What does a doula do?
Doula is the Greek word meaning 'women's servant'; however, the definition has come to be known as persons who are experienced in childbirth. Doulas provide continuous physical and emotional support during and after labour.
A doula provides you:
- Continuous emotional and physical care during pregnancy, the birth process, and after.
- Knowledge and a voice, to ensure you know your rights and to empower you to make informed choices.
- Additional support as part of your team and does not replace your partner's role.
- A true presents to witness this powerful moment in your lives.
What is a postpartum doula?
Adjusting to a new addition to your family requires a lot of support. A postpartum doula is there to mother the mother, emotionally and physically, during the first few days, weeks, or even months after the birth of the child.
She can provide:
- Breastfeeding support and instruction
- Assistance with bathing, changing, swaddling, and holding the baby
- Supervision of the newborn while mom gets rest or attends to other children
- Assistance with the family's adjustment to their new roles
- Light household tasks and meal preparation
- Accompaniment on family errands, such as grocery shopping
- Supervision of our baby while you run errands
- Connections to community resources