A Postpartum Doula is a professional provider who is highly trained and experienced in all things postpartum. From the beginning of time, the community has surrounded pregnant people and their young families. Friends and family members cared for them and their new little one(s). Advice and support with the day-to-day running of their households surrounded them all the time. As a result of this support, families were able to focus on recovery from birth and learn about their newest family member while others took care of them.
Today, Postpartum Doulas are specially trained to step into this role for those who no longer live near their families or in small communities, surrounded by support. Due to their specialized training, they are well versed in general newborn care and feeding, family dynamics, postpartum mood disorders, breastfeeding support, and common and uncommon medical issues surrounding the birthing person’s recovery from birth.
If you are looking for someone who will assist your family overnight and follow your instructions on when to feed the baby and how to care for the baby, a Postpartum Doula may be right for you. They are comfortable enough with infants to let you sleep at night but to come to get you when it’s time to breastfeed.