What do postpartum doulas do?
What a postpartum doula does changes from day to day, as the needs of the family change. Postpartum doulas do whatever a mother needs to best enjoy and care for her new baby. A large part of their role is education. They share information about baby care with parents, as well as teach siblings and partners to “mother the mother.” They assist with breastfeeding education. Postpartum doulas also make sure the mother is fed, well hydrated and comfortable.

How long does a postpartum doula spend with a family?
Doula support can last anywhere from one or two visits to three months.

What is a postpartum doula’s goal?
The goal of a doula is to nurture the parents into their new roles. As they experience success and their knowledge and self-confidence grow, their needs for professional support should diminish.

How does a doula nurture the parents into their roles?
Self-confidence has a tremendous impact on a person’s ability to approach any task, and parenting is no different. DONA International doulas are taught to always consider parents’ feelings and always build confidence whenever possible. Doulas accomplish this through praise, acceptance and a non-judgmental approach. In addition, the doula will teach parents strategies and skills that will improve their ability to bond with their babies. A calm baby who is growing well will help parents to feel more confident in their skills.

How do postpartum doulas work with a mother’s partner?
A doula respects the partner’s role and input, and teaches concrete skills that will help the partner nurture the baby and mother. The doula will share evidence-based information with the partner that shows how his or her role in the early weeks will have a dramatic positive effect on the family.

Why should I hire a postpartum doula?

Current research has shown us that using a professional postpartum doula provides the following benefits:

For the Family:

  • Increased competence in all aspects of new baby care
  • Significant positive outcomes from timely referrals to appropriate support groups and professionals
  • Improved overall experience for the partner

For the Mother:

  •  Easier postpartum adjustment
  • Greater breastfeeding success
  • Less postpartum depression
  • Lower incidence of abuse

“Taken from The Postpartum Doula’s Role in Maternity Care Position Paper, DONA (2002)”

What area do you serve?
Embrace Doula works with families in Halifax and surrounding areas.