The Postpartum Doula - Ginny


 

MY WORK AS A POSTPARTUM DOULA

Even for the most experienced parents, bringing home a new baby means changing routines, dividing time and just trying to figure out how to juggle it all. If mom had a cesarean delivery or any other birth complications, it can make the transition to home even more challenging. The problem that many families run into is finding the help they need to support them through these first few weeks.

This is where the help of a postpartum doula can be just the answer that these parents are looking for. Postpartum doulas assist families who are bringing home a new baby, whether that is through birth or adoption.

What is a Postpartum Doula?

A postpartum doula provides evidenced based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.

A postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby. Research shows that moms, dads and babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team is in place.

What type of services does a Postpartum Doula provide?

The postpartum doula offers many services to her clients, but her main goals are to help “mother the mother”, and nurture the entire family as they transition into life with a newborn. This would include doing things to help mom and dad feel more confident in their roles, sharing education on family adjustment and tending to the unique needs of a new mother.

A postpartum doula works with each family individually to find out their particular needs. Some of the duties that a postpartum doula will perform include:

  • Breastfeeding support
  • Help with the emotional and physical recovery after birth
  • Running errands
  • Assistance with newborn care such as diapering, bathing, feeding and comforting
  • Light meal preparation
  • Baby soothing techniques
  • Referrals to local resources such as parenting classes, pediatricians, lactation support and support groups

Most postpartum doulas provide service for a family anywhere from a few days up to a few weeks after bringing home a new baby. Families may have the doula work 1-3 days a week or as many as 5 days a week. Postpartum doulas often offer night time service to help the family transition more smoothly into the challenges of night time parenting. Each doula offers different services, so it’s important that each family decide what their needs are and find a doula who can meet those needs.

Charges for my services as a postpartum doula:-

R500 per day or part thereof.

R500 per night.

 

More and more families are asking for postpartum doula service as a shower or baby gift from family and friends. This is especially helpful for new families who have little or no family support nearby.

Zoe Beth Farley has been with me for 3 weeks now as her mum has gone back to teaching after her maternity leave.  Tomorrow 'Bongiwe' will be starting here with me as Zoe's nanny.  I will train her for 2 weeks and see how she adapts to Zoe's needs.  They will then go back home to become great friends and do lots of walks in her pram and enjoying playing on her mat.  Zoe is such a happy contented baby.

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0 #4 Virginia Oosthuizen 2012-11-17 20:05
Olivia Nel Corbishley Thank u for taking him from me at 5am that day! I remember getting 2 solid hours of sleep thanks to you xxx
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0 #3 Virginia Oosthuizen 2011-10-29 11:32
Aah Ginny, we are home, settled and I am feeling so happy. We are eternally indebited to you. Dr SO chuffed with healing. Have a good, early night without Ben belting it out at all hours! You will never know how much this weeks has meant to me and my family.
Huge hugs, Nikki
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0 #2 Virginia Oosthuizen 2011-10-28 16:49
Dearest Dave, Ginny and James,
There are simply not enough ways to thank you for all you have done for us. We are externally grateful and this card simply cannot do us justice.
We cannot believe that there are people like you all in the world, and I feel such a special bond with you for walking me through this time.
Secondly I look forward to many happy times in your home with the "Doula Girls".
All our love and thanks,
Greig, Nikki and Ben.
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+1 #1 Virginia Oosthuizen 2011-10-27 10:53
Dear Ginny, I am a friend of Lynn's and I gather you are looking after Nikki???? I am SO grateful that you have been there for Nix. She descibes you (if I have got it right..) as an angel. Thank you, thank you, thank you, from a caring friend, Bridgie
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What I Do

I am living my dream while working with mums and babies. I see mums when they are 34 weeks pregnant and then go to their homes once they go into labour. I stay for the full duration of the labour and after the birth I assist them with breast feeding. I do another visit after the birth to see that all is well and to help where I can.  Mums are always welcome to call me in the event that they have any questions, whether before or after the birth. I am passionate about my work as a doula and I care and love all the families with which I work. Once you have been present at a birth you feel part of the family and it’s wonderful to hear news of the new baby’s life as he or she grows.

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