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 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.
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