Postpartum Doula FAQs
How Postpartum Doulas Can Help With Recovery and Baby Support
After giving birth, you may be wondering how you can possibly manage your time between attending to your newborn and your own personal needs during postpartum recovery? There are long lists of things to do and you know that as a new parent, it’s impossible to give from an empty well.
Perhaps you’ve thought about who can best help with your daily tasks after you come home but you’re not sure whether you’ve found the right person. Maybe you don’t want to ask family members for support all the time. You may have even explored the options of hiring baby nurses, night nannies, or infant care professionals. So what role could a postpartum support doula play in helping you make life easier when you come home with your little one?
Welcoming your baby home becomes much easier when you have a doula by your side. From helping you with errands, newborn care, light housekeeping or looking after your other children and pets, a doula can help take the pressure off the demands of daily life.
We’ve answered your most common postpartum doula questions here. To learn more about hiring a doula for labor and birth support, visit our Labor & Birth Support Doula FAQs page. Or if you’d like to learn more about doulas in general, including the financial aspects of working with a doula, click here.
Your doula is armed with research-based knowledge about your postpartum discomforts. Whether recovering from a vaginal or Caesarean birth, a doula is focused on tending to your physical and mental well-being. You focus on recovery and bonding while your doula folds the laundry, preps dinner, helps put together birth announcements or gives you a stress-relieving massage.
A doula can guide you when it comes to getting your baby to latch, using a breast pump, or other feeding strategies. A doula can help you create a strategy to meet feeding goals such as breastfeeding success or weight gain.
One of the best things about having a doula is that it gives you the time and space to attend to your own well-being. A doula can look after your baby so you can get some much-needed rest and avoid sleep deprivation while helping you handle the stuff of life so you can have peace of mind while you take care of your daily needs.
A postpartum doula can provide all the same services of a night nurse, newborn nanny, baby nurse or newborn care specialist BUT with a more expansive eye to you, your family, and your household. A doula can help look after your physical recovery and emotional transitions including postpartum depression or anxiety as well as taking care of your baby.
Overnight doulas are specially trained to help with:
- Bottle-feeding or breastfeeding your baby
- Calming middle-of-the-night nerves
- Guiding you through the sleep theories to find one that works for you
- Making sleep cues work for you
- Interpreting your baby’s sleep patterns so you can make the most of your baby’s rhythms
- Answering questions about newborn care and providing emotional support
A doula can fill the gaps in your support system and take the stress off of your family members so they can enjoy your baby too - without all the work. Hiring a doula gives you the peace of mind of knowing that you have someone reliable to turn to if your family members don’t have specific experience with questions or concerns that may arise.
The cost of a postpartum doula is typically based on an hourly rate which depends on:
- Your location
- A single baby or multiples
- Daytime or overnight support
At Birthways, you can get postpartum support from $38 per hour. Warmline, care planning, consultations and care management are included.
Of course! We consider the first year to be one of great adjustment and rapid transitions. An average relationship with our clients is 16 weeks—some may have just a few weeks of support during a crisis, and many of our clients receive our support for the first year and beyond. We don’t have a cut off! At Birthways we create our plans around your needs—from having an affirming expert present for your first day home to having a newborn specialist available to ease your transition back to work or sensitive and informed assistance until your baby has moved through the early developmental milestones, we can support you and your family.