I generally work for between 2 and 4 weeks with clients, and I work 5/6 days a week normally, so that I can catch up on my sleep and the family have a little private time.
Every client is different, and has different ideas about how they want to bring up baby, which I respect. I've worked with single parent and same sex families. Families where Dad is commuting overseas to work each week, and those where Dad is struggling to work from home. Some mothers are looking for support to help them establish breastfeeding, and others want someone to help them bottle feed, without making them feel they have failed in some way. I've supported families who have a very relaxed approach, and feed baby on demand, and others who want me to wake baby every 3 hours round the clock to ensure they get her into a routine asap as Mum needs to get back to work asap.
I like to think that I offer non-judgemental, flexible support to all my families, as every birth, every baby, and every family is different, and I try and respond to individual needs, which have included helping with shopping, dog walking, looking after older siblings, undertaking all the night feeds and cooking simple meals for the family.
My main aim is to try and ensure that the family enjoy a relaxing 'babymoon period' without any undue pressures at this precious time.