Parent coaching for leaving the home to go for a walk or driving with an infant
Household responsibilities like preparing meals, doing laundry, fun time for siblings
Mother care like making sure you can nap, shower, even take some time to read
Breastfeeding assistance from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
Care of your baby, so older siblings still have special time with mom or dad
Discussion of developmental changes, when your baby is sick, and safety questions
Troubleshooting behavior changes in your older sibling
How does hiring a postpartum doula continue self-care after my pregnancy?
When contracting with a postpartum doula, you will schedule a time when she is in your home, just for you. This means you can schedule a nap, an outing, an appointment, or a chance to organize a corner of your home that desperately needs it and have assistance with your baby. When you accept the help of a postpartum doula, you are accepting support for your new family.
Why is postpartum doula care considered “family focused”?
A baby nurse may only take care of the baby, a housekeeper your home, and a dog walker your furry friend. However, a postpartum doula makes sure all household members are comfortable after a new baby arrives home. What is included in services is determined by what the family needs, with an emphasis on providing space for rest and nutrition to keep everyone healthy.
I am worried about postpartum depression; can a postpartum doula help with that?
Studies have demonstrated that postpartum women need support after childbirth, and the mothers that receive that support suffer less from postpartum depression. All over the world women are given a month to rest, heal, and feed their baby. Although Chicago mothers may not have that opportunity, they do have the option to hire help that is focused on their mental and physical health after childbirth. A postpartum doula can reduce the feelings of isolation in a new mother.
Lisa Zimmermann RN, CPN, IBCLC:
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