Should You Hire a Postpartum Doula? Everything You Need to Know

So, you’ve heard the birth stories and are fully aware of how challenging those first few weeks after delivery can be on your postpartum body. Have you ever heard anyone talk about having a postpartum doula, though?

What is a Postpartum Doula?

A postpartum doula works to not only assist a family during the transitional period that comes from bringing a new baby home, but also to provide evidence-based information about various postpartum topics.

What Types of Tasks Does a Postpartum Doula Perform?

A postpartum doula’s role in the household is to meet a family where they are. This means providing services that suit the needs of the parents, siblings, and new baby.

5 Reasons to Hire a Doula to Help During Your Postpartum Recovery

We’ve polled our community and come up with the most significant postpartum doula benefits you’ll receive if you hire someone to help care for you and your family during your first few weeks at home with your new baby.

A Better Breastfeeding Experience

From the best nursing positions to breastfeeding schedules, hiring a postpartum doula can increase a mom’s potential for a positive nursing experience.

Support and Education for Your Partner

Your doula can guide your partner through all of the physical and emotional trials you’re going through in the first few weeks after birth and teach them how to help you.

 Emotional Support During the Postpartum Period

Postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety are more serious problems, and if your postpartum doula feels like you might be experiencing one or both of these (as opposed to the general “baby blues”), then he or she can help you reach out to your OB for more specialized care.

 Tips for Taking Care of Your Postpartum Body

From sitz baths to cooling perineal pads, your doula will have the knowledge needed to help you care for your body after childbirth.

Making Your Postpartum Days Feel Less Chaotic

By hiring a doula, though, you might actually get the rest your body wants and needs. While you and the baby are taking a nap, you can put your doula in charge of those menial household tasks, like dishes and laundry, or have them do the meal prep for the night’s dinner.

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Postpartum Must Haves

(a checklist of all the essentials you need for your after birth experience--the things no one likes to tell you about, like vaginal ice packs and hemorrhoid pads!)