What is Postpartum?
Postpartum refers to the period of time after the birth of a baby. This period generally encompasses the first 3 months and is also known as the "Fourth Trimester." The fourth trimester is the idea that the first 3 months of a baby's life are an extension of life in the womb. It takes time for a baby to adjust to life in the outside world and meeting a newborn’s demands during this initial period can be a rigorous process for new parents.
What is a Postpartum Doula?
A postpartum doula (Doo'-luh) is a woman who is trained to offer physical, emotional and informational support to a mother and her partner throughout the early postpartum period. A postpartum doula comes to your home and helps develop the skills needed to care for your infant while balancing the process of recovery, breastfeeding relationship, loss of sleep and household chores.
POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INCLUDES:
Healing & Comfort Strategies, post birth
Pumping, Milk Storage & Bottle Education
Newborn Care Education
Newborn Soothing Techniques
Establishing Healthy Activities & Sleep
Milestones & Growth Spurt Education
Emotional & Physical Support
Community Resource & Household Support
NEW PARENT CONSULT (2 hour home visit)
This support option is perfect for families who have other family/friend support in place but would like to benefit from a doula’s expertise. Initial sessions focus on support with transition from hospital to home, setting up best practices for breastfeeding, postpartum recovery, sleep arrangements and newborn care. Follow-up sessions focus on new parent education, learning how to understand the newborn, master soothing techniques and develop age-appropriate routines. All support includes special attention to the physical and emotional transitions that take place during the initial postpartum period.
OVERNIGHT SUPPORT (8 hour home visit)
Overnights include all of the support elements listed above but also focus on helping parents get extra rest throughout the night.