Woman Says She Hires A Night Nurse So She Can Have ‘Mum Time.’
A woman who says she hires a doula every night between 8pm and 6pm so she can have ‘mum time’ has faced a backlash of criticism from mums who say she shouldn’t be passing on her parenting duties to a night nurse. Do you agree?
American mum Brittany Bright shared a video about her night routine with her baby on Twitter which shows her prepping bottles for her two-month-old son and then leaving the baby to the doula from 8pm to 6am.
Bright captions the post: “There are zero happenings between 8pm and 6am because I’m usually ASLEEP, OK?” She also added: “Postpartum Nighttime Doulas do a lot more than just take care of the baby throughout the night. It’s important you find one who fits you and your family’s needs!”
A typical night with our postpartum doula.
There’s zero happenings between 8pm – 6am b/c I’m usually SLEEP, ok?! 😂 pic.twitter.com/0JLygJ2e2a
— Brittany | Influencer Marketing + Social Media (@MissBeeBright) November 19, 2021
The video was been viewed over 1.6 million times with many viewers commenting on Bright’s decision to pass on night duties to a doula every evening.
While some supported the mum for making time for herself others thought it was the epitome of financial privilege.
“Say you rich without saying you rich,” said one commenter.
“Would totally do this if I could afford it. but it’s NOT realistic,” added another.
“The amount of young mothers I know would maintain healthier lives if they could afford this,” one commenter said.
“Doula care from a reproductive/birth justice framework is NOT supposed to be luxurious,” another added.
Another posted: “Imagine if all mothers had access to services like this.”
”I don’t agree with this mum passing on parental duties to someone else,” noted one mum.
Bright reacted to the comments by saying the doula was not a new addition to the family and in fact she had been with her for most of her pregnancy.
She also goes on to say that motherhood is not a competition as to who struggles the most and that she’s “proud” of herself for seeking the help she needs.
“Ask for help,” she said. “There’s nothing wrong with it.”
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