Postnatal Support

Postnatal Support

A postnatal doula provides physical, emotional and informational support to new parents during the postpartum period, which typically refers to the weeks or months following the birth of a baby. This support is designed to help parents adjust to their new roles and responsibilities, recover from childbirth, and care for their newborns.

Here are some of the ways in which how I can offer postnatal support to you and your family.

Emotional Support: Postnatal doulas offer a listening ear and emotional reassurance to new parents as they navigate the challenges and joys of the postpartum period. They can provide a safe and non judgmental space for parents to express their feelings, concerns, and fears.

Practical Assistance: Postnatal doulas often help with various practical tasks looking after baby. This allows parents to focus on rest.

Doulas may offer guidance and education on baby care, including feeding (breastfeeding or bottle-feeding).

Breastfeeding Support: If the new mother is breastfeeding, Ican provide valuable assistance with breastfeeding positions, latching, and addressing common breastfeeding challenges.  I also offer information about pumping and storing breast milk.

Sibling and Family Support: Postnatal doulas can help older siblings adjust to the arrival of a new baby and provide support to the whole family unit. They may engage in age-appropriate activities with older children or offer tips on managing the family dynamics during this transition.

Sleep Support: Doulas can offer strategies for improving the family's sleep routine, which can be especially challenging with a newborn. They may help parents understand normal infant sleep patterns and provide suggestions for establishing healthy sleep habits.

Self-Care: Postnatal doulas encourage parents to prioritize self-care and rest, as a well-rested and emotionally supported parent is better equipped to care for their baby.

Referrals and Resources: Doulas often have knowledge of local resources and can provide referrals to support groups, healthcare professionals, lactation consultants, and other services that may be helpful for the new parents.

It's important to note that a postnatal doula does not provide medical care or make medical decisions. They complement the care provided by healthcare professionals. The specific services provided by a postnatal doula can be tailored to the individual needs and preferences of the family. Their goal is to assist parents in their unique postpartum journey and help them feel confident and well-supported during this important time.