In our final installment of the series we are talking about how a birth doula can help you in the postpartum period. This is different than an actual postpartum doula which you can learn about here.
Once baby has arrived a doula can support you in a few ways:
If you’re planning on breastfeeding/bodyfeeding many doulas have some lactation training and can help you with the first latch.
They can help make sure the golden hour is respected if that’s something you want.
Doulas can help you advocate for your choices surrounding your newborn and which exams or medications they should receive, in you want to keep baby in the room with you or not, etc.
Doulas can also help you in the final stage of labor which is birthing the placenta and then after that if there was any tearing they can support you while stitches and fundal massages are happening.
How long your doula stays after birth is up to you and the doula but typically a doula will stay until the newborn exam or until you’re ready for a nap!
Most birth doulas will still be available to you after birth and during the postpartum period if you need resources and support.
After you are home with baby your doula should come for a postpartum visit! This will typically be 30 minutes to 2 hours to check on you to see how you are doing. This will also be the time to recap your birth, ask any questions about the birth, your healing process, or about anything else you may be struggling with!
This is typically when your contract with your birth doula will end. But most doulas I know are always excited to hear from past clients!