Postpartum Doula support can be described as a Mother’s Helper.
It is an essential fact that mothers who are mothered during their birth and early parenting experience are better equipped to handle the rigorous demands of life with a newborn and provide care to their own young.
Supporting the mother after birth is essential as she begins to adapt to life with a newborn.
No matter how experienced a mother may be, a newly postpartum mom must bear and balance heavy demands. She must tend to her body’s severe need for rest and recovery from labor and birth while also meeting her infant’s physical needs (feeding/diapering/consoling), and must balance this with the psychological task of learning to care for and breastfeed her new child – which surprisingly can be a vastly different experience with each subsequent child.
Added with the around the clock, every two hour feeding demands of a newborn, this task can be incredibly daunting and overwhelming for new moms. Although a few families (and sometimes friends!) seem to value and automatically provide this kind of support, sadly many do not.
The postpartum doula seeks to close this gap by stepping in for mothers and families who don’t have the access to support or the ability to provide the depth of care that a new mother needs.
Postpartum Doula support is very fluid and supplies whatever the mother’s present need(s) may be.
These needs may include helping the mother with:
- Baby care
- Holding so mother can rest
- Household chores
- Just simply being present for mother
- Listening, helping the mother process her recent birth
- Assessing of postpartum mood disorders, referencing out for community & professional support
My fee for postpartum doula services is $25/hr, with a four hour minimum, and my availability
for postpartum support is M-F, from 8am-8pm, with overnights available to be arranged.
I bring my heart and knowledge to support you during the tender postpartum days, please don’t hesitate to allow me to support you!