The reality of how much work a new born baby usually needs after being brought home is usually felt within the first days by all parents. This is usually even worse with new first time parents, as it usually means changing routines to accommodate the little one. In this regard with the fact that help is usually needed to help with newborn care getting a postpartum doula should be considered first. Why?
1. Breastfeeding support
One of the most important postpartum supports from a doula is showing a new mother the dos and don’ts by giving breastfeeding support. This usually includes how to hold the baby, keeping the breast area clean, how to tell when the baby needs to feed or has had enough and how to pump milk for later use.
2. Help with the emotional and physical recovery
With the fact that some mothers and fathers suffer depression after childbirth, the postpartum care given will ensure that this does not happen. By being shown the ropes on what to do and how to slowly become acquainted with the baby ensures effective recovery is achieved.
3. Light housekeeping
Apart from helping mothers and fathers on what to do, the postpartum doula also ensures that the
environment is clean. This is usually ideal as parents might feel overwhelmed to do even the simplest of tasks. Some of the light housekeeping duties the Doula will do is filling and empting the dishwasher, clean the kitchen floor and wiping any spills on the counter. The doula will then help the parents in picking out the best housekeeper for thorough cleaning.
4. Running errands
With the fact that most of the time a new born mother will be resting and catching on sleep and father is still in a trance, having a doula will help to run errands. This way anything pending that needs to be done can be done in record time.
5. Meal preparation
As if running errands and doing some light housekeeping is not enough, we help in making light meals for the family. Mothers Help Hand will also give you a healthy meal plan that will nurture the whole family.
6. Newborn care
Another important benefit of having a doula for postpartum care is they help with almost all baby care needed. This usually includes bathing, diapering feeding and even soothing to comfort the baby when need be.
7. Baby soothing techniques
With the fact that postpartum care also involves baby soothing techniques, new parents have the advantage of being taught the best and quickest way of making the baby comfortable. This usually helps as in the end the parents can be able to tell what a baby cry means and act accordingly.
8. Help establish partner roles
With most fathers not aware of what they should do after childbirth, doulas ensure that specified roles are defined to help support the baby and mother in the future.
9. Sibling care
In case a new born is brought home for the first time and has siblings, the doulas helps make the other siblings become comfortable and accepting to the baby. In addition to that with the parents occupied with the new born, light sibling care is also given to the others during that time.
10. Referrals to local resources
One of the best benefits about having postpartum support is being made aware of other resources, which will come in handy for years to come. Some of the referrals made are parenting classes, best pediatricians and support groups.