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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