As soon as I had gotten pregnant I booked my doula - and another very well recommended Post Partum Doula. I guess I was scared of being stuck with a screaming baby all by myself over the Christmas and New Years holidays. Of course nothing goes as planned, so I was not surprised that the post partum doula called me recently to drop out. I was a little annoyed but understood completely. She wanted to help another family (instead of me) where the mother is desperately ill.
I posted a job description - for some baby help - though to be honest I was not really sure what to ask for - Do I need a super qualified nanny - a cheff - a chauffeur or just someone to offer some basic friendly support. I had quite a ton of replies. Most of them completely unsuitable - It didn't take more than a second to see that most of the people were far from my cup of tea!
Then I was recommended to another post partum doula - I met with her, and instantaneously knew that I would be happy to pay her NOT To come Anywhere Near my house. She lectured me on child rearing, instructed me how I was supposed to do this and that - and then proceeded to inform me on how she was planning to be debt free by May and so really needed to work for me - It was as much as I could do to tell her I was feeling sick and must get home - but I couldn't get her to stop talking! After this meeting I was a little hesitant to call back any of the candidates who replied to my job posting.
However today I plucked up the courage to start interviewing - I haven't been or felt sick for a whole three days - and found the energy to call and meet the most lovely girl. I liked her immediately - and she is available to help me at weekends. She said "I will do anything you want me to - especially if you show me how you want it done." It seems that she is studying early childhood education, belongs to a lovely church, has experience with babies - is smart, and I really enjoyed her company. I am so relieved - and extremely happy!
Now to find me someone who can help during the week! And an extra in case one of these drops out!