Role of a Postpartum Doula
The role of the Postpartum Doula is to assist the family during the transitioning and adjustment period of the newborn coming home. The top priority is caring for the mother by making sure she is getting rest and nutrition, thereby enabling an optimal postpartum recovery. Encouraging bonding between baby and new parents and assisting them with getting to know their new baby. Offering evidence based support on newborn sleep, soothing techniques and every day care. Extensive knowledge is shared about breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, pumping and when further support is needed. The goal is to provide a calm and peaceful environment so parents can recover and bond with their newborn during this precious time. Assistance is given to the family to understand the “new normal”. Offering suport in finding what works best for the parents in their new roles and assistance finding outside resources for specific needs. Jennifer only offers daytime postpartum support hours.
What is included in all of the packages
Although every family has a different priority of needs, here are some of the things often covered
- Answer questions, teach and support new parents in newborn care with evidence based information to help parents feel confident in their choices and abilities
- Non-judgemenal emotional support
- Feeding (breast/pumping/bottle) help and support
- Support in bathing and overall care of the newborn
- Holding and caring for the newborn if parents need to rest, shower, have some time for self care or run some errands
- Babywearing help and recommendations
- Help with newborn sleep schedules
- Light housekeeping (vacuum, dishes, baby laundry, keeping house tidy)
- Light meal and snack prep with food provided by the family
- Attend doctor appointments/errands with family and the newborn as needed.