What is a Postpartum Doula?
A Postpartum Doula‘s role changes from day-to-day as the needs of the family change. Postpartum Doulas do whatever a mother needs to best enjoy and care for her new baby. They share information about baby care with the mother and other family members as well as help with breastfeeding education. Postpartum Doulas make sure the mother is fed, well hydrated and comfortable.
What are some advantages of having a Postpartum Doula?
The new mother may feel anxious and overwhelmed. The skills you’ve learned in parenting classes, such as bathing and feeding may be forgotten. Caring for a new life is a tremendous responsibility. A Postpartum Doula will help with:
- Reducing chances of maternal postpartum depression and/or a shorter duration for the mother to cope with Postpartum, if and when it does occur.
- Reducing maternal exhaustion, frustration, and apprehension during early weeks.
- Dad back to work sooner with less anxiety.
- Greater understanding of a newborn’s emotional, physical, and behavioral needs.
- Easier bonding due to more confidence.
Some of the responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Bottle preparation
- Diaper changing
- Bathing and Dressing
- Meal Preparation
- Household help or occasional errands
- Help with older siblings
- Educate the family
- Breastfeeding Support
What is a normal Postpartum Doula schedule?
Depending on what you are looking for, postpartum doulas usually work in 4 to 12 hour shifts. Postpartum Doula’s are available to provide daytime service, night time service, or hourly service. Extended overnight services are most beneficial for families with twins, triplets, multiple babies, a newborn experiencing reflux or a premature infant. Schedule can be modified to fit the specific needs of you and your family.
Contact PINK Newborn Services today for more information about Postpartum Doula care services for your family.