What is a Postpartum Doula?
A postpartum doula is a non clinical professional support provider trained in the specific needs of a family in the days, weeks, or months after birth or the addition of a new baby.
Literally translated, the word Doula is a greek term for a woman’s servant. For thousands of years, women have been surrounded by family, loved ones, and neighbors in the time after giving birth. In our society, it is often difficult for women to obtain the support they need to smoothly transition into parenting.
The postpartum doula makes it possible for the new parents to focus solely on themselves and their family in the time after birth. Postpartum doula services allow the new mother and her partner to tend to their baby's and their family's needs with confidence, patience, and ease.
Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improving postnatal satisfaction, reducing the risk of mood disorders, and sleep deprivation.
It is the postpartum doula's job to nurture the family by providing evidence based care for families with newborns, supporting the families individual feeding goals, offering infant care techniques, and providing care for the new parents.