A Post Natal Doula supports a newborn Mum in the way she is needing to be supported (without judgement)
Often all the focus is on the birth & the Baby. For the first few weeks you will have MCHN visits, but they will not help you get back on your feet or offer you practical help/support at home when you need it the most.
This is where a Postnatal Doula can be very helpful for you!
We start as early as right at birth or later towards 6 weeks after birth...
Post Natal Doula's will offer support in the following ways:
Massage/reiki/foot bath, breast massage (keep the milk flowing & avoid getting engorged breasts/ mastitis)
Offer Suggestions with the baby (sleep/settle/feeding etc.)
Support the Mother in their choices for their baby
Help the Mother with the baby when required: hold, bath, change, settle & baby massage.
Allow rest time for Mum while her body is recovering & beyond
Run errands, shopping & prepare meals
Offer daytime in home support (available to talk at other times)
Support with siblings (play with them or take them to park)
Whatever is required by the Mother with regards to supporting her recovery & bonding with baby.
Closing of the Bones Ceremony (to help New Mums body heal)
Support the partner if required (birth debrief, his new role)
De-brief of the birth with Mum & Dad
Support breast/bottle feeding
Make sure the mum drinks, eats, rests & does something small for herself regularly
Help the Mum/partner feel more confident in handling baby (getting in & out of car also)
Support both parents if separate from bubs/stillborn
A Newborn Mother need to be Mothered as much as a newborn needs to be Mothered!
If you'd like more information on our Post Natal Doula Service, please contact: