Once you arrive home!
- PROFESSIONAL POSTPARTUM DOULA CARE
Here’s how a Postpartum Doula can be an invaluable asset:
THE POSTPARTUM DOULA:
A Postpartum Doula is a non-judgmental woman with a quiet presence in the home. By giving emotional and breastfeeding support along with practical newborn care tips and taking care of necessary household tasks such as: grocery shopping; meal preparation; doing the dishes, laundry or tending to the older children, Postpartum Doulas help ease the transition into parenthood.
As your Postpartum Doula, I focus on building an environment where you, your partner, and new baby can grow and bond as a new family with confidence and ease. Support is invaluable after a cesarean birth, with premature babies, for mothers with other children at home, for mothers of multiples, and for mothers dealing with postpartum depression and anxiety. I specialize in the care of multiples and have experience with twins. I am happy to help throughout the night.
My approach is not to assume primary responsibility for the newborn, but rather to assist the mother and her partner in their new roles as parents so they can more easily bond with, and take care of the baby.
The first weeks home with a newborn are very exciting times as you learn more about yourselves and your baby. These may also be challenging times, when adjustments will have to be made in your life. In the past, families had extensive support systems of women who helped to care for them. Today, this is not always the case, so a Postpartum Doula steps in to nurture the mother, father, and baby.
Support for Mother may include:
· Breastfeeding support and instruction
· Assist with bathing, changing, swaddling, and holding the baby
· Look after baby while mom gets rest or attends to other children
· Listening and helping to process your birth story
· Helping the family adjust to their new roles
· Light household tasks; Cook meals as well as nutritional guidance
· Shop for groceries or do errands
· Connect you to community resources
Support for the Partner may include:
Provide practical advice for what he/she can do
Teach infant massage techniques
Explore baby calming techniques unique to his/her own skills
Take care of the baby so parents can have time together
Helping partner transition back to work while remaining connected to the family