What is a Postpartum Doula?
After you've had a baby, you have two tasks. Recover from birth and bond with your baby. That's it. Two jobs. Nothing more.
A postpartum doula helps you and your family create the space and take the time to accomplish those two tasks. A doula helps keep the world at bay while you recover and bond. They assist with meal prep and light housework. They offer gentle advice on newborn care and comforting techniques. They take care of the baby while you shower or get some much-needed rest. A doula provides assistance and education with breastfeeding or handles a bottle-feeding session. When appropriate, they work with your partner, encouraging your partner to take a positive, active role during this time. A trained doula has received education in postpartum mood disorders and can offer referrals to mental help professionals if you're struggling. In fact, your doula should have connections to a variety of "newborn/new parent" professionals - lactation consultants, sleep consultants, babywearing groups, etc - they are a valuable resource for your new family.
Most importantly, your doula listens to you without judgment, without agenda. And you feel supported, confident in your abilities and secure in your new parenting role.