One of the questions that I get asked most often is ‘What does a postpartum doula do?’. A postpartum doula is a trained professional helps out a family when they bring home their newborn. It is as simple as that. We “mother the mother” and help the family as they transition into this new life.
It’s often said that it takes a village to raise a child and I believe that. It’s hard to go at it alone but so often in today’s society, we are seen as weak if we ask for assistance. It used to be commonplace that everyone would rally around the new mom and baby, helping her out when needed and providing her with most mental and physical support. I say we go back to that. A society where we are truly there for one another. It’s why I became a doula in the first place.
Every doula may offer something different so it is important to find the best postpartum doula to fit your needs. We typically help out the family for a few days after they arrive home to a few weeks, coming several times a week.
Some of the duties that a postpartum doula will perform include:
- Breastfeeding encouragement
- Help with the emotional and physical recovery after birth
- Light housekeeping (laundry, sweeping, dishes)
- Running errands
- Assistance with newborn care such as diapering, bathing, feeding and comforting
- Light meal preparation
- Baby soothing techniques
- Sibling care
- Referrals to local resources such as parenting classes, pediatricians, lactation support and support groups