“Every Mother deserves to feel nurtured, supported, confident and in love with her baby.”
The arrival of a new baby is an amazing experience, a time of new beginnings and an overwhelming sense of love and emotion. It is also a time of transition and adjustment, learning and questions, and a time when a little additional support can mean a great deal.
What is a Postpartum Doula?
Acknowledging the profound changes experienced after the birth of a baby, Postpartum Doulas provide compassionate emotional support for families who can often feel overwhelmed. A doula gives new parents the opportunity to engage in open dialogue, knowing they will not be dismissed, judged or told what to do.
A doula is reassuring and encouraging and can provide assistance to families as they navigate those early weeks when parents are plagued by fatigue. A doula provides support to families with respect to how they can best care for their own newborn, promote parent-infant bonding and offer evidence based information and support that is appropriate to each unique family situation.
The specific tasks and services provided by the postpartum doula vary depending on the individual needs and requests of each family.
Some of the Benefits of Postpartum Doula Care:
- Offers evidence based education on newborn care
- Nurturing care and support for the entire family
- Breastfeeding support and education
- Tips for understanding your baby’s cues
- Techniques for calming your crying baby
- Assistance in organizing the nursery and home
- Resources and referrals
- Emotional support and coping techniques
- Encouragement and reassurance
- Provide care for baby so you have time for self-care
- Assistance with light housekeeping and errands
- Enable parents to get more rest
- Assistance in preparing and planning nourishing snacks/meals
- And so much more…
Research has shown that new parents who feel supported during the postpartum period;
- Have lower rates of postpartum mood disorders, including depression
- Have higher breastfeeding success rates
- Form deeper and stronger bonds with their babies
- Have more confidence in their parenting abilities
- Are more successful in adapting and thriving in their roles as parents