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Postpartum Doula

As your postpartum doula I will graciously ease the burdens of daily life so you can concentrate on your baby.

I can be very hands-on helping parents and baby directly, through breastfeeding advice, sleep advice, and mother/baby care or I can be more behind the scenes and help with all the chores and tasks such as cooking, babysitting, running errands, laundry, pet care and even doing light housework. The early weeks after bringing a baby home are special yet challenging.  Many first time parents feel overwhelmed, especially after the sleep deprivation sets in! Hiring a postpartum doula is a true gift to yourself and also to baby.

What do postpartum doulas do?

What a postpartum doula does changes from day to day, as the needs of the family change. Postpartum doulas do whatever a mother needs to best enjoy and care for her new baby. A large part of their role is education. They share information about baby care with parents, as well as teach siblings and partners to “mother the mother.” They assist with breastfeeding education. Postpartum doulas also make sure the mother is fed, well hydrated and comfortable.

How long does a postpartum doula spend with a family?

Doula support can last anywhere from one or two visits to more than three months.

What hours can I expect a doula to work with my family?

Some doulas work fulltime, with 9 to 5 shifts. Others work three to five hour shifts during the day, or after school shifts until Dad gets home. Some doulas work evenings from around 6 pm until bedtime, 9 or 10 pm., and some work overnight. Some doulas work every day, some work one or more shifts per week.

How does a doula nurture the parents into their roles?

Self-confidence has a tremendous impact on a person’s ability to approach any task, and parenting is no different. DONA International doulas are taught to always consider parents’ feelings and always build confidence whenever possible. Doulas accomplish this through praise, acceptance and a non-judgmental approach. In addition, the doula will teach parents strategies and skills that will improve their ability to bond with their babies. A calm baby who is growing well will help parents to feel more confident in their skills.

How do postpartum doulas work with a mother’s partner?

A doula respects the partner’s role and input, and teaches concrete skills that will help the partner nurture the baby and mother. The doula will share evidence-based information with the partner that shows how his or her role in the early weeks will have a dramatic positive effect on the family.