I have a new appreciation for what birth doulas do. It takes a lot of stamina, strength and patience to walk alongside a mama in labor. I have been on the other side many times but today was my first time being on the helping side. I just watched my newest granddaughter come into the world. I am exhausted. So a big shout out to the birth doulas out there. And of course a big shout out to all you mamas doing this birth thing.
This was shared on my Doula Facebook Group page and I thought it was a wonderful thing to share here….
In the hustle of the room I peered over at my friend bent over in pain. Baby had just been born and everyone was surrounding the miracle that happened before our eyes and naturally everyone was in awe of him. But I was especially in awe of her. I saw you, mama. I saw the pain in your eyes and in your face and in your body. Because this is now a new season called postpartum. We tend to forget our mamas when babies are around. We ask how baby is, what does baby need, can we hold the baby, can we buy this for the baby but… what about mama? Let us not forget the hard work she endured to carry this child AND the hard road ahead to mother and heal and feed and rest and parent her other children also. What do mamas really need? Meals dropped off, someone to watch baby so they can shower, solid child care for her other children, house cleaners to stop by and help out. Heating pads and coffee and comfy PJs. Maybe fast food. Or a friend to fold laundry. Maybe a new movie to watch or your Netflix login. Let’s not forget the mamas. It’s just so easy to because women are incredibly strong and seem to have it all together but they need the support and the extra hands more than ever entering into that fourth trimester.
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- Education on infant care skills
- Encourages family bonding
- Breastfeeding and bottle-feeding support
- Non-judgmental listening
- Processing of the birth and birth story
- Educational support
- Doula spends time with baby so family can rest
- Light housekeeping
- Run Errands
- Assist in nursery organization and set-up
- Assist with sibling care
- Help with adjustment issues
- Prepare nutritious meals and snacks
- Assist mother in being able to get appropriate rest and showers
- Supportive person in the environment to help with the needs of the mother
- Benefits dad by giving him help with the chores and he can have less anxiety about going back to work
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Who are Postpartum Doulas and what in the world do they do? Why would I want one?
Well Postpartum Doulas are women who have a heart and passion for mothers. Who want to be there to nurture the mother as she starts this new journey. A Postpartum Doula isn’t just for first time mothers. We are here for all mothers, and fathers too. Not only do we want to be there to allow moms to rest and heal, we want to be there to help the family to adjust to this new little life in the family.
Some things Postpartum Doulas do are, but are not limited to: caring for baby while mom rests or takes a refreshing shower, sibling care to allow mom and baby bond, light housekeeping, meal prep, making nutritious snacks, breastfeeding and baby care education, shopping, errands, pampering mom, laundry, a listening ear, share resources and organizing the nursery. These are just some of the things. A Postpartum Doula can talk with you before your birth to see what would benefit you the most once you come home from the hospital.
If you have further questions, I would love to chat with you to see how I can help you. Feel free to leave a comment or use the Contact page.