Wouldn't you like to have some extra help after the birth of your baby? Consider hiring a doula! Doulas are professional birthing and mothering assistant that help you in the home during pregnancy, delivery and the first weeks of motherhood. They clean and cook plus give you time for a much needed break from infant demands. Doulas give emotional support when you feel overwhelmed with caring for your baby. They also provide you with information and assistance in preparing for delivery and motherhood.
Doula is a Greek word, which means “women's servant”. These women have served other women for centuries. Doulas are trained to assist mothers with mother-baby bonding, physical and emotional recovery from birth, infant soothing and feeding, and basic care. She is there to support the mother during this difficult time and nurtures the entire family during this transitional time of life with an infant. A doula will run errands, provide sibling care if needed, and refer mothers to local resources such as pediatricians, parenting classes, and lactation support groups. Doulas provide individualized care geared toward your needs as a new mother.
If a doula is hired before delivery, a mother should use them primarily as an educational resource. A mother should ask about all of her delivery concerns, such as what labor signs to watch for, which pain management methods to use and the benefits of cord blood banking.
As a new mother, you need to decide what your needs are and how much help you will need. Doulas are especially helpful for new mothers with little to no family support living nearby. Doula services could even be given as a shower or baby gift from friends or family members.
Most parenting support groups, birth doulas or childbirth educators can refer you to a local postpartum doula. Organizations such as DONA International and Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) can also provide you with referrals. You may want to talk with friends or family members who have used a doula. You will need to check on the doula's training background, why they became a doula, and what services they can provide.
Research has shown that mothers who used doulas showed more confidence in caring for their babies six weeks after birth. They were less depressed, anxious and more likely to breastfeed their babies. With all of the assistance and education that they can provide, doulas continue to be an important part of pre- and post-natal care.
This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.
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