A postpartum doula is a specially trained and experienced professional who provides non-medical support, including lactation coaching, to a new mother directly following the birth of a child. 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.
As your postpartum doula, I am there to help a new family in the 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. Postpartum doulas are typically hired to provide this type of support for anywhere from a few weeks or a few months.
Having a one-on-one experience with a postpartum doula is a wonderful and helpful way to get in the moment experience you can’t necessarily learn from books or classes. From breastfeeding support, giving baby their first bath to providing coaching along the way, working with the right doula for you and your family is an intimate connection and reliable resource that can help ensure an easy transition.