I have worked with many families postnatally for many different reasons. As a postnatal doula, I am flexible with time and together we can tailor an individualised plan to support you and your family as you adjust to having another precious bundle in your home. Too often there’s plenty of support to help you care for baby, but not enough focus on you! It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and absolutely exhausted at times, so it’s important to be nourished and cared for too. Sometimes I support a family as a one-off, and sometimes the support can last anything from a few weeks to a couple of years.
Here are some examples of a Postnatal Doula’s support:
Chatting about the expectations and the reality of caring for a newborn
Debriefing your birth
Assist with light household duties (laundry, cooking, general tidy-up)
Assist with siblings
Support with breastfeeding which may include signposting you towards professional breastfeeding support if relevant
Offering encouragement to mum to rest whilst the doula looks after your new baby
As she is a regular visitor to your home, she is sensitive to your needs and supports you to have the most positive time with your new family.
The aim is to empower the family to take care of itself with confidence and facilitate this by helping in the home and offering encouragement and assurance.
‘From the first meeting we found Anne’s personable, sympathetic and non-judgemental character very appealing and knew that she was the perfect person to help us through this turbulent and emotionally overwhelming period in our lives.’