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What is a Postpartum Doula?
Postpartum– (adjective) after the birth of the baby
Doula– (noun) a woman who is trained to assist another woman, and provides support to the mother, baby, and partner after the baby is born.
-A Postpartum Doula is simply a trained professional who assists the mother and family after the baby is born. Assistance can be given for hours, days, or weeks following the birth.
Benefits to having a postpartum doula:
-Expert nursing support for the new family (day or night nurse care)
-Breastfeeding support and education
-Newborn Care Instruction
-Local Resource/Referral Information
-Relief from feeling isolated and alone
-Less calls to the pediatrician for basic information
-May reduce incidences of postpartum mood disorders
-Mom can get more restorative sleep or naps
-Buffer for other family members/friends.
-Extra set of hands for other children at home
Who uses Postpartum Doulas?
-First time mothers and fathers
-Families needing help/extra hands while they care for their other children
-Families with multiples
-Mothers recovering from a Ceserean delivery
-Families whose partners need to return to work soon after the birth
-Mothers planning to be home soon after the birth (because of a short hospital stay, birth center birth, or home birth)
-Families who are adopting