The origin of the word Doula is Greek and means “Woman who serves”. Today this term is used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides emotional and practical support to both parents and their baby during the fourth trimester (the postpartum period).
What does PP support include?
Postpartum & infant care specialist provide…
-Provide emotional support and education: help with Mom’s adjustment in the Postpartum period, including; Baby blues, hormonal and temperament changes and Postpartum depression
-Baby Care, including but not limited to: help with soothing, swaddling, feeding, burping, diapering, bathing, learning hunger cues, deciphering different cries, and cord care.
-Feeding assistance of all kinds: breastfeeding support, bottle-feeding support, NICU feeding support, cup feeding support, finger feeding support, paced feeding, bottle prep and cleaning
-Breastfeeding support including: helping with different complications (cracked nipples, mastitis, blocked ducts, flat or inverted nipples, stress, etc.), education on different breastfeeding positions, breast milk expression and storage, support and education with breast pumps and different types of flanges
-Extra help with multiples
-Assist with household and nursery organization
-Basic meal preparation
-Help with siblings and pets
-Community resources and referrals to other healthcare professionals as well as support groups and classes
-Help prepare the transition back to workplace for both mom and baby
-Any unique concern or need your family has
* I personally provide all of these services *