Being a new mommy comes with enough stress and anxiety as it is. And even with the right support system in place you still face many challenges and hurdles. You have so much to worry about after giving birth to a newborn baby and an experienced postpartum doula can help provide comfort and knowledge when it comes to your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Let’s go over what a postpartum doula does and how you can benefit from hiring one of your own.
What Does a Postpartum Doula Do?
A postpartum doula provides physical, emotional, and informational support to new parents during the first few months after birth. Their primary role is to help ease the transition into parenthood by offering guidance on infant care, emotional support for the parents, and assistance with household tasks. They may help with feeding (breast or bottle), changing diapers, swaddling, calming the baby, and promoting healthy sleep habits. Additionally, they can help new parents adjust to their new roles, provide reassurance and education on postpartum recovery, and refer them to resources in the community as needed. Overall, a postpartum doula can help reduce stress and increase confidence in new parents as they navigate the early weeks and months of parenting.
Who Needs a Postpartum Doula?
Any family who has recently had a baby can benefit from the services of a postpartum doula. First-time mothers may be particularly overwhelmed with the demands of caring for a newborn, while families with multiple children may need assistance in managing household responsibilities while caring for a new baby. Mothers who have experienced difficult childbirth or have a history of postpartum depression may need extra support during the postpartum period.
Families without local support or those who wish to have considerations beyond traditional care may also find a postpartum doula helpful. Overall, a postpartum doula can provide a valuable service by easing the transition into new parenthood and allowing the mother and family to focus on bonding and recovery.
Something you need to consider when searching for a postpartum doula is what kind of support you think you may need. Will you need a doula to help you for just a few days after the birth of your new child? Maybe you need support for a few days each week. Or if you need overnight support, some postpartum doulas do offer this, then this is something you will want to ask when interviewing potential postpartum doulas.
What Should I Look for in a Postpartum Doula?
One of the most important factors is the doula’s experience and certifications. Look for someone who has relevant experience working with families at similar stages as yours. For example, I am a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula and UCSD trained Lactation Counselor here in San Diego.
Additionally, ensuring that the doula has certifications can indicate that they have a high level of expertise and commitment to the field. Another important factor is their availability and flexibility, as postpartum support differs from one family to another. Lastly, it is essential to assess the exact services the doula provides to ensure they align with your postpartum goals and priorities.
Taking these factors into consideration while choosing a postpartum doula will enable you to get the support you need during this crucial period.
Do You Offer Free Postpartum Doula Consultations?
As a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula and UCSD trained Lactation Counselor here in San Diego, I offer free consultations for you and your family. Lets connect and discuss your goals and discover how I can help you be the strongest new mommy you can be. Explore the many postpartum doula services I offer.