What is a Postpartum Doula?
A Postpartum Doula works beside mom and dad to help them succeed at making the home a peaceful place in the first days of family bonding. Childbirth can be an poignant and very tiring time. A Postpartum Doula can be a wonderful helper and friend for a new mother and for her family.
The role of a Postpartum Doula is to "Mother the New Mother." As a supportive non-judgemental, she assists the new mother with her recovery from the birth experience, allowing her to focus on the needs of the new baby. Helping the new family by demonstrating practical newborn care and supporting the method of feeding the mother has chosen is another aspect of Postpartum Doula care. A postpartum doula can also be used to perform household tasks while mother gets her much needed rest.
A Postpartum Doula draws upon her personal experiences and professional training with parents request advice or assistance. I will only offer recommendations if asked. Empowering mom and dad to feel strong and confident about parenting is a Postpartum Doula's main goal.
Postpartum Doula Services
Help mom care for her postpartum body
Massage mom's shoulders or feet
Talk over the birth experience and document it if parents want
Help and assist with breastfeeding
Help with tending to the new baby
Listen to the birth story
Authenticate the normal adjustment process
Support mom through emotional vulnerability
Support dad through conversion to new role
Help siblings adjust to the presence of the baby
Help mom learn to feed her baby
Demonstrate infant care techniques
Information on newborn care recommendations
Support parents individual nurturing styles
Help with pet care
Can tailor services to meet specific family needs
24 hour a day telephone support is provided with all Postpartum Doula contracts
A Postpartum Doula is especially helpful when mom is recovering from a cesarean delivery.
A Postpartum Doula Does Not:
Diagnose medical conditions for the mother or the baby, but will refer you to a healthcare provider
Take over the care of the baby, but assists you in learning to care for your baby's needs
Do heavy cleaning such as mopping or cleaning tubs.
Advance money for purchases, but asks you to provide cash for groceries, etc.