Adding a new baby to your family brings many challenges and a steep learning curve. A postpartum doula brings peace and calm, and teaches YOU how to create this in your home! Your postpartum doula is the extra pair of hands that parents need at this pivotal time. As an expert in what is "normal," your postpartum doula can help you assess how you and your family are doing, then guide you with appropriate referrals.
What is a Postpartum Doula?
A Postpartum Doula is a childbirth professional who comes to your home after your baby is born, to provide physical, informational and emotional support. We perform tasks such as meal preparation and light housekeeping, and are able to fill in many other gaps that your family may have during the postpartum period.
What does a Postpartum Doula actually *do* for me?
Postpartum care: Learn how to care for your new baby, bathe, swaddle, sooth and give infant massages. I assess breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, and also care for baby while you rest or get cleaned up.
Education: Up-to-date factual information on newborns, emotional and tactical support for families by doing light housekeeping which can include laundry, house tidying, sweeping, cooking meals, dishes and assisting parents with the care of older siblings.
Lactation Support: Assessment of latch, milk transfer, trouble-shooting, and emotional support.
Overnight Assistance: Sometimes new parents need to re-set their body clock. I am available overnights, and can bring a nursing babe to mom, then settle him back to sleep.
Why Would I Need One?
After your baby is born, your body will be healing from the childbirth experience and your family will be adjusting to life with a newborn. Whether this is your first child or your fifth, there are bound to be elements of the postpartum period that are challenging. Having a postpartum doula attend to things can allow the mother to focus on bonding with her new baby. Our doulas are especially aware of the needs of the new mother and growing family, and have the skills to support those needs.
How Does It Work?
Contact our postpartum doula to arrange and interview and register for services. Once your baby is born, notify your postpartum doula and make plans for when you would like her to visit. Our visits occur in two-hour increments and can be scheduled at your convenience in the days, weeks or even months after your baby is born. Postpartum doula services make a great gift, as well. Some women notify their friends and family that this service would be useful to them.