Do you need a Postpartum Doula?
Updated: May 12, 2020
A picture is worth 1000 words right? See this image of a sleeping mom?
This is just one thing a postpartum doula can help you with... SLEEP!
Doula literally means "To Serve", doula does NOT mean natural, holistic, granola, or crunchy- that is 100% a myth.
Doula's serve a family. The number one reason most people hire a postpartum doula is to help take care of the baby or the household for a few hours or even an overnight shift after baby comes to allow mom to rest and heal. But we offer so much more!
During a doula shift, your doula could be watching after baby, siblings, pets, meal prepping or even doing mother/baby laundry.
What is a Postpartum Doula?
The Postpartum Doula is a trained professional that offers physical, emotional and informational support to a new family after the birth of their baby.
Postpartum Doula Services include:
*Feeding education and support of the newborn
*Emotional support and encouragement for the mother
*Instruction to mom and/or other family members in the characteristics and care of a newborn
*Advice and practical support on self-care, nutrition and postpartum healing
*Light housekeeping, laundry, meal planning/preparation and errands
Why Hire a Postpartum Doula?
Many new families lack the continuity of care they need following the birth of their baby.
The postpartum doula helps meet this need by educating, nurturing, and empowering mothers and families towards confidence in their new roles.
The Postpartum Doula’s job is to make the transition to parenthood easier for new parents, to help mom during her recovery period and to ascertain what the family needs help with and provide the instruction.
The main objective of the Postpartum Doula’s role is not to take over complete care of the newborn, but to educate and support the family so that they will feel empowered to care for their newborn themselves when the doula is not there to help.
Statistics show that women who have support during the postpartum period tend to have lower rates of postpartum mood disorders, breastfeed for a longer duration, have deeper bonds with the baby and their partner, and make a better adjustment to parenthood.
Did you know that Shelly and Mark Dirig of In Due Time 30 Ultrasound are both CAPPA trained Postpartum Doulas?
Yep! We are!! Shelly works with Moms and Dads while Mark is one of very few men who specialize as a Daddy doula, better equipping daddies to care for mommy and baby! Our schedules do not allow us to work with in your home as Doulas, instead we offer virtual coaching and guidance to families that do not have access to an in home doula.