A postnatal doula is a trained professional who provides physical, emotional, and informational support to parents and their families during the postpartum period. Unlike a medical professional, a doula does not offer medical advice or perform medical procedures; instead, they focus on providing non-medical support and guidance to promote the well-being of both the parents and the newborn.
Here are some key aspects of what a postnatal doula does:
- Emotional Support: Postnatal doulas offer emotional support to parents as they navigate the challenges of early parenthood. They provide a listening ear and a non-judgmental space for parents to express their feelings and concerns.
- Physical Support: Doulas assist with various physical tasks such as newborn care, feeding support (breastfeeding or formula feeding), light household chores, meal preparation, and running errands. This practical help allows parents to rest and recover after childbirth.
- Informational Support: Doulas provide evidence-based information and guidance on topics related to postnatal care, infant feeding, baby care, and postpartum recovery. They can answer questions and provide resources to empower parents to make informed decisions.
- Sibling and Family Support: If there are older siblings in the family, postnatal doulas can engage with them, ensuring that their needs are met and helping them adjust to the new family dynamics. They can also support the wider family by assisting with tasks related to older children or household management.
- Breastfeeding Support: For parents who choose to breastfeed, postnatal doulas can offer guidance on latching techniques, positioning, and overcoming common breastfeeding challenges. They provide encouragement and reassurance during this learning process.
- Promoting Self-Care: Doulas encourage parents to take care of themselves, both physically and emotionally. They emphasize the importance of rest, proper nutrition, and self-compassion during the postpartum period.
- Assisting with Baby Sleep: Doulas can offer suggestions and techniques to help newborns establish healthy sleep patterns, although it's important to note that they do not endorse specific sleep training methods.
Overall, the role of a postnatal doula is to provide continuous support, guidance, and reassurance to parents during the postpartum period, promoting a positive and confident start to their parenting journey.
Birthkeepers that provide this service
The Male Doula
I am a passionate and experienced doula who believes that everyone deserves a positive and empowering birth experience. I provide prenatal education, labour and delivery support, and postpartum care to birthing people of all ages, backgrounds, and medical histories. I am committed to advocating for birthing people and their rights, and I am passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion in the birth community.See profile
Hello lovely one, I'm Nat. I am a devoted birth and postnatal doula, passionate about supporting birthing people to be informed and empowered during their journey through pregnancy and beyond. I am blessed to be a birth worker that had the support of a doula during my own pregnancy and birth. This experience is partly what drives my passion for working with birthing people. I wish for all new parents to have the opportunity to be nurtured and supported to make informed choices during this time.See profile