What is a Postnatal Doula
Support, nourish & listen. Mum cares for baby and the postnatal doula cares for mum.
In western societies we now see the idea of a ‘resting period’ after birth as a luxury. To be a good mother means that we must get up and get on, as soon as we get home from the hospital. The care, love and attention is only really placed on looking after the newborn. This is a dangerous notion and one that leads to a very high number of parents dealing with anxiety or suffering from postnatal depression. After emerging from pregnancy into parenthood, whether it be your first or fifth child, is an exhausting, all consuming, yet beautiful time. To allow yourself time to adjust to the new baby in your arms and the change in your world, it is imperative that you are looked after and supported.
Postpartum Doulas are here to fill a very sensitive and particular moment in time, that has been lost in the western culture. When a women gives birth, she needs to be supported and nourished so that she can be there to help her baby thrive. That is my job, that is what I am here to do. If you are not the one expecting a baby but a friend or a relative is, a gift of a postnatal doula will be something a family will never forget.
Before you find out more about me, below are some nasty facts around mental health after a baby is born. This is by no means here to scare you but to give a better understanding as to why this role is so important in the birth of a mother (not just your first child) and why we need to be supporting her.
My packages are tailored dependant on the needs of each individual family. If we get to meet before the birth than we will have an hour or so together to discuss what your ideas are around how your life will look after having a newborn baby, what type of care you think will suit you and if you have any food allergies or preferences
Once baby is born, I will come for 3 hour blocks of time, generally twice a week but again this can be tailored to yours and the babies needs.