Here’s how to use your postpartum volunteer coordination sheet:

  1. Save the spreadsheet to your Google Drive.
  2. Rename it something like “Postpartum Sign-up Sheet for [your name] + Baby [baby’s name].”
  3. IMPORTANT: Click on the “Share” button in the top right. Make sure under “General access” it says “Anyone with the link” and that in the dropdown next to that, you have “Editor” selected. This will make it so people will be able to edit the spreadsheet (to put their name and time in) when you send them the link.
  4. On the spreadsheet, in the box that starts with “Thank you for offering to help us” change the times to match your preferred schedule.
    • Right now it says “Anytime between 9:00am and 6:00pm will be good most days” so if that doesn’t work for you, make sure to change it!
  5. In the yellow cell (A5), put the first date you want help (e.g. 12/6/23).
    • This could be the first day after your husband/partner has to go back to work, the day after your mom leaves, if she comes to help, or any day you choose, really, as soon as you want extra helpers to come.
    • DON’T CHANGE ANY OTHER CELLS IN COLUMN A. The rest of the dates will update when you put something in the yellow cell.
  6. In the column labeled “What we need help with,” fill it in however you want.
    • If you have things you need done on specific days – like going to get a Walmart pickup order – put it on that specific day.
    • If you want help cleaning the house but it doesn’t matter when, put it on the soonest day that doesn’t have something else or on whichever day you most want people to come.
    • If you have ingredients in the fridge that need to be used up, put “food prep” on one day.
    • And so on!