A doula is an extra pair of hands to care for you and your partner so that you can take care of your basic needs and have more time to bond with your baby.
Why Hire a Postpartum Doula, Lactation Educator or Baby Nurse?
In many cases, nurturing human interaction is overlooked in our fast-paced, tech-savvy world. Having a doula as a dependable support person can transform your birth and postpartum experience. A postpartum doula can ease feelings of apprehension and uncertainty and will address your questions and concerns in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby. Research shows that moms, dads and babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team is in place.
What is a Postpartum Doula (aka Baby Nurse)?
A postpartum doula is a trained and experienced professional who provides evidence based information on things like:
- breast feeding and bottle-feeding
- emotional and physical recovery from birth
- infant sleep cycles
- normal newborn behavior
- basic baby care and soothing techniques
Postpartum doulas provide non-medical care to the mother, partner, and family during the transition of a new baby. Doulas make sure the family is supported and informed, which allows parents to focus on their baby/babies, partners and other children. Postpartum doulas also assist with lactation support, non-medical newborn care, parenting resources, nutritional support and meal preparation, light household tasks and baby-related errands.
What is a Lactation Educator?
A Lactation Educator teaches, supports, and educates new mothers and their families on breastfeeding issues. For first time parents choosing to breastfeed, this assistance may be especially important. Lactation education is supporting the entirety of the postpartum experience.