FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS

 

+ What is a postpartum doula?

Postpartum doulas provide support customized to address the unique needs of each woman and family.

+ What services does a postpartum doula provide?

Her services include, but may not be limited to…

Nurturing of the new mother: tips to help the post-birth healing process, discussion of rest and nutrition needs, a listening ear, assistance processing the birth experience, meal or snack preparation, and caring for the needs of the home so mom can sleep or rest

Infant feeding support: training, experience, and additional resources for both breastfeeding moms and bottle-feeding parents, with additional training to support the lactation journey

New baby care education: building your confidence in the basics of infant care, such as bathing, cord care, circumcision care, dressing, cloth or disposable diapering, infant soothing techniques, and patterns and habits to establish good baby sleep

Family adjustment: support for the whole family’s adjustment to life with new baby, including partners, siblings, and pets

Meal preparation: a home-cooked meal made fresh and ready-to-eat

Household care: laundry, linens, sweeping, vacuuming, dishes, light cleaning, plant care, pet care, dog walking, and errand-running

Sibling care: care for older children so that parents and baby can rest and bond

+ What services does a postpartum doula not provide?

Postpartum doulas do not...perform medical or clinical tasks, such as exams or monitoring. They do not provide cleaning services beyond light housework as detailed above. Lastly, doulas do not provide childcare beyond as detailed above.