What is a Postpartum Doula?
The Postpartum Doula is a trained professional that offers physical, emotional and informational support to a new family after the birth of their baby. Postpartum Doula Services include:
Why Hire a Postpartum Doula?
Many new families lack the continuity of care they need following the birth of their baby. The postpartum doula helps meet this need by educating, nurturing, and empowering mothers and families towards confidence in their new roles.
The Postpartum Doula’s job is to make the transition to parenthood easier for new parents, to help mom during her recovery period and to ascertain what the family needs help with and provide the instruction.
The main objective of the Postpartum Doula’s role is not to take over complete care of the newborn, but to educate and support the family so that they will feel empowered to care for their newborn themselves. Postpartum Doulas do NOT offer any medical advice or perform any medical or clinical procedures, but instead can offer parents referrals to appropriate studies and published books.
Statistics show that women who have support during the postpartum period tend to have less postpartum depression, breastfeed for a longer duration, and make a better adjustment to parenthood.
Finding a Postpartum Doula
It is important to find a doula that supports your parenting philosophy. You should be comfortable and confident with your doula. During an initial interview it is important to ask questions of your potential doula to make sure she is the doula for you.
Following are some suggested questions for a potential doula:
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