Mothering Forum banner
1 - 4 of 4 Posts

· Registered
2,494 Posts
I am a postpartum doula and I support with the following:

*24 hours a day on call breastfeeding and postpartum support
*Help with baby's first feeding if needed
*Recommendations for relief of engorgement and other common breastfeeding discomforts (thrush, plugged ducts, mastitis)
*Recommendations for flat or inverted nipples
*Unlimited e-mail and telephone contact during postpartum period
*Help with postpartum depression
*Help with questions about care of your newborn and yourself after delivery
*Help with perineal care
*Supporting new parents with a non-judgmental ear
*Assisting siblings as they adjust to their new roles
*Guidance on all baby care including how to give the first bath, swaddling, burping techniques, soothing, babywearing and more
*Going over ways to increase bonding including infant massage
*Helping with childcare so parents can shower, nap or eat a meal
*Meal preparation, loading the dishwasher (or doing dishes) and laundry services & light housekeeping
*Running small errands like going to the store and pharmacy and pet care

Some moms just ask me for positive support and encourage them to get out of bed and start the day and push them to get dressed and not stay in Pjs till 2 in the afternoon. Essentially I do whatever you need me to do, weather its listed or not (within reason of course).

Also here is a list of what most pp doulas do NOT do:

* Perform clinical tasks, such as blood pressure, fetal heart checks, vaginal exams, and others. I am there to provide only physical comfort, emotional support and advocacy
*Diagnose medical conditions for the mother or the baby
*Take over the care of the baby
*Advance money for purchases such as groceries and prescriptions, instead I ask for you to provide cash
*Heavy cleaning of the home such as mopping or cleaning tubs

Hope that gives you a better idea.
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.