Postpartum Doula Support

    Attachment 1What is a Postpartum Doula?

    A postpartum doula is a “woman caregiver”: someone who is experienced and trained to help the new mother and family. This very important service provides knowledgeable, caring, and personal support during those first few weeks as new parents.

    Meet Beautiful Beginnings Postpartum Doulas!

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    What services does a Postpartum Doula provide?

    Physical comfort to the new mother:

    -  Helps family to care for her postpartum body
    -  Encourages mom or caregiver to eat properly and drink plenty of fluids
    -  Allows caregiver to rest when baby is resting or shower and nurture self
    -  Support of choice to breast or bottle feed


    Emotional support for the new family:

    -  Listens to the story of the birth
    -  Validate the normal adjustment process
    -  Supports mother through emotional vulnerability
    -  Supports father through transition to new role
    -  Supports siblings in their new roles

    Guidance in infant care:

    -  Supports mom and partner in their feeding choices
    -  Gives information on newborn care recommendations
    -  Aids parents in developing their own styles of nurturing and bonding with the baby
    -  Solutions to common breastfeeding challenges in the first weeks
    -  Proper storage of breastmilk and formula
    -  Pumping information and guidance

    Household assistance, if requested

    -  Prepare meals and snacks for the new mother and family
    -  Cleans & prepares bottles and helps with nursery set-up
    -  Runs errands: shops for food, supplies, etc.
    -  May do baby laundry or other light cleaning


    Postpartum Doulas DO NOT:

    -  Evaluate mother’s or baby’s medical condition
    -  Take over the care of baby
    -  Insist new parents care for their baby in any particular style
    -  Do heavy housecleaning (mopping, cleaning bathtubs, etc.)

     

    What does this service cost?

    Rates according to the doula’s experience and client’s need.

    For additional information about our Postpartum doulas, visit our sister site, www.NorthCountyDoulas.com

    For Postpartum Doula Training, please refer to dona.org