Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What's a doula?

The word "doula" comes from the Greek word for the most important female servant.  In an ancient Greek household, this woman probably helped the lady of the house through her childbearing. The word has come to refer to "a woman experienced in childbirth providing continuous physical, emotional & informational support to the mother before, during and just after childbirth." 

Benefits of a Postpartum Doula

  • Faster birth recovery.
  • More likely to eat healthier & sleep more.
  • Less stress & anxiety.
  • Less incidence of postpartum mood disorders.
  • Higher breastfeeding success rate.
  • More confidence in parenting & childcare.

Benefits of an Overnight Postpartum Doula

  • You'll get several hours of extra sleep.
  • Rejuvenated sleep results in the benefits, above.
  • I bring a relaxed atmosphere for a restful night.
  • Worries and fears loom larger at night, it's nice to ask at 4 am "Is this normal?"
  • Nothing is new to a postpartum doula, it's hard to rattle or alarm us. I'm there for you.

To read more about doulas, click on the image, below. 

 Doulas of Rhode Island

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