What is a postnatal doula?
A postnatal doula's role is to provide both practical and emotional support to a family with a new baby, particularly to the mother. Sometimes the term 'mothering the mother' is used to refer to a doula's work.
Many couples expecting a baby find themselves well informed about the labour and birth through antenatal classes, but feel very ill prepared for caring for the baby after it arrives. It can be a daunting prospect to be totally responsible for the care of a new baby, when you have little previous experience or knowledge in the area.
This is where a postnatal doula can be of great help. Her role involves nurturing and caring for the 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. She will also be very hands-on in her help around in keeping the household running smoothly, allowing the mother time to focus on and bond with her baby. A doula is a calming and reassuring presence in your home and someone who will help you through the early days with a new baby.
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