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Unlike a Birth Doula, who takes care of the mother before, during, and just a few hours after childbirth, a Postpartum Doula comes into the home and helps a mother and her family as they adjust to the changes brought about by the arrival of a new baby.
A Postpartum Doula provides non-medical support and companionship, assists with newborn care and sibling adjustment, meal preparation and household organization. She offers evidence based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth and other issues related to the postpartum period, and can make referrals if necessary. You can learn much more by reading DONA International's Position Paper: The Postpartum Doula's Role in Maternity Care.
Pregnancy and childbirth put a strain on a woman's body. It takes some time, along with lots of rest and good nourishment, for her body to recover. In our culture, the focus often shifts away from the needs of the mother and onto the needs of the baby very shortly after childbirth. This is unfortunate, as a woman who has recently given birth deserves to have someone just as dedicated to nurturing and nourishing her through her recovery as she is dedicated to nurturing and nourishing her newborn.
Without a doubt, Mamas can benefit tremendously from having good in-home support in place as soon as they come home with their new baby. This support can come from many different sources, such as from a woman's partner, family and friends. However, sometimes family and friends alone are not able to provide the type or amount of support a new mother needs. Postpartum Doulas are experts in "mothering the mother" through this vulnerable time.
While Postpartum Doulas specialize in helping families navigate the challenges that are universal to the postpartum period, each family is unique and has its own specific needs. Babymoon Doula strives to help each family in the way that best suits them. I want to be there for you when you need help the most. I want to support you in the ways that will benefit you the most. That's why I offer a variety of shift options, including daytime, evening, and overnight hours.
Some things to consider are your priorities and goals for postpartum, as well as what kind of support you can rely on from family and friends. Think about your household's schedule and rhythm. What time of day would an extra set of hands be most useful? A good Postpartum Plan can help you figure out what kind of support would be ideal for your family. You can download my Postpartum Planner to get started.