What is a postpartum doula?
Welcoming a new baby (or babies) is exciting but can also be overwhelming. Support is a crucial piece of your recovery and a postpartum doula can help everyone to adjust to this new time in your lives!
A postpartum doula is a non-medical person who provides support during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. The word doula is Greek and means “woman’s servant.” I think that is an incredible way to phrase it – serving women (and all parents!) during an incredibly vulnerable and beautiful stage of life! Overall, the main role of a postpartum doula is to provide support in whatever ways the family needs most. This is done by offering non-judgmental, evidence-based support and working with families to determine what is most important. Some of the ways in which a postpartum doula may help include:
• emotional and physical recovery
• attachment and bonding between mama and baby
• listening to your birth story and helping you process
• feeding support, including breastfeeding/chestfeeding and bottle feeding
• basic babywearing help
• newborn care, including bathing, diapering and soothing
• light housework such as laundry and dishes
• preparing meals
• running errands
• sibling care
• education and resources
• offer referrals as needed
A doula can also support you during your pregnancy while you are on bed rest, pregnant with multiples, have a high-risk pregnancy, or in other situations where you need an extra hand. Services are similar to postpartum support tasks and may include:
• meal preparation, including freezer meals
• laundry and closet organization
• light housework such as laundry, dishes, and general tidying
• running errands and purchasing needed supplies
• education and resources to prepare for birth and baby
Sibling Doula Services
If you are interested in having your older child(ren) with you during your labor and/or delivery, but are concerned you won’t have care for them or want your partner to be able to focus on you, a sibling doula can be a wonderful investment! A sibling doula, however, is not a replacement for a birth doula.
The rate for sibling doula services is $400, with additional costs for more than one child.
Contact me to talk about supporting your child as you prepare to welcome your new baby!
The following services are included:
• 24/7 on call support beginning at 37 weeks
• 24 hours of continuous care during your labor and delivery, day or night
• One hour long consultation with you and your child before labor begins
• Preparing your child for the labor, delivery, and new baby by reading books and doing other activities
• One hour long consultation with you and your child once you are home with baby
• Care for your child at your home or birthing location, whether it is at home, a birth center, or a hospital
• Emotional support for your child during the labor and delivery, including redirection to another activity or changing locations if your child becomes upset or anxious
• Snack or light meal preparation for your child during the labor and delivery
• Transportation of your child to your birthing location if care is desired at home