What is a Postpartum Doula?
“Postpartum Doulas are trained professionals that provides physical, emotional, and spiritual, support and guidance to a new mother and the rest of the family. The Postpartum Doula is a reference point, assistant and resource for the family in the postpartum period. In addition, the Postpartum Doula will also provide breastfeeding support, light household chores, nurture and advice where the family has questions about newborn care and support other members of the family.”
Many scientific trials examining postpartum care have found positive outcomes for mother, baby and family, both physically and psychologically. Doulas have a real influence and impact on the health of the entire family. For more information, see a list of resources HERE.
What Does a Doula Do or Not Do?
Doulas “mother the mother.” While performing our role as a doula:
- Provides non-judgmental support
- Gives evidence based information and provides sources for information
- Breastfeeding and Bottle-feeding support
- Newborn Care
- Enhanced Baby Bonding
- Emotional Support for transitioning mom, baby and family
- Essential Oils and Herbs for healing
- Meal prepping and light housecleaning
It is also important to understand what doulas do NOT do:
- Doulas are NOT medical professionals
- We do not perform clinical tasks such as checking blood pressure or administering medications to you or your baby
- We do not give medical advice or diagnose conditions
- We do not take over the role of husband or partner
- We do not take over 100% of care for baby
- We do not give our opinions unless asked