Since the beginning of time Mother's have been supported and cared for by the "village" around them. Sometimes our busy lives don't allow for such care and healing. This is exactly why the professional postpartum doula role has been created. A postpartum doula will mother the mother in one of the most important times in her life, while also offering support to the entire family. It is no wonder why more and more studies are showing the great importance of a postpartum doula.
According to DONA International (the first and largest Doula Certifying organization), "countless scientific trials examining doula care demonstrate remarkably improved physical and psychological outcomes for both mother and baby. Doulas have a positive impact on the well-being of the entire family".
A postpartum doula provides support for a family during the most beautiful and raw transitional time anyone can experience. This is usually for the first 12 weeks after your new baby arrives, but can be needed for the first year of babies life. Support includes research based education, support with feeding, and various other parenting strategies. Examples of such strategies would include, but not be limited to, helping an older sibling adapt to their new role, offering helpful solutions for a fussy newborn, and building a recovery plan for the new Mom.