What exactly does a postpartum & infant care doula do?
Help you process your birth experience
Birth DoulaUsually that looks like talking through your birth experience with you and answering your questions about it (especially if we were your birth doula too), listening to the great and not so great parts of it. We know that birth is more than “Well at least you have a healthy baby” for many women and that you may have some feelings you need to work through - and that's where we come in!
Teaching Good Latch
Don't believe what you've heard - breastfeeding should NOT be painful, even in the beginning! We are keeping an eye out for any "red flags" that could signal something is not going as it should (looking at number of poos and pees, time baby spends versus off the breast, weight loss/gain, jaundice, baby’s behaviour, etc). Sometimes we are able to help you fix issues and overcome feeding hurdles yourself or refer you to other healthcare resources if more support is need.
Ins & Outs of Pumping
We can also teach you how to clean and use your pump. And if you are bottle feeding breast milk or formula, teach you proper bottle-feeding techniques (like paced bottle feeding). You can also check out our Prenatal Breastfeeding Class that covers all of the topics and more!
Talk about normal and abnormal postpartum mood
Care for your baby and older siblings
Care for your pets
Carol Anne calls me "the baby bath whisperer"! I have a gentle, cry-free and stress free technique to bathing babies. When babies are born they are covered in a white-cheesy substance on their skin called vernix, this vernix is incredible stuff! It is made up of water, fat and protein and it is antimicrobial and has antioxidants vitamin-E and melanin to protect your baby’s skin. Don’t wash it off! More and more families are asking for their baby’s vernix NOT to be wiped off after birth with towels or washed off in a sponge bath. You can say no to the hospital bath and instead wait 3-5 days to do baby’s first bath at home. Check out this great article on vernix: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2763724/
You Gotta Eat!
What is an overnight doula?
We also offer overnight doula services, in which one of our postpartum doulas comes to you and spends the night caring for your baby, changing their diapers, settling them to sleep, giving bottles or only waking you to breastfeed or pump milk.
Run errands for you or with you
Sometimes getting to the grocery store is too overwhelming a task - just send us your list and we'll pick up everything you need. Or maybe you or your baby have a doctor’s appointment, play group, or event that you need to go to and you are anxious about going on your own. We are happy to help you and baby get out of the house and assist in your adventure into the world with your little one.
Help teach new grandparents about baby care today
I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of what we as postpartum and infant care doulas can do for families, but don’t just take it from me but from our clients themselves:
4 months later, Carol Anne and Sarah are still a very important part of my support system as I raise my baby boy. Sarah’s bath techniques have helped our son LOVE bath time. Their Pregnant and Parenting Facebook group and monthly Mom and Baby socials have been a great space to learn from other moms and be part of a positive parenting community. Their blog and monthly newsletter are also a great learning resource for me, and I’m looking forward to seeing them again at their Baby Led Weaning Workshop later this month. – Sheena
Sarah was our primary doula and she was such a comfort when I needed it most. To be completely honest, our experience parenting our son was very different than our first. All the things that plagued us with our daughter were now something we had already experienced and mastered. It really made me feel regretful that we didn’t consider a doula for our first child - something I would highly recommend to any new parent.
“Then, the Postpartum Support began - this was a complete lifesaver!