Many families wonder what a postpartum doula is or what the difference is between a postpartum doula and a night nurse, night nanny, sleep coach, night coach or baby nurse.
A postpartum doula instills a sense of stability where new parents can thrive. They reduce stress and anxiety and build on self-confidence and comfortability. Doulas become one with the family and they offer a nonjudgmental approach to understanding each client’s needs. They utilize their exceptional listening skills, and they anticipate that things may change from moment to moment. Doulas reflect back in order to be certain they understand, and they offer constant affirmation which leads to improved levels of confidence. ~ ProDoula
A postpartum 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 postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days, weeks and months after bringing home a new baby.
We offer 8-10 hours of FULLY AWAKE overnight doula support to our families. Upon arrival we will check in with parents ~ How are you feeling, how are things going, what questions do you have? After addressing the parent’s needs, we'll inquire about the baby ~ How has the baby's day been, any feeding or sleeping issues, when was the last feeding and diaper change? If you are bottle feeding breast milk and only pumping during the day or formula feeding you can then head off to bed for 8 hours of uninterrupted, sound sleep! If you are breast feeding or pumping around the clock, we can set up a plan for the night of when you would like us to bring baby to you for nursing or assist with pumping. While you are nursing and or pumping, we can get you some fresh water and a light snack if you desire. We will take care of the diaper changes, burping and properly storing expressed milk. Since our doulas remain awake and alert throughout the entire shift, during the baby's sleep periods we can help with laundry, washing bottles and pump parts as well as tidying up the kitchen.
Our Postpartum Doula and Sleep Coaching services support North Carolina families in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina and surrounding areas.