World Doula Week is March 22-28th.  Let’s kick off on World Doula Day! The goal is to showcase the impact postpartum doulas have on the physiological, social, emotional, and psychological health of women, newborns and families during the postpartum period. 

Postpartum doulas are non-medical professionals who provide new families with non-judgmental, hands-on support as well as evidence-based information on newborn care, feeding and a mother’s physical recovery.

Benefits of the presence of doulas in the postpartum period:

  • Increases breastfeeding initiation and continuation
  • Can reduce the incidence of postpartum mood disorders
  • Increases new parents’ confidence in the care of their newborn

Postpartum doulas are the “women of the village helping the women of the village”. This is not a new idea.

Throughout history, women have supported new mothers. In our community families and friends may be scattered due to isolation from the pandemic, military lifestyles and limited resources. A postpartum doula can fill this vital role of support for the people birthing the next generation.

Having a baby is one of life’s biggest transitions and greatest joys. However, many parents find themselves feeling extremely isolated and overwhelmed during the postpartum period after the initial excitement, adrenaline and stream of visitors has subsided.

Hiring a postpartum doula can help reverse those feelings and provide the support that new families need and allow yourself to have a maternity leave that is filled with feelings of contentment and empowerment

In honor of World Doula Week, here are the top 5 benefits of hiring a postpartum doula:
  1. More enjoyable maternity leave. Postpartum doulas help ease the transition for new parents. Having a baby is a major life change. Postpartum doulas are there to calmly support you through the shift and help you focus on enjoying it.
  2. Non-judgmental support – a postpartum doula does not come in with specific parenting style or push a specific ways of doing things. A postpartum doula is there to help you come up with your own parenting style. She’ll help you figure out what feels right for your family. Postpartum doulas are also expert listeners who have no baggage of a family history with you.
  3. Expert advice. That being said, your postpartum doula can share what works for other families, and other ideas and tips based on her training and experience, IF YOU ASK. It’s so wonderful to have all your questions answered as you go through your day in your own home instead of relying on Google.
  4. An extra set of hands. Your postpartum doula will take care of baby so you can nap or shower. Postpartum doulas will also tackle the dishes, laundry and light meal preparation so that you can focus on resting, healing and snuggling your new baby.
  5. Decreased risk of postpartum depression & anxiety. Research has shown that new mothers who feel supported tend to report less problems with postpartum mental health.

About Prime BabyTime Consulting, LLC

Prime BabyTime Consulting, LLC helps new families in Middle Georgia by providing postpartum doula support. Now taking inquiries for service. 

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I’m Registered Nurse, Postpartum Doula, Breastfeeding Consultant, and Car Seat Technician.  Contact me today at 478-951-5301.

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