What is a Postnatal Doula
A large part of motherhood and the responsibilities of a primary caregiver is having trust in yourself and the decisions you make for your baby. The job of a postpartum doula is to help you get there.
It takes a village to raise a baby.
We’ve all heard the saying but still, in Western societies, we dismiss its wisdom. We often live in isolated family units and expect each unit to take care of its own. Many of us have moved cross-country – or even across the world – and are far removed from the support we’d usually receive from family and friends.
To make it even harder, there’s immense pressure for women to soldier on after childbirth. The idea of a “resting period” after birth is considered a luxury. Good mothers get up and get on with their lives as soon as they return home from the hospital.
We put all the attention, care, and love on the newborn, forgetting that mum and dad need nurturing too. And this neglect leads to large numbers of parents dealing with anxiety or postnatal depression.
So what is a postpartum or postnatal doula? She is a non-medical professional who supports, nourishes, and listens to the parents. Mum cares for baby and the postnatal doula cares for mum.
What does a postpartum doula do?
One of my roles as a postpartum doula is to help you gain confidence in feeding, swaddling, and bathing baby, helping baby sleep, and bonding with your newborn.
“The whole family benefits from a happy and confident mother. But if mum struggles, nobody flourishes.”
As your postnatal doula, I focus especially on the emotional support you need when you’re at your most vulnerable. You can vent your concerns and feelings about the birth and any overwhelm you might be feeling post-birth.
If you’re experiencing feeding issues or anxiety around bub, I’m there to provide support and techniques to overcome any difficulties. I even have a list of different practitioners and can book appointments for you to visit the GP, if needed.
Other services can include providing home cooked meals, time for rest, light household cleaning, and taking care of baby when mum needs to do important things like shower!
Whether it’s your first child or your fifth, the transition from pregnancy to parenthood is always jolting. It’s exhausting and all-consuming. But it’s also beautiful. And with the right support and care, it’s a time you’ll come to cherish.
Treat yourself to some essential TLC. If you’re in southeast Melbourne or on the Mornington Peninsula, let’s get in touch.