Setting up the Birth Space
The environment and energy of the birth space affects the labouring client and support people. Here are some ways doulas help set the space.
Most importantly, before entering the birth-space, “baggage” must be left outside. Pause before going in. Turn off phone-ringer. Tidy your appearance and put on your nametag if you have one. Take a deep and calming breath.
Here are some practical things doulas can do in the room:
15 Things a Postpartum Doula Can do in the First Days that Clients Appreciate
1). Bring some fresh fruit – even a small bunch of strawberries can taste great!
2). Refill water bottles and offer tea or fresh juice.
3). Offer to hang a “Do Not Disturb” sign to restrict visitors so clients can rest.
4). If they’re at the hospital, remind them that they can ask non-medical staff and visitors to come back later - after the new family nap or after a visit is complete.
What does a Postpartum Doula Do?
Did you Know that Postpartum Doulas Have a Surprising Menu of Services?
Postpartum Doulas help new families navigate the early days and weeks, through a variety of hands-on practical skills, support, compassionate presence, education and referral.
Postpartum doulas assist the new mother and family after her birth in the birth setting itself or later in the home – with presence, breastfeeding support as well as care of the mother and newborn, family and household.
Sixteen Tips for Planning Your Babymoon
Just as the child might sometimes enjoy the comfort of skin-to-skin under a soft blanket, so too new parents need to be wrapped in the protective shelter of their own home where they can spend time resting and bonding with the baby.
Coined by Sheila Kitzinger in her 1996 classic "The Year After Childbirth", ‘babymoon’ refers to the growing trend where couples are setting aside the first few days after the birth to enjoy the preciously short time with the newborn. (more…)
✓ Remember when you were pregnant with your first baby and had so many questions and worries about the choices facing you?
✓ Are lots of women sharing their fears with you?
✓ Would you love to help others avoid the pitfalls and disappointments you experienced - to help them navigate the birth experience and feel more supported?
If so, then you should consider becoming a doula!
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