What is a Postnatal Doula?
Just as when supporting birth clients, postnatally I provide emotional, practical and informational support.
Practical support I can provide varies enormously, and is adapted to each families needs. This can be help around the house, looking after baby while mum (and her partner) nap, helping with older siblings, making meals, helping with dinner time or the school run, even walking dogs or wrapping Christmas presents (which i hugely enjoy!). Whatever is needed to help a family relax and have a positive experience of life with a baby.
Unlike a maternity nurse, a doula is not there to take care of the baby for you. Instead, a postnatal doula supports you to be the parent you want to be.
If you choose to breastfeed, then I can support you with this and research shows that having a postnatal doula means breastfeeding is more likely to be successfully established.
I can also provide emotional support for mothers and couples. Parents these days can feel overwhelmed by differing advice offered. I give new parents the opportunity to talk things through, and just chat, knowing that they will not be dismissed or told what to do. Talking over the birth is a usual part of this, but I can also be there to support parents through concerns about siblings, feeding, going back to work, weaning, sleep – and what granny said she did in her day.