The term doula comes from the Greek word doule which referred to a female worker. Today, it describes a support professional who has training in a certain area of expertise. A doula can specialize in many areas of care like birth, postpartum, bereavement, end of life and more. It is important to keep in mind that a doula is not a trained medical professional and cannot provide medical intervention or advice. The role of any doula is to provide support to ease and empower their clients through whichever stage of life they may find themselves.
A Postpartum Doula is trained to provide for families in the days and weeks following birth (typically, 0-6 weeks). This type of work is typically described as ‘mothering the mother’, and can help a new mom to feel supported and empowered through her transition to life with a new baby. Doula care is highly individualized, and includes practical, educational, and emotional support for the whole family system.
- Practical Support: hands-on infant care support (soothing, feeding, bathing, overnight care, etc.), help around the house (light chores, errands and meal prep)
- Educational Support: providing accurate and up-to-date information on all things baby and postpartum (infant care, postpartum recovery, breastfeeding and lactation, etc.)
- Emotional Support: companionship and compassion are the backbone to doula support. Your doula is your ear to listen and your shoulder to cry on through the highs and lows of the postpartum period.
How can a doula help you and your family? Reach out today for a free consultation with a Certified Postpartum Doula.