Provides Newborn Care and Postpartum Comfort.
DONA International summarizes the role of a Postpartum doula as "...experienced in supporting families through their postpartum experience. Coming into the home following birth, the doula’s role is to provide education, non-judgmental support and companionship. The doula will assist with newborn care and family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tasks. Postpartum doulas offer evidence- based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents."
If We Hire a Postpartum Doula,
What Should We Expect to Receive?
A good doula will help you figure out how much support you desire and determine the most helpful schedule to accommodate your needs either before your birth or anytime in the first 12 weeks postpartum. Daytime and overnight support are both available. Possible support includes but is not limited to: breastfeeding support, pumping/formula management, newborn care basics, babywearing, household chores, grocery shopping, meal preparation, companionship, sleep support, and sibling transitions. Postpartum support is also available for your hospital stay, which is often utilized in the case of a cesarean birth so the partner can also get some rest.
How is Postpartum Doula Support Different Than a Night Nurse ?
A night nurse or Newborn Care Specialist is a term used to explain the role of someone who has experience and training with babies. The main difference between a postpartum doula and a baby nurse/newborn care specialist is the doula is brought into your home to help your whole family, as opposed to only caring for the infant. A postpartum doula is capable of filling the role of a newborn care specialist, but also understands the intensity of becoming a new mom, including what happens both physically and mentally. Doulas of Capitol hill has both postpartum doulas and Newborn Care Specialists.