One of the first questions many parents ask me is “What exactly does a postpartum night doula do?”
In caring for newborns, I utilize current information about child development, attachment parenting and RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers).
I offer to teach parents newborn care essentials such as feeding techniques, soothing methods, burping, diapering, bathing, and infant sleep patterns. I pass along my expertise so parents can learn to do it themselves like pros.
I work mainly nights so clients can rest at ease knowing a well trained professional is there to help. Receiving assistance during the evening can be crucial to the well being of new parents who are already tired from a long day. It’s always an honor for me to support families during this special time.
An average evening with my support generally follows this pattern:
Upon arrival, I check with parents to see how baby’s day was and answer any questions about newborn care and postpartum recovery.
If baby is awake, I prepare them for bed and use natural comforting techniques to help them fall asleep with ease. Throughout the night I keep a log of baby’s activity, such as when they wake, eat, or need a diaper change. This log is on a smartphone app that is shared with parents.
When baby wakes, I assess if it’s time for a feeding. If baby is hungry, I either bring them to the parents, or do bottle feedings on my own if requested. I provide breastfeeding education and support as needed, and help soothe baby back to sleep after feedings and diaper changes.
If a client is pumping, I make sure they have clean pump accessories and bottles for each session. Afterwards, I log the time and amount of milk pumped, and wash the used parts. If clients are supplementing with formula, I prepare the bottles and make sure they are ready for baby’s feedings.
I monitor and care for baby throughout the night, and when morning arrives parents are better rested and ready for the day. My overall aim as a postpartum doula is to allow parents time to recuperate, while also giving them the opportunity to gain expertise and confidence in baby care.
For more information on night doula services, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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