When new parents come home with their baby, some of the first thoughts that go through their minds are "ok, now what?", "what are we supposed to do when...?" and "how do we do this?". To add more confusion, sometimes well-intended friends and family members, have misinformed advice or unfair opinions. Breastfeeding, sleep schedules and overall physical recovery viewpoints have changed drastically through the years. Not only are the many of the beliefs different, many theories have been proven/disproved by fact-based studies by experts and healthcare professionals.
What is a postpartum doula?
A postpartum doula:
Offers education, companionship and non-judgmental support during the postpartum "fourth trimester".
Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying.
Offers guidance and information on breast and bottle feeding, emotional and physical support during the recovery from birth, demonstrates infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary.
What doesn't a postpartum doula do?
A postpartum doula doesn't:
Treat, diagnose or evaluate the mother or baby's medical condition.
Take over the care of the baby.
Insist new parents care for their baby in a particular style.
Do heavy housekeeping (mopping, scrubbing, cleaning).