Be prepared—caring for a newborn while recovering from childbirth is not easy. Before you get overwhelmed, seek assistance from one or more of these mother’s helpers.
■ What she does Cares for newborn; instructs and supports mother; performs light household chores. Doulas of North America (DONA) offers training and certification.
■ How to find one Ask your friends, childbirth educator or doctor, or search by ZIP code at dona.org. Average cost: $30 per hour.