Birth is not only about making babies.
Birth is about making mothers --
strong, competent, capable mothers
who trust themselves and
and know their inner strength.
- Barbara Katz Rothman
What is a postpartum doula?
A postpartum doula cares for new mamas/birthing persons and families in the first weeks after the birthing experience. They provide emotional support, guidance with newborn care, infant feeding, and household assistance.
A postpartum doula:
- supports family as they transition and find their new rhythm and flow
- helps parents process birthing experience
- assists with breastfeeding
- provides information on normal newborn care/development
- shares guidance and assists with newborn tasks (i.e. bathing, diapering, cord care, dressing, feeding, burping, etc.)
- prepares meals, runs errands, performs light housekeeping, sibling care
what are the Benefits of a Postpartum Doula?
- swifter birth recovery
- greater connection and bonding with new baby
- more confidence in parenting and childcare
- tips and guidance for eating healthier, sleeping more, and feeling nourished
- tips and guidance for body and energy changes and integration postpartum, including yoga, herbs, teas, sitz baths, comfort, and self-care
- understanding and navigating how to balance other commitments and relationships, such as time and energy in partnership and/or with other children
- higher breast feeding success rates
- less stress and anxiety, more contentment and ease in postpartum healing