What is a Postpartum Doula?

The Postpartum Doula is trained in postpartum adjustment, newborn characteristics, care, feeding, and development, and the promotion of parent-infant bonding.  She has experience in supporting families through their postpartum period. Coming into the home during the fourth trimester following birth, the Doula's role is to provide education, nonjudgmental support, and companionship, and to assist with newborn care and family adjustment. She may also help with  meal preparation, errands, grocery shopping, baby laundry, sibling care  and light household tasks. The Postpartum Doula can spend time with the baby, allowing parents to cuddle and have quality time with older children, in addition to creating a nurturing, restful atmosphere in which parents may eat, shower and take a nap. The Postpartum Doula offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents. She can also make appropriate referrals when necessary.