Doulas give informational, emotional, and physical support to families both prenatally/at the birth, as well as in the postpartum (whether it’s your first or subsequent).
They have a unique role in the birth process as they don’t give medical care and so can give emotional and continuous support in a way care providers often cannot; they work “for” the family (unlike hospital staff); they are knowledgeable about birth (in a way most family members are not); they head home to sleep after the birth and so can continuously support a laboring mom (in a way partners may not be able to); and they care about their clients without wanting to build a relationship with the baby (making their support different than that of friends and family).
Doulas generally meet with their clients 1-2 times prenatally, attend the birth continuously from active labor through til a couple of hours after birth, and provide 1-2 postpartum visits as well.
Postpartum doulas are available to provide informational, emotional, and physical support to families in the postpartum period. They are available to give hands-on help on a variety of issues/topics including breastfeeding, bottlefeeding, sleep, babywearing, diapering, birth processing, light housework, and meal prep.
Please check out our “About Doulas” for more information.