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:
- Feeding education and support of the newborn
- Emotional support and encouragement for the mother
- Family nurturing
- Instruction to mom and/or other family members in the characteristics and care of a newborn
- Advice and practical support on self-care, nutrition and postpartum healing
- Light housekeeping, laundry, meal planning/preparation and errands
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 when the doula is not there to help.
Statistics show that women who have support during the postpartum period tend to have lower rates of postpartum mood disorders, breastfeed for a longer duration, have deeper bonds with the baby and their partner, and make a better adjustment to parenthood.
For Love of Baby Postpartum Doulas
All of the postpartum doulas at For Love of Baby are CAPPA trained and certified or working towards certification. This provides assurance that your postpartum doula has the skills and integrity to support your family in a professional and caring way. They all have differing types of experience and philosophies. This provides a well rounded choice of doulas to make sure there is a doula to fit every family.