What Does a Postpartum Doula Do?

So what exactly does a postpartum doula do? We get this question so often! Most parents are at least familiar with the concept of a birth doula, but a postpartum doula is something a lot of parents haven’t heard of yet.

I’d love to give you a glimpse into this amazing service! So, I’m going to walk you through a postpartum session that I did recently with a mom of 6. She so graciously allowed me to photograph our session (thank you Cassi!!).

When I first arrived, mom was trying to eat breakfast, soothe a fussy baby, and manage the other 5 kiddos that were on school break. I took over soothing the babe so momma could finish her oatmeal, and greeted the big kids.

How She Was Supported

We talked about her birth and how postpartum was going while I ohhhed and awwed over her sweet little guy. Then we got a plan together for our session. There was an abundance of laundry to do, I was going to put a meal in the crockpot for her for dinner, and she wanted help with her Bengkung belly tie (this belly wrap is really supportive and helps with healing). 

Over the next 3 hours we did several loads of laundry, I observed a nursing session, entertained the big kids, did some meal prep, did some swaddling review, and helped her use her belly wrap.

At the end of our session, mama had a healthy dinner cooking, clean clothes folded and put away, and a wrapped, supported belly. 

What Would Your Postpartum Session Look Like?

Each family and postpartum session is different and customized for the family’s needs. I often give parents a break when i’m there to shower or take a nap while I care for baby and get some household chores done. If there are any challenges with feeding, fussy babies, or mental health, we address it and make a plan. I commonly make cookies or meal prep for dinner when I’m there, and I always check on my way in if any errands need to be run. Many a Target trips for breast pads have occurred lol! 

I often see families 2-3 times in the first week after they get home from the hospital or have settled in after a homebirth. Most feeding issues occur in the first 3-7 days after birth so as a Certified Lactation Consultant,  I really want to make sure everyone is off to a great start. Then I commonly see families 1-2 times a week until they are confident and flourishing! I serve families within the first year of babies life and can start at any point. 

As parents ourselves, we know how hard it can be to ask for help. But, everyone deserves to be cared for when their family grows. You don’t have to do it alone. If this service peaks your interest, we’d love to meet you and explore all your options!

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