Postpartum Doula Fort Worth
The Postpartum Doula's assistance is especially needed after the birth of a baby when extended help is not available. For new parents, having a baby is a time of great joy but the challenges of a new baby can be numerous. Much emphasis has been on the pregnancy and birth, and now that baby has arrived many parents fill ill-prepared for the daily routine care that they now need to provide. In addition to recovering from birth, they are responsible for a tiny dependent newborn who has a unique personality. Sleeplessness and emotional adjustments as well as trying to master infant feeding and nurturing, along with household tasks and possibly caring for older siblings may require new parents to need more support at home than they had expected.
The Postpartum Doula is trained in postpartum adjustment, newborn characteristics, care, feeding, and development, and the promotion of parent-infant bonding. She has experience in supporting families through their postpartum period. Coming into the home during the fourth trimester following birth, the Doula's role is to provide education, nonjudgmental support, and companionship, and to assist with newborn care and family adjustment. She may also help with meal preparation, errands, grocery shopping, baby laundry, sibling care and light household tasks. The Postpartum Doula can spend time with the baby, allowing parents to cuddle and have quality time with older children, in addition to creating a nurturing, restful atmosphere in which parents may eat, shower and take a nap. The Postpartum Doula offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents. She can also make appropriate referrals when necessary.
Information taken from DONA proposition Paper
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