I believe the time that can be most daunting for a new mom is immediately after returning home with your new little family member. As a new mom, you will be recovering physically from labor and delivery while dealing with engorgement, uterine contractions, etc… You may be dealing with breastfeeding issues, lack of sleep, and worry about caring for your new baby. All of these are reasons to have a good support system ready to assist.
The main goal of a postpartum doula is to help “mother the mother”.
Using a doula has also proven to be beneficial to the mothers psychological well-being and , in turn, created better mother-infant interactions during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that at 6 weeks postpartum women who use a doula have:
- been significantly less anxious
- lower scores on a test of depression
- measured higher levels of self-esteem
- more success breastfeeding
Postpartum doula services include, but not limited to:
- Breastfeeding support
- Help with the emotional and physical recovery after birth
- Light housekeeping so that mom does not feel so overwhelmed
- Running errands
- Assistance with newborn care such as diapering, bathing, feeding and comforting
- Light meal preparation
- Baby soothing techniques
- Sibling care
- Referrals to local resources such as parenting classes, pediatricians, lactation support and support groups
If you feel you need services that are not listed feel free to ask so we can discuss them. I most likely can help or refer you to someone that can meet your needs.