The Kitten Doula

My community is tight knit. Everyone in my neighborhood knows I am a doula. I am often stopped and asked how to help grandchildren or friends babies as I am walking the dog or playing with my own children in the yard. I secretly love it. I love that my community knows what I do and values me and my profession.

It is because of this reputation as a helper and expert in babies that my neighbor Robin stopped by this week. You see, her son found a kitten and they did not know what to do. The mother was no where to be found and she was obviously too little to be on her own. So they brought her to me for my expertise in babies.

I have only worked with human babies, I have no idea how to take care of this kitten. So my husband and I hop on google and get researching. We estimate that this little baby is only about 3 weeks old based on her wobbly walk, open eyes, and ears that still fold over ever so slightly.

As it tuns out, taking care of a kitten is very similar to taking care of your human newborn. Every 2-3 hours I mix  up special kitten formula and feed her from a dropper. About halfway through, I gently pat or rub her back to burp her. After she has eaten we take a warm, wet cotton ball and gently rub her vulva to help her release urine (like a mother cat would do). After that, we swaddle her and snuggle her back to sleep.

It has been a week and what a difference! She is starting to toddle around more and even become playful. It looks like kitty will make it and at some point we will have to give her a name. As for me, I think I will now forever be known in the neighborhood as the kitten doula.

 

Serving: Adamstown,  Amish country, Berks, Elizabethtown, Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster, Leola, New Holland, Reading, York

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