Most if not all new parents will tell you that navigating through those first few days after bringing home a new baby is anything but easy! Even for the most experienced parents, bringing home a new baby means new routines, new things to learn about your new baby and just trying to figure out how to manage it all.
Sometimes mom has had complication during childbirth or a cesarean section or even just trouble latching baby to the breast. These things may make the transition even more challenging. Often families try and tackle this time all on their own or they try and have friends and family help out when possible, but this doesn’t always work out.
This is where a postpartum doula can step in and be the support families are looking for. Postpartum doulas assist families after bringing home their new baby, whether through birth or adoption. A postpartum doula to provide you with resources, education, and an extra set of helping hands. With this kind of support this time can be a positive and enjoyable experience for everyone!
What Services Does a Postpartum Doula Provide?
The main goal of a postpartum doula is to “Mother the Mother”. This includes nurturing the mother and her family as they transition into a new life with their newborn. This would include helping mom and dad feel confident in their new roles, providing evidence-based information to educate them on all things baby and parenting, and attending to the unique needs of mom as she recovers from giving birth.
A postpartum doula will tailor her services and role to each individual families needs.
Services a Postpartum Doula Provides:
Emotional and physical support and guidance through recovery
Newborn care, including diapering, bathing, and soothing techniques
Breastfeeding, pumping, and/or bottle-feeding support
Guidance in reading and understanding baby cues
An extra set of experienced hands to help with baby while mom and family rest
Light house keeping
Light meal preparation
Baby wearing support and education
Referrals to community resources
And so much more!
Most postpartum doulas provide services for families anywhere from a few days up several months after baby’s birth, and some even provide support up to a year. Some families have their doula work 1-3 days a week, while others may need the support 5 to 7 days a week.
Postpartum doulas often offer night time services as well to help the family transition more smoothly into the challenges of parenting at night. Each doula offers different services, so it is important to find a doula that meets the needs of your family.
It is important for families to have this type of postpartum support so they can f focus on the important things like resting and recovering from birth, bonding with your new baby, and gaining your footing as a new parent.
For more information on the postpartum services I provide visit my website under Postpartum Doula.