Postpartum Doula Services
Interviews are free!
- Providing support for the emotional adjustment to parenthood.
- Assistance with breastfeeding and/or bottle-feeding.
- Including information about pumping.
- Offering support in mother’s physical recovery after childbirth.
- Demonstration on newborn care, such as diapering, bathing, and swaddling.
- Helping with gassy and colicky baby and offering coping techniques.
- Fielding medical and non-medical questions pertaining the newborn care.
- Education about Kinesthesia – conscious handling of the baby.
- Assisting with the care of older siblings and helping them adjust to the new family member.
- Providing support for pet adjustment.
- Small meal preparation for the mother and family members.
- Organization of the nursery, changing and feeding stations.
- Does the baby’s laundry.
- Running errands and grocery shopping.
- Light housekeeping such as dishes.
- Daytime or nighttime services available as well as 24 – hour care for the first 48 hours when you come home from the hospital. Minimum of 4 hours per day and 8 hours per night.
- 12 hours maximum per shift other than 24-hour care.
- Guaranteed backup doulas.
The Postpartum Doula
- Allows mother to rest, shower and nurture herself.
- Helps mother to eat properly and drink plenty of fluids.
- Listens and helps process the birth story.
- Validates the normal adjustment process.
- Supports father through his transition to his new role.
- Provides community resources as needed.
- Educates in infant soothing and coping techniques for parents.
- Helps parents to develop their own styles of nurturing and bonding with baby.
The Postpartum Doula Does Not…
- Evaluate mother’s or baby’s medical condition.
- Take over the care of the baby.
- Insist new parents care for their baby in a particular style.
- Do heavy housekeeping.
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