few hours in.
How was your experience?