Whats a Postpartum Doula
A Postpartum Doula is a support person for not only mother/ parent and new baby but for the family as well from the first few days, weeks and months after bring how a new baby. A Postpartum Doula also provides unbiased educated and evidence information so the mother can make an informed decision on what is in the best interest of herself and her baby. A Postpartum Doula can help to facilitate communication between the mother and her care provider and work as an advocate. They look after the newborn so that mom/parents can rest, replenish and recharge knowing that their bundle of joy is safe and cared for. Research shows that moms, dads, and babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team is in place.
A Postpartum Doula also provides support with: infant feeding, burping, emotional and physical recovery from birth, and mother-baby bonding. Laundry, dishes, housework, cooking, errands (discuss in the contract). "Essentially, we mother the new mother, nurturing her so she can nurture her precious new baby"
WHAT POSTPARTUM DOULAS DO
With the many services offered by a Postpartum Doula one of the most important is to help “mother the mother” and nurture the entire family as they transition into life with a newborn. Postpartum Doulas help provide the tools for parents to feel more confident in their roles, sharing education on family adjustment, and tending to the unique needs of a new mother. While doing so the Postpartum Doula respects the parenting style of the family, provides opportunities for the mother to ask questions or express concerns, and provides encouragement.
A Postpartum Doula works with each family individually to find out their particular needs.
Light meal preparation
Help with the emotional and physical recovery after birth
Light housekeeping so that mom does not feel so overwhelmed
Assistance with newborn care such as diapering, bathing, feeding and comforting
Baby soothing techniques
Caring For Baby While You Rest
Newborn Education & Safety
Managing Twins & Multiples
Bottle Preparation & Feeding
Proper Milk and Formula Storage
Cleaning Bottles and Pumping Supplies
Cleaning and Sanitizing Baby Products
Setting up and Putting together Baby Equipment
Referrals to local resources such as parenting classes, pediatricians, lactation support and support groups
Over Night / 24 hour Care
Establishing Good Sleep Habits
Setting up a Healthy Routine
Sleep planning and schedule management
Safe Sleep Guidelines
Additional Postpartum Support: Postpartum Recovery / Bengkung Belly Binding
As a Postpartum Doula and Certified Newborn Care Specialist, one of my most important roles is to help “mother the mother” and nurture the entire family as they transition into life with a newborn. I ’m confident that I can provide physical and emotional support, along with advocating, and helping with your parental decisions during these precious moments of life.
I am also certified in Bengkung Belly Binding which allows me to help additional during postpartum recovery.