The Benefits of a Postpartum Doula::>
Research by experts tells us what many have long suspected, that new parents who have support and feel secure and cared for during this time are more successful in adapting than those who do not. Studies have shown that cultures in which women, who are cared for by others for a period of days or weeks after giving birth, who are encouraged only to nurture themselves and their babies have superior outcomes in postpartum adjustment. We know that women who experience support from their family members, care providers, doulas, counselors and peer groups have greater breastfeeding success, greater self-confidence, and less postpartum depression and feel less overwhelmed.
In our society, some new parents find themselves ill-prepared for this transition and isolated from caring knowledgeable helpers and advisors. In times past, new parents could usually depend on their own parents, other family members or friends to assist them. While these resources are still available to some, great distances between new parents and their loved ones, and the need for themselves to work or other demands, may make it impossible for them to extend the care they would like. The Postpartum Doula can help fill this gap to facilitate a smoother and rewarding transition. Parents benefit from education on what to expect from a newborn, baby soothing skills, feeding, bonding, attachment and coping skills.
Fathers and other family members benefit from the role of a Doula as well. Rather than being told to "help out" they receive instruction on how to support a woman during the weeks after birth. Research tells us that support for and from the partner can have a significant impact on their own experience as well as the emotional adjustment of the mother.
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Benefits of a postpartum Doula