What is a postnatal doula and why would I hire one?
Why hire a postnatal doula?
Many couples expecting a baby find themselves very poorly prepared for caring a new baby. It can be a daunting prospect to be fully responsible for the care of a baby, when you might have little previous experience or knowledge. You may be feeling overwhelmed and unsupported as you face parenthood. Maybe you are having twins or multiples or are worried about Caesarean recovery? Perhaps you feel at risk for postnatal depression and want some additional support in place?
This is where I can be of invaluable help as a postnatal doula. My role involves nurturing and caring for a new mother as she grows in confidence and competence in the skills required, and of course, being a support to the partner and any other children in the family. I will also be very hands-on in the practical help I offer in order to keep the household running smoothly, allowing the mother time to focus on and bond with her baby and recover from the birth. I will be a calming and reassuring presence in your home and will help you to thrive during the early days with a new baby.
When I explain what I do, nearly every mother responds by saying, “Oh, if only I’d known that type of support was available when I had my babies, it’d be worth every penny!”
I understand that support from a postnatal doula may feel like a big investment, but if you compare it to paying for a cleaner or an expensive, fancy travel system, there’s no question that having nurturing support in place which enables you to get off to a great start with your baby, is just the best investment possible!