What is a postpartum doula?
A postpartum doula helps families adjust to life with a newborn. The first three months after birth are often called the “fourth trimester”. It’s a period of major transition – the baby is getting used to living Earthside, while the parents and other family members are figuring out how to integrate and care for this new person in their lives. A postpartum doula helps ease this transition by providing emotional support, evidence-based information, and an extra set of helping hands.
What services does a postpartum doula provide?
The needs of every family are different and can shift from day to day, so a postpartum doula’s responsibilities are flexible. Some of the duties I can perform as a postpartum doula include:
• Processing your birth experience
• Sympathetic listening and reassurance
• Screening for postpartum mood disorders
• Companionship if you are alone during the day
Infant Care Support and Information
• Guidance in basic newborn care, breastfeeding, babywearing, sleep solutions, infant massage, and bonding strategies
• Caring for your baby while you shower or rest
• Education about infant development and safety
• Referrals to local resources (lactation, chiropractic, support groups, etc.)
Support for Your Physical and Spiritual Recovery
• Techniques for healing your post-birth body
• Belly binding and postpartum sealing ceremony
• Postnatal yoga and movement instruction
• Personalized herbal and aromatherapy blends
General Household Help
• Help with minor housework like laundry, dishes, vacuuming, organizing baby items
• Running local errands, grocery shopping, dog walking
• Simple meal preparation
• Sibling support
I am available for postpartum support weekdays during daytime and evening hours, from 10am-10pm, Monday-Friday. Work days are a minimum of 4 hours and a maximum of 8, with 12 hours required to book initial services. Please inquire to see if I am available for your due month.
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