What is a Postpartum Doula?

       Doula is an ancient Greek word most commonly translated as female maidservant. A postpartum doula, in today's world, is a woman who is trained and experienced in providing the new mother with non-medical support after childbirth. She will begin to help you immediately following the birth of your baby. She offers the new parents guidance and encouragement. She helps to nurture the new mother during the recovery period and with getting comfortable in caring for your newborn.

Doulas try to work themselves out of a job by helping you to feel more confident and secure in your new role as parents. Most work in your home for a few days until up to a few months. The cost for a doula varies by experience level and location. The average fee is $25.- 40. per hour.

What does a Postpartum Doula do?

A doula will come to your home for a minimum of 4 hours per day. She will provide emotional support for the new mom, guide her efforts at feeding the baby, model baby care basics, run errands, perform light household assistance, prepare light meals, read to your other children and help with baby laundry.

She will teach you to change diapers, bathe, feed and put your baby down to sleep. When you need a break, she will care for the baby, providing security and affection. She will keep you company or disappear when you want to be alone with your new family.

A postpartum doula can take a tremendous burden off of new fathers who may not feel capable of providing the nurturing a recovering wife and new baby needs. If a husband can't take time off from work, he knows that he is not leaving his wife to fend for herself.

What training does a Postpartum Doula have?

A postpartum doula receives training in the areas of:

  • Dealing with recovery from delivery
  • Basic Baby Care
  • Breast feeding
  • Formula feeding
  • Postpartum depression