A postpartum doula is a specially trained and experienced professional who provides non-medical support, including lactation coaching, to a new mother directly following the birth of a child. A postpartum doula may live-in the home with you during this time or be outside the home and may have other training in services such as acupressure and massage. Doulas may also help with housework and cooking.
Post-partum doulas are typically hired to provide this type of support for anywhere from a few weeks or a few months.
Having a one-on-one experience with a postpartum doula is a wonderful and helpful way to get in the moment experience you can’t learn from books or classes. From breastfeeding support, giving baby their first bath to providing coaching along the way, working with the right doula for you and your family is an intimate connection and reliable resource that can help ensure an easy transition.