“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use It.”
Kennell, 2002. p. 213-214.
After giving birth women have very special physical and emotional needs that are often overlooked in our culture. We are so task oriented and ambitious that many mums feel they simply do not have the time and support to rest and bond with their baby after birth. It is little wonder postnatal depression rates are so high, and breastfeeding rates are so low.
A postnatal doula provides you with the opportunity to appreciate the awesome power of childbirth and motherhood. A postnatal doula will provide parents with a blanket of support, physical, emotional and informational, so that you can get past feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, and have renewed energy to really ENJOY your baby.
A postnatal doula brings comfort and joy to new parents, and exactly what this looks like is up to you! I offer a wide range of services which will be tailored on each visit to exactly meet your changing needs. All postnatal doulas have slightly different skills and focus. At Newborn Mothers my services as a postnatal doula include:
- Ayurvedic oil massage
- Food preparation
- Ayurvedic herbal support
- Breastfeeding support
- Settling colic and reflux babies
- Baby massage instruction
- Coaching you so that you feel confident in your new role
- Building your ‘village’ so that you have the support you need
Of course a postnatal doula primarily cares for mothers, because we all know happy mothers make happy babies. But sometimes this means looking after the baby so the mother can sleep, eat or have a bath.