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  • Writer's pictureTomoko Holloway

What does a doula do? - Early Postnatal Support

Updated: Mar 25

Birth is often considered the pinnacle of the journey into motherhood/parenthood, but it's important to recognise that it's just the beginning. As a Birth Doula, my role doesn't conclude with the arrival of the baby. Instead, it extends into the crucial phase of early postnatal support, ensuring a seamless transition into motherhood/parenthood.

The early postnatal period is a time of vulnerability and adjustment for both the new mother/parent and the family. It's when the intricate dance of caring for a newborn begins, and the challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming. That's where the role of a Birth Doula comes into play.

So, what exactly does a Birth Doula do during this phase? Let's delve into the specifics:

1. Personalised Support

I make two dedicated visits during the early postnatal period, and I'm available for contact up to 6 weeks after childbirth. Each visit lasts around 2 hours, allowing ample time for individualized care and attention.

2. A Wealth of Knowledge

New parents often have an array of questions and concerns about various aspects of newborn care, from breastfeeding to managing sleep patterns. While I don't offer medical advice, I provide informed guidance and ensure families are well-informed about their options.

3. Nurturing Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a significant journey for many new mothers. I offer extensive support and guidance during this time, helping mothers find their rhythm and bond with their baby.

4. Household Assistance

Amid the joy of a new arrival, daily chores can become overwhelming. I'm there to lend a hand around the house, allowing mothers and families to focus on their bonding time with the new addition.

5. Reflection and Connection

Birth can be transformative, and it's essential for both parents to have a space to reflect on their experience. I facilitate this process, providing emotional support and allowing partners to share their thoughts.

6. Encouraging Self-Care

One of the most crucial aspects of early postnatal support is encouraging self-care. As new parents immerse themselves in the world of caregiving, it's easy to neglect their well-being. I remind parents that taking care of themselves directly impacts their ability to care for their baby.

7. A Trusted Companion

The early days of parenthood can be both joyful and overwhelming. I'm a steady presence, offering reassurance, practical assistance, and a listening ear during this transformative time.

My firm belief is that when we care for the mother/parent, we care for the baby. Providing a nurturing and supportive environment for mothers/parents is at the core of what I do.

The continuous support I offer, starting from prenatal care to early postnatal support, is aimed at ensuring a smooth and empowering journey into motherhood/parenthood.

Interested in delving into the world of empowered birth? My Birth Doula support is designed to be your compass, your guide, and your unwavering advocate. Learn more about it here.

Remember, you're not alone on this journey. Whether it's the magic of breastfeeding or the challenges of the postnatal period, a Doula is here to walk alongside you, offering guidance, support, and a sense of empowerment.


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