What is a Postpartum Doula? (after baby is born)
Postpartum Doulas are trained professionals that assist a new family in those first days and weeks after the birth or adoption of a baby. A postpartum doula provides the family with evidenced-based information on infant feeding, soothing methods, and basic newborn care.
The Postpartum Doula is a reference point; an assistant and resource for the family in the postpartum period. They can support a parent’s emotional and physical recovery from birth, as well as parent–child bonding. They provide loving support so that the new parent feels nurtured, while keeping the household running efficiently so that they can focus their energy on their baby.
Working alongside parents, the Postpartum Doula can assist in making the transition to parenthood and family relationships easier. The Postpartum Doula does not assume the role of caregiver, but supports and assists the family in learning about newborn, self and family care. They empower families in feeling secure in their skills as caregivers.
A Postpartum Doula does not make or give medical advice, or perform medical procedures. They simply offer education and support and assist the family in finding answers and resources. Postpartum Doulas work well with children using patient, non-judgmental communication.