How do you envision your postpartum period? When a new baby joins the family, the family dynamic changes and everyone needs to adjust and learn how to care for this new person. There are hundreds of books on baby care, but every baby is so different! You may or may not have a village of support to help during this time of transition. A postpartum doula is an expert in baby care and support. They help you manage with a newborn. What does this mean? We arrange a time when you would most benefit from assistance and you specify what you need. This could be a hot meal, some guidance in baby care, or nursing support. You will have a professional that can offer resources an insight to normal infant behaviour. This time can be overwhelming, but there is help!
Here are a few ways that a postpartum doula can help:
- Someone to talk to
- Light housework
- Baby care techniques
- Breastfeeding/nursing assistance
- Helping with older children
As your doula, I don't take over your role as a parent, nor do I influence or judge your decisions. It is my role to help you make informed decisions, have adequate support, and to help you enact your parenting goals.
What does the research say about the benefits of postpartum doula support? According to DONA International, mothers who have had postpartum doula support:
- Feel more secure and cared for
- Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics
- Have greater success with breastfeeding
- Have greater self-confidence
- Have less postpartum depression
- Have more affectionate bonding with baby
- Have a better relationship with their partner 6 weeks after birth
For more information on what a postpartum doula does, or questions about how a partpartum doula can help you love your "fourth trimester" contact me below! See the difference a doula can make!
Special rates available for extended care.