Being a parent has never been a walk in the park, but separated from our normal support systems, it feels like it's never been more challenging. Thankfully, there is help out there — virtually. There are many parent-run small businesses with vital parenting services adapting to the quarantine by offering remote assistance.
With interpersonal contact no longer feasible in most situations due to the dangerous nature of the coronavirus, businesses are forced to adapt to virtual methods so that parents have the help they need, and also so those businesses can stay afloat. And no one understands the dual pressures of parenting and providing quite like other parents. They understand both the immediate need for help in certain areas — like breastfeeding and birth — but also understand that they all need a little bit of grace from time to time. These businesses are acutely aware of the need of both.
These services run the gamut for parenting needs, from breastfeeding issues to postpartum doulas to sleep training. All of them are parent-owned and operated, and open for business right now — even if that business looks and operates a little bit differently during our current quarantine situation. They are adapting.