Two weeks ago Julie gave birth to her first baby, a beautiful and healthy girl named Hailey Mae. The birth went perfectly, Julie was a champion, her husband Bryson was an amazing support, and Hailey arrived a happy and calm little baby. Two days later Julie discharged from Utah Valley Regional Hospital and began settling into her life as a new mom.
Julie reached out to me for support one week after Hailey was born, which was when her husband needed to return to work. Hailey was having a harder time eating and Julie was struggling with "cabin fever" and asked me to come by a few times to help with day-to-day baby care tasks such as diaper changes, feeding, bathing, comforting Hailey, and adult conversation with Julie.
Depending on the day I would go to Julies home for 1-3 hours to help her, and assisted with overnight care which allowed both Julie and Bryson to have uninterrupted sleep so they could be fresh and rested the following day. One morning I asked if Julie enjoyed a full night of rest she exclaimed, "Oh yes! Yes I slept great!"
There are many benefits to having a postpartum doula, some of these benefits include:
- Breastfeeding support
- Emotional and physical recovery after birth and/or cesarean section
- Assistance with newborn care
- Referrals to services such as lactation support, support groups, pediatricians, and parenting classes
- Reduce the chances of postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety
- Nights of complete rest and sleep
If you have any questions on how a postpartum doula can help please reach out to me.
It is also important to note that Julie and Bryson did not hire a birth doula, but they did want a postpartum doula to help with adjusting to life as parents, and this is perfectly okay!