What does a Postpartum Doula Do?
The Postpartum Doula’s services are tailored to help the new mother rest as much as possible so that she can recover from the birth in a timely fashion. The Postpartum Doula “mothers the mother”. While the Postpartum Doula is very knowledgeable about newborn care, the scope of her role is not to take over the care of the newborn, as this would interfere with the mother and baby getting to know each other and bond. A Postpartum Doula provides loving support, so that the new mother feels rested, well nourished and with her household in good order so she can focus her energies on her new baby.
What Doulas Do Not Do?
As a Doula I do not:
Perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure taking, newborn heart checks, incision/personal exams or the like. I am there to provide only physical comfort, emotional support and advocacy.
Make decisions for you. I will help you get the information necessary to make informed decisions.
Speak to other care providers on your behalf regarding matters where decisions are being made. I will discuss your concerns with you and suggest options, but you or your partner will speak directly to the clinical staff or your care provider.
Choosing a Doula
Our initial interview does not obligate you to use my services. If you do select me to interview, I will meet with you and your partner to become acquainted with you, your priorities, fears or concerns; become familiar with your ways and decide how to best support you.
Once you’ve selected me, postpartum services are billed by the hour, and a schedule is set up in advance for how many hours of work will be required.
Workdays for the Postpartum Doula generally average 4 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum. The schedule can be altered to suit both the family’s and the Doula’s needs. A postpartum contract for services is individually formulated and signed, and can be open-ended if the family is not certain how many hours they will require.
With many families living far apart from one another, a Postpartum Doula can provide a much needed service that family members usually take care of. A gift certificate for Postpartum Doula services can be an excellent shower gift for any new family.
What package or how many hours of service will I need?
I am sure we can work together to come up with a package suited to you and your family. If you are unsure of what support you may need especially if this is your first baby, contact me via the contact us tab and we can arrange to meet and discuss what these needs may entail. Explore my website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me.