Postpartum doulas are specically trained and experienced to offer pregnant people physical,
emotional, and educational support after childbirth. Your postpartum doula will meet you in your home, in a birth center, or a hospital. That said, doulas do not provide medical support. That work is still for your midwife or OBGYN to do!
How long should you stay in after birth? How long will you bleed? Should you still feel contractions? Postpartum doulas are familiar with how bodies heal from labor, and help you care for yourself in a way that fits you and your family.
Dishes and laundry may be some of the last things you want to do in your waking hours with your newborn. Doulas can help with household tasks like these, or care for your baby while you take a baby break and do it the way you like.
As a new parent, you may have a lot of questions, and even think, “I’m in charge? But I’ve never done this!” Postpartum doulas are there to answer the questions they can, direct you to professionals for the questions they can’t answer, and reassure you that, yes! – you’re well-equipped to love and care for this new tiny human.
New parents often feel like they can’t really be honest about their first weeks and months. When people ask, “How’s parenthood?” you may feel pressure to answer a certain way. Postpartum doulas offer a safe, judgment-free space for you to be really honest about what’s frustrating, upsetting, difficult, joyous, and more. Whether it has to do with baby’s health, your health, your emotions, expectations, or anything else; there’s nothing you can’t share with your doula.
Postpartum doulas and family members are a perfect match. Your family’s support and help are priceless and irreplaceable. And your doula is someone you can talk to from a fresh slate, with a different perspective. Both can assist you at once, or take turns so you have “hands on deck” more often than you might otherwise. Fits like a glove!
Knowledge is one thing, but what’s a doula going to do for you and baby for hours in your house each week? Watch baby while you take a shower, or a nap, or spend some time with an older child; make you tea, or a quick meal; get you water or snacks while you breastfeed or bottle feed, or make you tea or a quick meal. There are many ways your postpartum doula can make life just a little bit easier in a rhythm that works for you.