Postpartum Doula's... what is a postpartum doula?
POSTPARTUM DOULA'S ROLE
Postpartum doula's main role is to nurture the new mom post birth! A postpartum doula is there to help ease the mom and parents into new life with a newborn. This may look like, infant care, feeding support, household duties, sibling care, dog walking, etc. A postpartum doula can also provide overnight care so that you can get a full nights rest! Typically you hire a postpartum doula for a minimum of 3 to 4 hrs during the day and 8 hrs minimum during the night.
Below are some ways that a postpartum doula can be there for you,
Non-judgmental emotional, evidence based support - Whether you need someone to just sit a listen as you process your emotions, feelings and birth or have general newborn questions such as needing help with feeding, sleeping, swaddling, bath time, etc. a Postpartum Doula is there for you.
Infant, newborn care and sibling care - Mama & parents, as much as you are enjoying that precious time with your baby, you need some time for yourself as well! You may just really be craving an undisturbed nap, or a bath, maybe you just need some quiet time to yourself, or possibly siblings just need some entertaining for a bit. A postpartum doula will step in and provide quality infant, newborn and sibling care while you and your partner take some time for yourself.
Breast-feeding & bottle support - whether you are breast-feeding, bottle feeding or both a postpartum doula is trained to provide feeding support to help you and baby feel more confident. This may be working on babies latch, developing a eating schedule, making sure baby is getting enough milk, addressing any discomfort while breastfeeding and any other questions or concerns you may have.
Household Support - Many postpartum Doula's provide general household support, this could look like taking out the trash, walking the dog, laundry, meal prep and evening running to the store to pick-up groceries or household goods!
Overnight Care - Many postpartum doulas provide overnight care so that you and your partner can get a good nights rest! If you are breastfeeding the doula will bring baby to you when it's time to feed so that you don't even have to leave the bed! If bottle feeding, doula will bottle feed baby, while you catch up on your sleep. The doula may also attend to laundry, light household chores and meal prep if you wish for that. The doula can also cook you a nourishing breakfast to have upon waking!
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