The major role of a birth doula is to support the laboring woman both physically and emotionally during her labor and childbirth experience so that she feels respected, empowered and capable.
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.
The services I provide as a postpartum doula include, but are not limited to: caring for baby while you rest; mentoring in the realms of baby care, self care and the essence of being present in your new normal; light housekeeping as needed; meal preparation; assistance with breast- and bottle-feeding as well as pumping; escorting you and baby to follow-up appointments; running errands for you or together; accompanying you on walks or other trips outdoors when desired; and providing countless insights and resources from my own personal experience as a mother in addition to many evidence-based books and websites. I am also certified in adult, infant and pediatric CPR and first aid through the American Heart Association.
Studies have shown that women who have a birth doula with them during labor and childbirth have shorter labors, are less likely to request pain medications, are less likely to have emergency cesarean sections and are more likely to be satisfied with their birth experience.
Studies have also 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.