In honor of the last day of world #doula week we wanted to shed some light on what a doula is, the different types of doulas as well as the role they play.
What is a doula exactly? The word doula originates from the greek meaning a woman who serves. There are many different types of doulas and their roles are not all the same. Doulas are not all hippies or only for the hippie/crunchy type of mom contrary to what you might have heard or seen on television.
The most popular type of doula that you may have heard about is a birth doula or labor doula. They are not an advocate or medical professional but a trained professional who provides physical and emotional support before, during and after childbirth to you as well as your partner. Your doula may support you with hip squeezes, affirmations, massage or counter pressures, body position changes, provide support for your partner and more.
You made if through your birth now what? A postpartum doula helps a family navigate through this new transition and offers nonjudgmental support. The goal of the postpartum doula is to make sure that mom has the best postpartum recovery available, this will look different for every women. Providing tips and resources for breast or bottle-feeding, assisting with basic newborn care, lite housework, sibling care as well as light meal prep are a few examples of how a postpartum doula can support your family in the early weeks.
Lastly we will cover bereavement doula. A bereavement doula supports a family in the instance of a loss. Sometimes women have a stillbirth, miscarriage or lose baby in utero unexpectedly. Understandably there will be a lot of emotions and questions that you and your family may have. Being able to have that extra support who has experience with loss that can provide resources, validate your feelings and give you tips to get through your grief is important.
After learning about what a doula is, do you think that hiring a doula is something you want to learn more about? Let us know and we would be happy to guide you through the best decision for you and your family.
There are a lot of amazing doulas that I have been able to meet along my journey. This week was to celebrate you, us.