The help of a doula during the postpartum period can make a big difference in the well-being of all family members. They provide postpartum support, sibling support, newborn care, meal preparation, and can assist with light housekeeping. Postpartum doulas are knowledgeable about the care and development of newborns and the recovery of the body after delivery.
The period after giving birth or adopting a child can be very difficult for new parents, even if they already have children. Stress, lack of sleep, difficulty finding time for oneself, eating well or caring for other family members, and healing from a C-section are all factors that can motivate a person or partners to seek out a postpartum doula.
Your postpartum doula can come in and help out a few times a week to care for your child(ren), giving you a break from the routine. They can also take time with you to talk about what you are going through, to support you, and to allow you to talk about those difficult things that you may not be comfortable saying in front of your family. If you think you may be experiencing postpartum depression, hiring a postpartum doula can help you see things more clearly and is a first step towards healing.
This service is available in a variety of ways, depending on your needs. Ask one or more postpartum doulas to explain the service options available to you.