The major role of the postpartum doula is to help the family make a smooth adjustment to life with a new baby by educating and supporting the new parents in such a way that they feel empowered to care for their newborn, each other and themselves with confidence. My work focuses on encouraging new mothers to rest and bond with their babies, and to resist the pull to resume their busy lives before it's actually time. I provide my clients with resources to aid them in healing themselves physically and emotionally after giving birth, and I nourish them with food, conversation, guided meditations, time to rest and bathe, and, of course, validation and encouragement.
Studies have shown that women who have social support during the postpartum period tend to have less postpartum depression, breastfeed for a longer duration and make a better adjustment to parenthood overall.
To learn a significant reason why I chose to become a birth and postpartum mentor/doula, please read this personal piece that was published by HelloGiggles.