Postpartum Doula Services
What is a Postpartum Doula? And do I really need one?
A postpartum doula provides evidenced-based, non-judgmental support and baby care, such as: infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, parent-baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care. Research shows that family units have an easier transition if a good support team is in place.
Whether this is your first baby, or you are an experienced parent, introducing a newborn into your home means changing routines, dividing your time, and learning how to settle into your new "normal". This is where a postpartum doula can be a huge help, especially if you had a cesarean delivery or any other birth complications. A postpartum doula can let your primary focus be on your recovery for faster healing and less down-time, while still soaking up every minute of your newborn.
You still get to be the primary caregiver, a Postpartum Doula is an extra set of hands who has specialized training and knowledge regarding your postpartum recovery and care of your newborn. If wanted, your Doula can make suggestions and give you tips and tricks, but will NEVER try to enforce a certain type of parenting style on you. Doula's guide, support, and most importantly encourage.
What services does a Postpartum Doula provide?
As a Postpartum Doula, I offer a wide array of services, but the main goal is to nurture the entire family as they transition into life with a(nother) newborn. This would include doing things to help parents feel more confident in their roles, sharing education on family adjustment, and tending to the unique needs after birth and during lactation.
Some of the duties include:
Lactation and feeding support (breastfeeding, chest-feeding, bottle feeding, pumping, etc.)
Diaper changing, infant bathing, infant dressing, infant laundry
Infant soothing skills
Coping skills for new parents and the ability to recognize and provide resources for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders
Listening skills (The power and value of having a good listener in your home while you go through a major life transition is huge!)
Making appropriate clinical and wellness referrals, when necessary
Running baby and home-related errands
Meal preparation for parents
Baby wearing skills
Help with care of other siblings
Accompanying parent(s) and infant to pediatrician or midwife/doctor appointments
Nurturing the new parent
Help with physical and emotional recovery from birth
Help to achieve your parenting goals
Referrals to local resources such as parenting classes, pediatricians, lactation support, and support groups
And so much more!
What is the difference between a Postpartum Doula and a Baby Nurse?
A Postpartum Doula has the skills and knowledge to provide physical and emotional recovery care for the birthing parent, newborn care, and support for partners and siblings as the whole family transitions into parenthood. While a baby nurse is hired solely to care for the infant.
I have family/friend support, is there still a need for a Postpartum Doula?
Hired support could never replace the level of support and love you will receive from family and friends, but a Postpartum Doula can still play an integral role in your recovery and journey into parenthood.
Postpartum Doula's support the whole family unit, from live-in members to visiting members. In the days and weeks following your baby's arrival, your family and friends can focus on bonding with your new addition while the Doula handles the other needs of the new parents.
More importantly, doulas also provide current, evidence-based recommendations and information about things like safe sleep practices, baby wearing advice, car seat safety, and breastmilk storage and formula preparation guidelines. We’re also here as a safe, judgement-free place and supportive shoulder to lean on when you need to ask questions, share your concerns or worries, and begin to process your birth story.
Can a Postpartum Doula diagnose postpartum depression? Can a Postpartum Doula help me deal with postpartum depression?
Postpartum Doula's cannot diagnose or give medical advice and cannot replace medication/therapy needed to overcome postpartum depression. Please contact your doctor if you think you are experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety.
However, Postpartum Doula's are trained to recognize the characteristic and symptoms of postpartum mood disorders and can offer recommendations to community support groups in your area and provide evidence-based information regarding the emotional and physical recovery of birth. Any recommendations/information given by a Postpartum Doula cannot be used to replace professional medical treatment.
I don't think I can afford to hire a Postpartum Doula, but would greatly benefit from the services you provide... What can I do?
My support services have many layers, text/email support starts at just $20/hour. Some issues/needs can be addressed with minimal intervention, and this might be a great option for you! I offer gift certificates and invitation inserts, so your loved ones can gift you my services! I am also a Partner on Be Her Village; a groundbreaking gift registry to provide new parents with the support they truly need! Create a FREE gift registry and add local services (like mine) for your loved ones to gift you.
Please, please reach out to me directly and let's talk! I whole heartedly believe no one should be deprived of Postpartum care due to income constraints.
Look over 'The Green Bottle' Sliding Fee Scale below and see where you may fall. We will discuss financial responsibility based on this scale during our conversation. The type of services you are looking for will also be a factor.
*Please be advised, proof of income may be requested to ensure this opportunity isn't taken advantage of*