A Postpartum Doula
Every New Mom’s Dream

Welcoming a new baby/babies into your home is a wonderful experience.  It can also be overwhelming.  In the past, new mothers had hospital stays of 5 days or more and depended on family members to take over when they got home.  With today’s shortened hospital stays, you may not be physically or mentally prepared to take care of your home and family while still recovering from the birth of your baby/babies.

You will have many questions about your newborn/newborns’, his/her care, and your own body as it experiences hormonal and other changes.  New mothers commonly ask, “What can I do to soothe a crying infant?” Why does it hurt when I breastfeed?”, and “How does my diet affect my breast milk?”

It is crucial at this time to have someone with whom you can discuss intimate issues-someone who knows what you are going through.  It’s also important to have someone who you can support you throughout the learning process of caring for your new baby/babies.

In addition, household responsibilities, a spouse, other children, and pets may call for an extra set of hands.  As if that’s not enough, often, when the new baby arrives, so do the visitors.  It’s difficult to welcome guests and care for the baby/babies and yourself on so little sleep.  Typically, a newborn needs to be fed every 2-6 hours. Your period of sleep becomes fragmented and rare.

Ideally, a family needs a person to comfort and support the new mother while also relieving her of some pressing tasks.  This allows both the mother and the father to enjoy their little miracle.

Since you won’t be able to take home a nurse from the hospital, a Postpartum Doula is the next best thing.  A Doula, Greek for “woman who helps woman,” is a non-medical, para-professional,  postpartum care provider.  Doulas are specially trained to offer encouragement, support, and practical knowledge to new parents.  They give new mothers not only the assistance they need, but also the nurturing.

Doulas help new parents with basic baby care skills such as newborn bathing, swaddling, circumcision care, umbilical cord care, breastfeeding support, and of course, diaper changing.  Doulas also help manage the household and create an environment for a restful recovery.  They will prepare meals, run errands, tidy the house, do laundry, field phone calls, and care for other children in the family.

Some parents choose to use their Doulas for overnight care.  Overnight Doulas will see to all of the baby’s needs throughout the night, so parents can get a full eight hours of rest.

A Postpartum Doula is the perfect choice for whatever degree of help you need.  Whether you choose round-the-clock assistance, overnight aid, or just a few hours of relief during the day, a Postpartum Doula is the answer to every new mom’s prayer.