What does a day postpartum doula do?
- Make sure you are fed and well hydrated
- Assist with breastfeeding
- Work with other family members on how to ¨mother the mother¨
- Hold or feed the baby while mom gets rest or attends older children.
- Attend other children while mom holds and feeds the baby.
- Help with bathing or dressing baby.
- Prepare simple meals.
- Baby´s laundry.
- Organize baby´s supplies.
- Tidy up kitchen
- Sit and listen to the mother
- Answer questions
- Make referrals or recommendations when appropriate
- Light grocery shopping or other errands
- Accompany mother to doctor´s visit with baby
- Act as another set of hands and ears
–Nurturing the Family, pp. 9-11
A word about overnights:
I am available for overnights within 10 -15 min. from my home in NW Evanston (Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka).
Overnights are not the best time for us to delve into breastfeeding issues. As an overnight doula my job is to help you get as much rest as possible and see that your baby’s nighttime needs are meet. If your have breastfeeding or other parenting questions we can decide whether it would be better to set up an IBCLC visit or schedule daytime Postpartum doula shifts. Depending on your wishes, ON care could mean that:
1) I bring the baby to you to nurse, then I make sure that baby is burped, has a clean and dry diaper, and goes back to sleep, until next feed.
2) I feed the baby pumped or artificial milk while you rest for an extended period of time and/or get up to pump and go right back to sleep, knowing that your baby is well cared for.
Additionally, I will do quiet activities such as fold baby laundry, if needed.