I am a postpartum doula.
So, what is that I do?
A Postpartum Doula is a person who is supporting the mother after she gives birth. This, is only a very general description, as the services every doula is offering can vary.
So, when people ask me “so what is it that you do as a postpartum doula?”, my inner voice whispers to me “I hold the mother”.
In other words, I am there for her in the beginning of your motherhood journey, I am there to support you, listen to you and provide knowledge, information and ideas to make that beginning as smooth as possible, so that you, as a new mother, feel confident, satisfied and happy!
Journey Of Motherhood
Ideally, I want to be there before the baby is born so that I am part of building the path of finding joy, peace and happiness in the beginning of the motherhood journey.
But what is the difference between a birth doula, a midwife and a postpartum doula?
A birth doula is a person who is providing support for the mother before and during the childbirth. She is preparing and is present when a mother is giving birth.
A midwife is usually there during labor. She has been specifically trained for that and can also provide medical support. She can be part of a hospital personnel or she can work independently.
A postpartum doula is a person who focuses mostly on the time after the birth. She cannot provide medical support, but she can help the new mother to find the balance in her new role, she can help the mother have realistic expectations about the life with a newborn, she can be there for the mother. She is not substituting the midwife, the partner or any family member of the mother. She will follow your specific needs and beliefs.
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