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What is a Postpartum Doula?

Updated: May 3, 2023

A postpartum doula is trained to provide new parents and their families with emotional, physical, and informational support during the postpartum period (Also referred to as the Fourth Trimester).


The postpartum period is a crucial time for new mothers as they recover from childbirth, adjust to their new roles, and care for their newborns. Postpartum doulas can help ease the transition by providing a variety of services that meet the unique needs of each family.

One of the primary roles of a postpartum doula is to provide emotional support to new parents. The postpartum period can be an emotional time for mothers as they navigate the changes that come with motherhood. A postpartum doula can provide a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on during this time. They can also offer reassurance and encouragement to new parents who may be feeling overwhelmed or unsure of themselves.


In addition to emotional support, postpartum doulas can provide physical support to new mothers. They can help with tasks such as feeding, diaper changes, and burping, allowing new mothers to rest and recover. Postpartum doulas can also help with sibling care and adjustment when relevant which can make a big impact when welcoming a new baby into the family. They can also assist with household chores such as laundry, light meal preparation, dishwashing & more; easing the burden on new parents who may be experiencing fatigue or physical discomfort.


Postpartum doulas also provide informational support to new parents. They can answer questions about infant care, feeding, and postpartum recovery. They can also provide resources for additional support, such as lactation consultants or mental health professionals. This information can help new parents feel more confident and prepared to care for their newborns.


Postpartum doulas are trained professionals who provide valuable support to new mothers and families during the postpartum period. Their emotional, physical, and informational support can help ease the transition to motherhood and ensure that new mothers receive the care they need. If you are a new mother, consider hiring a postpartum doula to help you navigate this exciting but challenging time in your life.


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It really does take a village,


Lihi

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