The role of a postpartum doula adjusts, as each family's needs are unique.
The primary focus of the postpartum doula is to nurture and support the mother and her family.
The Postpartum doula:
- Facilitates transition into parenting during the fourth trimester (first 3 months following birth)
- Assists with baby care
- Offers coping skills and strategies
- Supports emotional and physical recovery from birth
- Offers non-judgmental support
- Assists with breastfeeding/infant feeding
- Educates family members on how to support the mother
- Provides evidence-based information
- Provides community resources
- Assists with household organization
- Encourages families to develop their own parenting style
We are postpartum doulas. We assist new parents in the fourth trimester (first 3 months after birth) by providing practical, hands-on support. The doula's support is intended to fill the gaps left by our customary postpartum practices, which usually include only medical procedures, occasional checkups and the purchase of baby-related paraphernalia. The doula's education, quiet support and guidance are a manifestation of the traditional postpartum support that our society is missing. The doula fills a large gap in maternity care and is able to facilitate a smooth and rewarding transition to parenthood (DONA International, 2002).