Postpartum Doula explained…Do I Need One? Could I use one?

Happy + Healthy Mother = Happy + Healthy Baby

A postpartum doula cares for the mother and her family in their home in the first few weeks following the birth (usually birth-12 weeks). The doula provides non-medical support and companionship, assists with newborn care and sibling adjustment, meal preparation and household organization. The doula offers evidence-based information on newborn feeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth and other issues related to the postpartum period, and can make referrals if necessary.

In my experience I have learned that mothers of newborns need help! Support! & LOVE! A newborn relies on its mother for everything, especially the first 6 weeks. Traditionally, families would step in and assist the mother, however, our culture and lifestyle don’t always allow for the extra support. Furthermore, the support and guidance from the family isn’t always the most positive or influential and that’s where the postpartum doula can step in. The postpartum period in the lives of both mother, father, and baby can influence the child and family lifestyle for years to come. 

The Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Hire A Postpartum Doula

10 – So you don’t feel judged while you learn to care for your newborn. A doula offers judgment free support allowing you to develop your “inner-momma” peacefully, smoothly and at your own pace.

9 – So you can let your guard down and explore your parenting options.  Your doula will discuss various parenting philosophies and options with you and support you in every decision YOU make.

8 – Because early breastfeeding can pose its challenges, having a doula by your side during frustrating or exhausted feedings can be extremely beneficial.

7 – So you can be nurtured while you nurture your newborn.

6 – So you can be reminded to eat well and stay hydrated. Simple things like eating and drinking are easily overlooked while focusing on a newborn, however, they are extremely important to your recovery.

5 – So you can be free of day-to-day household tasks in order to focus on bonding with your baby and your partner.

4 – For the most up to date information on products relating to babies. Your doula is an expert on all things “baby”, in spite of the ever-changing recommendations and product recalls.

3 – Doulas are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of the postpartum baby blues and postpartum depression. Your doula can advise you of what is a “normal” part of your emotional recovery and what you might need some help with.

2 – So that you can allow yourself “real” sleep, knowing that a trained professional is caring for your baby while you rest and recover.

And the #1 reason you should hire a postpartum doula is… BECAUSE YOU DESERVE ONE!  

Top 10 Reasons List borrowed from ~Northeastern Rock n’ Roll Doula~

 

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