Postpartum doulas provide support to new mothers and their families after the birth. A postpartum doula provides services in the home to help facilitate a warm and nurturing experience for the entire family. Each doula offers individualized services, tailored to the individual needs of the clients.
- Provide a wide range of caring, non-clinical and highly beneficial techniques that include physical comfort measures and emotional support before, during and after the birth.
- Understand the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor.
- Access helpful information for the expectant, laboring and postpartum parent/s to assist in their decision making.
- Work in cooperation with physicians, midwives, nurses, and the partners and families of laboring and postpartum women.
- Faciliate communication between the laboring woman, her partner, and clinical care providers.
- Vary in experience, training, services, and personality. There are certifications for doulas; however, many very experienced doulas are not certified.
- Recognize that childbirth is a key life experience that the mother will remember all her life. Thus, doulas help nurture and protect the woman's memory of her birth experience.
- Provide support and care for adoptive parents in the first few weeks of their new family member's arrival.