Postpartum Doula Services

"Caren was an excellent doula for me and my family." - Heidi

 

Bringing a new baby home can be the experience you’ve been dreaming about...  one of indescribable 

love and joy. 

Although, sometimes love and joy isn't enough to easily breeze through the first few days and weeks of new babyhood. For a first baby or even a second or third, many parents need the calm and experienced support

of a Postpartum Doula.

 

Here's how the American Pregnancy Association describes what a Postpartum Doula does:

 

"Most new parents will tell you that navigating through those first few days after bringing home a new baby is anything but easy! Even for the most experienced parents, bringing home a new baby means changing routines, dividing time and just trying to figure out how to juggle it all.

If mom had a cesarean delivery or any other birth complications, it can make the transition to home even more challenging. The problem that many families run into is finding the help they need to support them through these first few weeks.

This is where the help of a postpartum doula can be just the answer that these parents are looking for. Postpartum doulas assist families who are bringing home a new baby, whether that is through birth or adoption.

What is a Postpartum Doula?

A postpartum doula provides evidenced-based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother-baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.

A postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby.

Research shows that parents and babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team is in place.

What type of services does a Postpartum Doula provide?

The postpartum doula offers many services to her clients, but her main goals are to help “mother the mother” and nurture the entire family as they transition into life with a newborn. This would include doing things to help parents feel more confident in their roles, sharing education on family adjustment, and tending to the unique needs of a new mother.

A postpartum doula works with each family individually to find out their particular needs.

Some of the duties that a postpartum doula will perform include:

  • Breastfeeding support

  • Help with the emotional and physical recovery after birth

  • Assistance with newborn care such as diapering, bathing, feeding and comforting

  • Baby soothing techniques

  • Referrals to local resources such as parenting classes, pediatricianslactation support and support group

 

Most postpartum doulas provide service for a family anywhere from a few days up to a few weeks after bringing home a new baby. Families may have the doula work 1-3 days a week or as many as 5 days a week.

What is the difference between a Postpartum Doula and a baby nurse?

The postpartum doula’s role is to support everyone in the family, including parents, siblings, and baby. Unlike a baby nurse, whose sole focus is the new baby, the postpartum doula is there to support mom through the postpartum period and to help the family as a whole.

Caren Geberer 201.925.4321caren@carendoula.com