Doulas support families during heightened times of transition and major life events. The term “postpartum” refers to the time after birth in a woman’s/person life – up to 6-12 months or more. Postpartum doula care is available (and highly recommended) for the immediate postpartum phase (first 6 weeks) after birth while the family unit adjusts to life with baby (or babies). 1 out of 5 women experience a perinatal/postpartum mood disorder, with postpartum depression being the most highly reported complication of birth. Research shows that there is a lower incidence of postpartum anxiety and depression when working with a postpartum doula. Here some more info about my role as a postpartum doula.
What is a Postpartum Doula?
- A supportive adviser, educator and non-medical care provider, professionally trained and/or experienced in providing postpartum care to the mother/parent and family.
- Facilitate a smooth and rewarding transition during the Fourth Trimester and beyond while fulfilling a large gap in maternity care in the U.S.
WHY work with a PP Doula:
- PP experience has long-term effects on the entire family’s physical/emotional health.
- PP doulas support and educate new parents while they face the realities & challenges of:
- healing and recovery from birth;
- total responsibility for a tiny dependent newborn;
- emotional adjustment;
- mastery of infant feeding and care;
- understanding of and adjustment to the unique personality of their baby;
- shifts in needs for self-care
- US culture
- New parents are no longer typically surrounded by a knowledgeable and appropriately supportive community.
- Receive little support from the medical-care system once their baby is born. Hospital stay is shorter in the US than in many other countries.
PP Doula Services provided:
As a PP doula, I provide emotional/physical/information support and guidance that ALL new parents can benefit from, like:
- Emotional and physical coping/comforting techniques for post birth recovery
- Baby care and education (feeding, soothing techniques, diapering, cord care, baby wearing, first bath,etc.)
- Breastfeeding support basics, referrals for IBCLCs when more complex or difficult
- Facilitating effective strategies and coping skills to promote more rest and enjoy this transition period better
- Coordinating appropriate support and communication with family members and friends
- Building confidence in parenting abilities
- Addressing infant development
- Facilitating nourishment and nutrition counselling
- Providing appropriate resources and list of referrals as needed for a family’s specific needs.
Benefits of working with a PP Doula
Research has shown that women who receive adequate PP support experience:
- greater ease in the transition into parenthood
- greater breastfeeding success
- greater confidence in parenting skills
- lower incidence of postpartum anxiety and depression
- greater satisfaction with their parenting partner.
- Parents are more empowered and confident sooner after the birth of their child when receiving the support of a pp doula.