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The What, When and Why about Postpartum Doulas

When I was pregnant with my daughter I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t 100% prepared in many aspects. I wasn’t aware of all my options for after childbirth from type of feeding, diapers and if you wanted a doula there’s so many decisions. Some people may not be familiar with doulas, there’s actually 2 types of doulas, birth and postpartum.

After childbirth, when you’re back home with your newborn you need a little help adjusting with support, education or even if you need extra hands around the house for light housekeeping. With this post I’d like to answer some questions I asked Maria of Flexible Doula Services about the difference of birth and postpartum doulas as well as the benefits of a postpartum doula.

What is a doula?
The word doula comes from the ancient Greek language and means “woman who serves.” Today the word doula is better associated with a trained and experienced woman that offers non-medical support and education during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.

What’s the difference of a birth doula and a postpartum doula?
A doula, or birth doula, is a woman that offers non-medical support during your labor. She is often with you in early labor at home and remains with you until the birth of your baby. A postpartum doula offers non-medical in home support in the immediate days and weeks following the birth of a baby. She assists with newborn care and supports the mother as she heals.

Why should someone consider a postpartum doula?
A postpartum doula offers non-judgmental support as you seek to find your parenting style. They assist with newborn care and light household support such as meal prep and tidying. A doula also offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, infant soothing techniques, and ways to cope with the adjustment of a new addition as mom heals both physically and emotionally. The postpartum period is full of excitement and we seek to help relieve some of the stress so you can enjoy your new addition.

At what point of your pregnancy should you start looking for a doula?
If a mom knows she is going to want help following her delivery most will begin the search towards the end of the second trimester or the beginning of the third. However, it is never too late to seek help. Many moms begin the search just a couple weeks before delivery as the reality of having a baby really sinks in. Some moms also seek help after they have been home for a while. It is nice to begin the search earlier so you can interview a few different doulas, but never think it is too late to seek help.

What’s the price range of a postpartum doula?
In the Philadelphia area the average cost of a postpartum doula is about $25-35 per hour depending on the hours (day vs. night) or the doulas level of experience. Some doulas still seeking certification offer significant discounts. If you think you could use help and support search for a doula, there are many around and you will likely be able to find one willing to work with your budget. Postpartum doula hours also make wonderful shower gifts!

Why should expectant parents consider Flexible Doula as their postpartum doula?
There are many wonderful doulas in the Philadelphia area; however, many require contracts with set hours, timelines etc. This is perfect for some families and doulas but I saw a whole group of expectant parents left out that couldn’t commit to that type of support. For this reason I seek to offer flexible service agreements and small deposits so more families feel confident in their decision to seek help without feeling tied down. Whether you need help for just the first week or for a couple months, I try very hard to offer the support you need.

I asked Maria if there was anything else she wanted people to know about Flexible Postpartum Doula Services she says “In addition to being a mother of two I have been trained in several prenatal and postpartum areas. I’ve attended DONA and CAPPA Postpartum doula trainings, as well as DONA’s birth doula training. I am trained peer counseling and volunteer with a local nursing moms’ group (NMAC) and a local pregnancy center. I shadowed a lactation consultant (IBCLC) for several months to gain extra breastfeeding knowledge. I am also CPR certified and insured.”

So if you’re considering a postpartum doula, Flexible Postpartum Doula Services offers professional in home support as growing families adjust to life with a new baby in the Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties areas.

For more information please visit FlexibleDoula.com or call 267.266.5194 today.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. A monetary compensation was provided by Flexible Doula Services for this post. 

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