The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family and improve parental satisfaction.
During daily visits, which typically last 2 to 5 hours, a postpartum doula provides much needed assurance in a gentle, non-judgmental way. A postpartum doula allows you to understand and read your baby’s personality and needs so you can develop your own unique parenting style.
Parenthood is a major life transition and the adjustment period feels less overwhelming when a professional is available to address your questions and concerns. Postpartum services are individually tailored to meet the unique needs of each family. The tasks and focus of care provided by the doula will depend on the priorities requested or needed by your family.
Postpartum Doula services include:
- Educating all family members about newborn care and developmental stages
- Breastfeeding guidance with latching and positioning
- Promoting and increasing milk-supply and pumping guidance
- Tackling and preventing short and long-term issues associated with breast feeding
- Recognizing baby’s feed and sleep patterns and setting routines
- Helping parents to read and address baby’s queues
- Monitoring baby’s development in the first weeks and reading warning signals
- Tracking mothers recovery and reading warning signals
- Building new parents confidence through reassurance and support
- Creating meal plans and establishing a strong support network
- Assistance with creating a practical nursery
- Providing product advice and best use
If you are a doula and would like to schedule an initial interview, please submit your application here.