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What are Birth & Postpartum Doulas?

Birth Doulas

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  • Provide a wide range of caring, non-clinical and highly beneficial techniques including physical comfort measures and emotional support before, during and after the birth.
  • Understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
  • Access helpful information for the expectant, laboring and postpartum parent/s to assist in their decision-making.
  • Work in cooperation with physicians, midwives, nurses, and the partners and families of laboring and postpartum women.
  • Facilitate communication between the laboring woman, her partner and clinical care providers.
  • Vary in experience, training, services, and personality. There are certifications for doulas; however, many very experienced doulas are not certified.
  • Recognize that childbirth is a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life. Thus, doulas help nurture and protect the woman’s memory of her birth experience.
  • Provide support and care for adoptive parents in the first few weeks of their new family member’s arrival.

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Postpartum Doulas

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  • Provide care and emotional support for the mother after the birth.
  • Nurture the mother so she feels empowered in her ability to care for her newborn.
  • Assist in the daily routine at home; help with nursery and household organization with a new baby.
  • Listen without judgement.
  • Trained to recognize postpartum depression early on and to make appropriate referrals.
  • Educate, support, and assist with breastfeeding and refer when needed.
  • Offer practical household help such as tidying, laundry, dishwashing and simple meal preparation.
  • Run errands and/or accompany mothers/fathers to doctor visits, sibling classes or stores.
  • Help with sibling adjustment.
  • Guide parent/s with newborn caretaking and soothing skills.
  • Provide support for adoptive parents.
  • Postpartum doula services make a wonderful gift for the new mom.

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