I will do more than just hold your hand
Throughout history, families have provided the help and care new mothers needed, experienced Grandmothers, Aunts, Sisters all made the time with a new baby easier. In todayís society we no longer have extended families nearby and without the right help and experience it can leave new parents feeling helpless. Postnatal Doulas fill this gap.
What does a Doula do postnatally ?
Mother the mother ( A Doula is mother centred, a Nanny is baby centred.)
Help with breastfeeding.
General care of the baby, guidance whilst mum baths baby etc.
Take baby for a walk whilst Mum sleeps.
Make beverages and snacks for Mum.
Manage any visitors.
Entertain a toddler/older child, freeing Mum for a rest.
Walk/feed the dog.
And more, just ask.
What wonít she do?
I donít do housework, including ironing ! My skills and experience are much more valuable to you used in other areas, although I will wipe kitchen work surfaces, empty/fill dishwashers ( light washing up ) and clean up after myself.
When does she come to help ?
This is entirely up to you, according to what your needs are. Maybe more frequently just after the birth and in the very early days, and becoming less frequent in the weeks to follow. It can be as little as 3 hours or as much as you feel you need, especially if your partner is away.