This blog post is in Celebration of World Doula Week #worlddoulaweek and in response to a challenge put on by Not Just Nine Birth Services blog challenge.
The topic today is what is a Doula? While the textbook definition is a person who supports a mother either in labor or postpartum, I will tell you what being a Doula is to me.
As a postpartum doula, I serve my families anytime within the first 12 weeks of their infant's life earthside. With every visit, I arrive at their home and assess the situation. Sometimes it's a matter of triage, mom and dad are in tears, baby is screaming and the dog needs to be fed. I put my bag down, and start working on the high priorities,mom needs help breastfeeding baby, send dad out for a break, feed dog, swaddle baby to soothe, encourage mom to shower, feed parents and dog. Usually within an hour or two the house of turmoil becomes again a peaceful haven.
With a Postpartum Doula, those early days with your infant don't have to be so tough. Postpartum Doulas are trained for this stuff! We also provide you evidence based information on the questions you have about baby's care and individual needs.
Some visits are about reassuring parents that they are doing everything they can to support their high needs baby. I research and find reccomended resources for you to pursue. You don't have time to read and research everything, let a doula do it!
Postpartum Doulas are babywearing,breastfeeding, soothing, swaddling, diapering, bathing, cooking, tidying, errands, support in a non-judgemental, no strings attached package.
And that is what a Postpartum Doula is!