The birth of a baby is an exciting, life altering
experience as a new or larger family is born after pregnancy, labor and
birth. Sometimes parents need more help at home than they had
expected. Many new parents need a gentle reminder of their baby’s
normal growth and development, and insight into normal postpartum
recovery for the new mother.
Many new parents find themselves
unprepared for this transition and out of touch from caring and
knowledgeable helpers or mentors. Years ago, new parents easily
depended on their own parents, family members and community members to
assist them. Today, parents and loved ones live at great distances or
they may not be in sync with the new family’s needs. A postpartum doula
is there to nurture the couple, offer them non-judgmental emotional
support, and to unearth the confidence they need in there new role and
life. She is there to help the mother to physically and emotionally
recover after labor and encourage bonding, self-care, and patience. Parents are encouraged to develop their own parenting style and to practice self-care while maintaining a healthy rhythm with newborn care.