A postpartum doula is a professional trained to support women and their families while they transition after the birth of a baby.  She is typically hired before the birth and starts working with the family shortly thereafter, usually in the family’s home. They are trained to offer families evidence-based information and support on infant care, breastfeeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth, as well as coping skills for new parents. They may also help with light housework, prepare meals and help incorporate an older child into this new experience. The postpartum doula’s responsibilities are individualized to meet the needs of each family.  Postpartum doulas do not offer any form of medical advice for mother or baby. They can however make referrals if they feel medical advice is needed.

To find a postpatum doula in your area, check out these organizations.