What is a Postpartum Doula?
The Postpartum Doula is a trained professional that offers physical, emotional, and spiritual, support to a new mother and the rest of the family. Postpartum Doulas also offer breastfeeding support, light household maintenance, family nurturing and instruction to mom and/or other family members in the care of a newborn. The Postpartum Doula’s job is to make the transition to parenthood easier for new parents, to help mom during her recovery period and to ascertain what the family needs help with and provide the instruction.
What does a Postpartum Doula do?
The main objective of the Postpartum Doula’s role is not to take over complete care of the newborn, but to educate and support the family so that they will feel empowered to care for their newborn themselves. Postpartum Doulas do NOT offer any medical advice or perform any medical or clinical procedures, but instead can offer parents referrals to appropriate studies and published books.
Postpartum doulas should be good with children, patient, non-judgmental, and knowledgeable about newborn care and breastfeeding.
The postpartum doula may offer the following:
Breastfeeding and bottle feeding support and tips
Baby care instruction
“Carnley has become a member of our ever growing family and is the very epitome of everything doulas strive to be. She is kind and strong, knowledgeable and informed, and exudes confidence and comfort. She will empower you not only as a woman and a mother, but as a new family unit and be by your side the whole journey.”
– Jill, mom of 7
For more information on what a Postpartum Doula does, visit CAPPA.