The postpartum doula cares for the newborn and the mother in their home in the first few weeks following the birth of their baby. A postpartum doula provides non-medical support, assists with newborn care, meal preparation and household organization. In this new time for a family, it can be very helpful to have a postpartum professional while there are many changes occurring for parents with the arrival of a new baby. The postpartum doula assists the new mother with her recovery from the birth experience, allowing her to focus on the needs of the new baby, helps the new family by demonstrating practical newborn care and supports the mother with all method she has chosen for her newborn. My postpartum doula experience includes working with couples who have worked with me as their birth doula as well as new relationships established after couples have birthed their baby. My goal within the first weeks of postpartum is to build confidence in the family through assistance and training around the home. My attention is placed on both baby care and on the mother's physical and emotional recovery as well as working with the parents to teach baby care.
Postpartum doulas support whatever parenting style you choose. We assist you with your needs making it easier for you to parent your new baby. The goal of a doula is to nurture the parents into their new roles. As parents experience success and their knowledge and self-confidence grow, their needs for professional support should diminish.
A postpartum doula provides individually tailored emotional and practical in-home support. Services vary from family to family but often include:
- Infant care including diapering, bathing, soothing techniques and umbilical cord care
- Breastfeeding/bottle feeding support and assistance
- Support and assistance with processing mother's birth
- Guidance on newborn care
- Putting together baby's essentials
- Light housekeeping and laundry
- Meal preparation and feeding support
- Running errands and picking up groceries
Benefits of postpartum doula care may also include
- Increases success of breastfeeding
- Facilitates parent-infant bonding
- Decreases incidence of postpartum depression
- Encourages appropriate well-baby and mother care
- Increases parents’ confidence in their parenting skills
Once your baby is born, I require 48 hours notice to begin services.
Daytime doula service with a 3 hour minimum. 7:00am to 7:00pm
Overnight doula service with a 5 hour minimum 7:00pm to 7:00am
Travel rate may apply for locations more than 20 miles outside Philadelphia.
First Night Home Postpartum Doula Overnight Care & Placenta Specialist