A postpartum doula may be a new concept for many families, but should be one that is wide-known for all modern households. The postpartum doula is basically like a “mothers helper” after birth. They are there to support the parents with everything from newborn care to basic household help. Having a postpartum doula is an amazing help for all families, whether it is your first or fifth child, and can be an invaluable support during this big transition.
You can hire your Postpartum Doula for day shifts (typically 4-6 hours) or night shifts (8-10 hours). During the day shifts, the doula will focus on education, helping with the baby so the mother can rest, shower and take care of herself, breastfeeding support, and just overall mental and physical well being of the mother. During the night shift, the doula’s main focus is taking care of the baby throughout the night so that the parents can get a full night’s rest. The doula is in charge of feeding the baby or bringing the baby to the mother to breastfeed if this is her choice. She may also do light housekeeping and other chores before morning time. Our postpartum work is very individualized, and we work with each family with ways that we can best be of service to them. A big part of that being our informational support. We try to understand the traditions and values of each family, and provide them with the information that is best suited. Parents can have moments of anxiety and worry, that are usually clarified when they receive the correct information. From our experience we have seen that in many cases after birth, the family contacts a large number of specialists, starting with the maternity hospital and then with the local nurse and doctor. Their views may not all be the same, and their recommendations may be conflicting and very confusing for the parents. In this case, the doula helps parents figure out how to make a decision based on information. The Doulas work extensively with obstetrics, maternity and infant research databases.
Another area of our postpartum expertise is basic newborn care training. This includes information on important topics such as:
If parents want to find out some aspects not at the level of familiarization, but more deeply, doulas, as a rule, share the contacts of trusted specialists. In a sense, a doula is your notebook with many useful contacts in a variety of areas related to mom and baby. All this is carried out exclusively on request, taking into account the wishes of the parents. Often, the doula does not take the baby in her arms at all, but shows tricks on soft toys so as not to interfere with the delicate balance of the mother-infant pair.
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