Working with a Postpartum Doula

sonicgram pixDoulas 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;
    • sleeplessness;
    • 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.