After giving birth a mother needs rest, calm and support. Not easy after such a physically demanding experience, short nights, constant visits and sometimes difficult start at breastfeeding. Our modern society calls for a return to "normal life" as soon as mother and baby leave the hospital. In reality, body and soul need a lot longer to adjust to this new life, whether it is for the first child or not.
Based on ancestral traditions which used to accompany new mothers during 40 days after birth, my post-natal new mother care encompasses many services in order to cocoon and support the new mother in her role. In Germany, this profession, called Mütterpflegerin, can be learned during a year-long training based on midwifery practices. I was trained myself by the GFG Institute in Berlin (Gesellschaft für Geburtsvorbereitung). With a prescription from your gynecologist or midwife, these services can be financially subsidized by your German public health insurance.
Discover below what my new mother care services entail...
As a Mütterpflegerin, my role is to listen to the new mother and value her experience. Pregnancy and birth can reveal unexpected feelings and thoughts, which need to be taken into account without judgement. I am here to hold space for the new mother, enable her to express her emotions, in a reassuring and warm setting.
Home-made, healthy and nutritious meals are key for a new mother's recovery. I prepare them with care and make sure to respect the family's food preferences or allergies. I am also here to relieve the mother of the tasks which might be too taxing physically, be it folding the laundry or popping to the nearby pharmacy. .
A new mother is so busy taking care of her baby that she often forgets taking care of herself. With the help of relaxation techniques and massages, I relieve mums from any stress they might feel in the postpartum period. I also give them tools to relax and take care of themselves in the long-run so they are stronger for themselves and their families.
When should I book this service?
If you are interested in this service, I recommend that you contact me during your pregnancy, as I usually plan my schedule a few months or weeks in advance. If the birth is close or has already happened, feel free to drop me a line anyway, I may have last-minute availability.
How do I contact you?
Send me an email with your name, address, due date and the name of your health insurance. After a quick phone call to clarify some details, we will meet (usually at your place) so we can get to know each other and see whether we would like to work together, as well as define the details (length of services, how many hours a day, what type of services etc).
How long do you usually support new mothers?
This can be defined individually between the mother and I. I recommend however a minimum of 24 hours, to be used in increments of 3 hours minimum.
What days and what time of day are you available?
This needs to also be defined between the mother and I. However, as I have young children myself, I can usually only work between the hours of 9am and 3pm, and only Monday to Friday.
Where are these services available?
I work primarily in Prenzlauer Berg and neighboring areas.
How can I ask my health insurance to cover some of the costs?
First you have to be insured in the german public insurance system. You need to ask your health insurance for the form "Antrag aux Haushaltshilfe" before the birth or as soon as the baby is born. This form will need to be signed after birth either by the hospital where you give birth or by your gynecologist, and then sent to your health insurance for approval.
What if I am insured in the private system?
You can also benefit from my services, but would have to pay privately.
"Elodie accompanied me and my baby as Mütterpflegerin last year, after I gave birth to our second child and endured severe complications right after the birth. Elodie’s support still turned out to be immensely precious. Even after a first child, you forget how much help you can do with in the first few weeks at home with a small baby!
Thanks to her kindness, her gentleness, her ability to listen and give only well-intended, non-judgmental advice, and her rock-solid good mood, Elodie definitely made my days lighter and happier.
Although her scope of action is quite extensive, we decided to focus on much needed conversation and psychological support, some baby care allowing me simple yet nearly impossible things when alone with a newborn baby, such as showering, and support with the preparation of meals for our family. Cause Elodie is a fantastic cook too!
Thank you Elodie with all our heart"
Florence, mother of Emil
Baby in Berlin, Family Care & Concierge: helping families from all walks of life and from around the world find their feet in Berlin and Germany during pregnancy, through birth and in the early family years. Offering assistance with pregnancy questions, paperwork, mother care and contacts for a happy and stress-free start as a family in Germany!
Elodie Roux Heineck, Baby in Berlin, Schönhauser Allee 74, c/o maternita, 10437 Berlin