As a postpartum doula and childbirth educator, a large part of my job is helping parents learn to care for their babies, and themselves, independently.
Parents often want to know how long they will need postpartum doula care. I say book enough time to feel like you are maintaining a happy medium of your old life and new one. If you would like to keep up your previous lifestyle, book for longer, and vice versa.
What works for each family varies, but some examples of postpartum doula care schedules are as follows:
If one parent works and one stays at home, the family would have doula support on workdays.
When both partners are home everyday, they would hire help for every other day to have time off to recuperate.
Families with twins will want help daily, and ideally nightly, until sleep settles into a predictable and consistent pattern.
When there is a toddler in the family who isn’t yet in school, have a daytime nanny dedicated to ensuring this child has care and attention and a postpartum doula for the new baby.
A family with a live-in nanny who works during the day, may choose to hire night help and weekend support as well.
Some families have support every night, even 24/7 care, up to a year and beyond.