Becoming a postpartum doula was the last certification that I acquired! I wanted to continue my education and learn to be as hands on and supportive for families that I could possibly be. I took my training through DONA at Douglas College in Coquitlam and I gained more knowledge and appreciation for the work than I ever thought imaginable. We do a variety of things and I think it is really important to understand what we do so that you can possibly have support after labor!
A postpartum doula is there for you in the first few days or weeks after bringing home your new baby! It’s been a beautiful experience so far that has already made so many changes to your daily life and routines. There are also many more adjustments you’re going to need to make to assure everyone gets settled into home as comfortably and confidently as possible. Having postpartum support out of the hospital gives you the opportunity to have early positive experiences for the entire family before things get too overwhelming. As doulas, we provide a lot of informed maternal and infant care and we are there to help answer any questions you may have about you and your little bundle of joy. Having support in your postpartum period can mean accelerated recovery time from your labor, increased breastfeeding success, decreased incidence of postpartum depression, and reduced parental fatigue and anxiety. We are there to help you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually with an open mind and heart. If your partner is going back to work or if you have other children, we are there for sibling care, making the transition easier, and even assisting with meal preparation and housekeeping. Letting someone else to do some work for you and answer your questions allows you more precious time and space with your newborn while feeling rested and nourished!
DONA has an accessible position paper that you can read on the postpartum doula’s role here!