The Postpartum Doula cares for the mother and her family in their home in the first few weeks following the birth of their baby. A Doula provides non-medical support and companionship, assists with newborn care and sibling adjustment, meal preparation and household organization.
In this new time for a family, it can be very helpful to have an extra pair of hands. There are many changes and demands put on parents with the arrival of a new baby.
As a non-judgmental caregiver, the Postpartum Doula assists the new mother with her recovery from the birth experience, allowing her to focus on the needs of the new baby, helps the new family by demonstrating practical newborn care and supports the mother with the method of feeding she has chosen.
A postpartum doula provides individually tailored emotional and practical in-home support. Services vary from family to family but often include:
- Breastfeeding/bottlefeeding support and assistance.
- Suggestions and assistance with mother’s birth recovery.
- Information on infant and parent sleep patterns.
- Guidance on newborn care.
- Recognizing and responding to perinatal mood disorders.
- Light housekeeping, laundry and meal preparation.
- Sibling and pet care.
All certified NAPS doulas are professionally trained in postpartum care, certified in infant/child CPR, and have current, clean police background checks.