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Postpartum Doulas and The Fourth Trimester

The fourth trimester is the time when a baby is changing and developing rapidly—as if they were still in the womb—for the first twelve weeks or so, while their parents also change and develop rapidly to learn their baby and learn themselves in their new roles as parents of this baby. As beautiful as this concept may be, it can still leave many people wondering what postpartum doulas actually do, and what it has to do with the fourth trimester. Here is a sampling of our role over the first 12 weeks of life with a newborn.

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