People often have the misconception that Postpartum Doulas are only for those who have a Postpartum Mood Disorder. Actually, studies show that women who have social support during the postpartum period have less “baby blues”, breastfeed for a longer duration, and make a better adjustment to parenthood.
As postpartum doulas, we are here to help you and your family make a smooth transition into a life with a new baby. Sometimes, new beginnings can be overwhelming and our job is to help ease you into this new journey.
The services we provide include, but are not limited to: physical, emotional, and informational support, breastfeeding assistance, postpartum recovery support, time to process your birth, assistance navigating postpartum feelings and emotions, newborn care guidance, sibling support, light household tasks (laundry, dishes, tidying up, etc.)
This means that we’ll totally rock your sweet little one to sleep while you grab a shower, and we’ll do your dishes while you nap. We’ll wash your laundry and pick up the toys covering the living room floor from the toddler playing before nap time while you focus on bonding with your baby. We’ll prep dinner and breakfast for you, help you set up a system that encourages healthy infant sleeping, and teach you how to safely clip your baby’s
talons... we mean nails. We’ll teach your partner how they can best support you while breastfeeding, or how to pace bottle feeding the baby if you’re offering bottles.
Bottom line is: we’re here for you. You’re transitioning into parenthood, and while this is incredibly exciting.. it’s also exhausting and overwhelming. If you need an unbiased ear to hear you while you process through your birth- we’ll absolutely be there for you. If you need someone to hold a baby so that you can pee alone, we feel you and we’ve got this. If you just need a minute to be- we’ll hold space for you to do that.
Did you have a Postpartum Doula? What was your favorite thing about that experience?