They say it takes a village to raise a baby, so like, is there a number to call or do they just show up?
Postpartum was once a time of rest and rejuvenation, healing and recovery, losing and finding yourself. This was navigated with others who have explored the terrain before you. Offering encouragement, help and nourishment. As years passed, families spanned across countries, friends went to work full time, and the importance of gentle transition was forgotten and replaced with the robust “bounce back” mentality. The village stopped showing up.
But here’s the great news, now there’s a number you can call: Your Postpartum Doula!
A Postpartum Doula’s role is to care for you, and ultimately your family as a whole to create a smooth transition and gentle postpartum that helps you feel revitalized and not depleted. A Postpartum Doula can help create village support for the modern postpartum.
Services offered will vary between Doulas, though services generally include but are not limited to:
- Light household duties such as tidying, laundry and dishes.
- Meal prep including snacks
- Chest feeding support
- Space to process the birth story
- Assist in newborn care
- Assist with older siblings
- Education on perinatal mood disorders
So how do you decide? Here are some quick tips!
- Education and training
Are they certified or certifying? If so, through where? Do they have any additional trainings?
- Services they offer
As previously mentioned, services will differ between Doulas. Some may offer services in addition to their Doula services, such as a lending library, baby equipment rentals or photography. Which services would you like to have access to?
Do you feel comfortable? Do you feel they have the resources necessary to support your family in the way you’re hoping? Many will offer free consultations to meet and see if there’s a connection. If you don’t feel a connection, it’s okay to say it’s not the right fit. After all, this time is all about your and your family!