What is a Postpartum Doula?
A Postpartum Doula provides evidence-based information on topics such as infant feeding, parent-baby bonding, sleeping, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth, and basic newborn care. A Postpartum Doula is a non-judgemental support person to help process the new found feelings that come with parenthood, including your birth experience. A Postpartum Doula is someone who can help with physical tasks to help the family recovery and transition with the addition of a child, such as meal and snack preparation to ensure good nutrition to aid in healing from birth. A doula may also do light household duties so that the family can get the rest needed at this time. A Postpartum can help with the transition of a new baby into the family as a whole, including partner and sibling bonding.
A Postpartum Doula is not a housekeeper, nanny or a medical practitioner. A Postpartum Doula does not perform any medical procedures or assess recovery for vaginal tears or cesarean incision. A Postpartum Doula can provide education on signs and symptoms of infection and concern. A Postpartum Doula can educate the family on perinatal mood disorders, including signs, symptoms and resources for help. A Postpartum Doula does not diagnose.