A postpartum doula provides support to the mother and family following the birth of baby. This care can be for a week or for months after the baby arrives. Care includes; but is not limited to breastfeeding support, mother and newborn care assistance, sibling care, integration of newborn, meal preparation, light housekeeping, nursery organization and running errands. We offer education, companionship, and nonjudgemental support during the “fourth trimester” by providing evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth and coping skills for new parents as well as give appropriate referrals when necessary.
Studies have found significantly less anxiety, fewer signs of postpartum depression and a higher level of self-esteem in mothers who are supported during the postpartum period. Mothers who feel better about themselves are also more likely to provide a nurturing environment for their infants and have greater success with breastfeeding.