What's a Postpartum Doula

What is a Doula? 

The word “doula” derives from the ancient Greek term meaning “a woman who serves“. It is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

A Postpartum Doula

  • Offers education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester.
  • Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, light meal preparation and household tidying.
  • Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing, coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary.

Source: DONA International

Among the families who will benefit the most from a Postpartum Doula are:
First time parents
Mothers with surgical birth
Multiple babies (Twins, Triplets, Quadruplets and more)
Families with other siblings in the home
Women with a history of Depression
Surrogate and/or Adoptive Parents