What is a Postpartum Doula?
A postpartum doula is a trained professional who helps the family welcome a new baby, whether it’s their first time, or the fifth time. She gives support to the family by providing information like breastfeeding and basic newborn care, and emotional and physical recovery from birth. Studies show that a postpartum doula lowers the risk of postpartum depression, as welcoming a new baby may bring uncertainty, fatigue, and stress. The Pinay Doulas Collective can take a huge burden off the new family and help them focus on the essentials, thus keeping the experience of a new baby exciting and wondrous.
Coverage of Care
- Informational and emotional support
- Tips on creating a realistic and helpful postpartum plan
- Guidance on building a safe, secure, and conducive environment for the newborn
- Breastfeeding counseling: latch, position, hand expression, cup feeding, tips on returning to work, etc.
- Guidance on identifying and understanding infant cues and behavior
- Advice and support on getting as much sleep as possible in the first month; sleep coaching for baby, mommy and daddy
- Safe co-sleeping advice
- Diapering tutorials
- Babywearing tutorials
- Infant bathing and infant massage demonstrations
- Relactation, if necessary
- Care and comfort measures as mother recuperates
- Assistance with infant care should mother want to take a shower, take a nap, etc.
- Processing of the birthing experience with the parents
- Light housekeeping, as necessary
- Referrals to medical professionals, as necessary
- Other tasks as the situation calls for and as mutually agreed upon