What is a Postnatal Doula?
Postnatal doulas are still relatively new especially in Ireland although the word ‘doula’ is becoming more commonly known in the birthing world. I strongly and passionately believe that there is a large and important place for doulas in the community. What is a postnatal doula? A postnatal doula provides evidenced based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care. A postnatal doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby.
Guiding new mothers with love & empathy
It is becoming clearer the deeper I go into this world of postnatal care that there is a need for more conversations on this subject. I may not be a medical professional, I may not have attended all the workshops and training courses available, but I do have a personal understanding of 5 very different postnatal experiences. What my personal experiences taught me was that as a postnatal doula I need to go into a family with love, empathy and understanding. And being able to help the new mom know that she has the answers. I’m merely there to give her the confidence she needs to trust that she has the answers, to help her connect with her intuition.
With so much information at our fingertips and living in a world where we suffer from information overload, especially during pregnancy. We read so
much during this time and all from different experts with different advice but forgetting that this is what we are made to do. We have the answers within us, we just need help finding the confidence to trust that we have the answers. This is what I believe postnatal doulas can do. This is what I believe I can do. This is my passion. I want to be able to give new moms the gift to enjoy those first few weeks with their new born and remember every moment. I know I enjoyed my new-borns, each one of them but I have snippets of highlights, it was not a smooth ride it was a pure rollercoaster of emotions, highs and lows and trying to navigate my way through it all. As a postnatal doula I will help you ride the rollercoaster of hormones and emotions. I will help you naviagate the highs and the lows. As a postnatal doula I will help you embrace those hormones, I will help you de-stress, to be less anxious and to have a more effortless postnatal experience.