What Is A Postpartum Doula?
A postpartum doula provides evidence based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother & baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.
A postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first few days & weeks after bringing home a new baby. Research shows that moms, dads & babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team is in place.
What Type Of Services Does A Postpartum Doula Provide?
The postpartum doula offers many services to her clients, but her main goals are to help “mother to mother”, and nurture the entire family as they transition into life with a newborn. This would include doing things to help mom and dad feel more confident in their roles, sharing education on family adjustment and tending to the unique needs of a new mother.
A postpartum doula works with each family individually to find out their particular needs. Some of the duties that a postpartum doula will perform include:
* Breastfeeding support
* Help with the physical and emotional recovery after birth
* Light housekeeping so that mom does not feel overwhelmed
* Running errands
* Assistance with newborn care such as diapering, bathing, feeding, and comforting
* Light meal preparation
* Baby soothing techniques
* Sibling care
* Referrals to local resources