You may have already heard the exciting news! I am working with the Iowa Doula Agency as a postpartum doula!
I am so excited to support mothers after birth. My dream is for every mother to have that one BEST friend after they birth their child. An individual who will be there to support them emotionally, physically and give evidence-based support for the mother and family.
It is wonderful to have your spouse, family and friends around to help; but it is so beneficial to have an educated individual to assist. A postpartum doula’s focus is the mother.
You can be extremely prepared to have a baby. You can have freezer meals made, washed all the babies clothes, shopped for essentials, baby room prepped, and so on. Each birth and each postpartum period is different. There will be questions that need to be answered about your newborn or yourself. A postpartum doula will bring comfort and ease stresses.
I will (just a few and not limited to!):
- Encourage mother-baby bonding
- Help with skin-to-skin
- Provide basic newborn care
- Change diapers
- Provide physical help so mother can recover
- Rest and sleep for mother
- Healthy snacks
- Ice packs
- Basic household care
- Light house cleaning
- Errand running
- Folding laundry
- Meal preparation
- Help provide sibling care
As a postpartum doula, I do not dispense medical advice, diagnose medical conditions, interpret medical diagnosis, perform medical clinical procedures, or prescribe/administer medications or treatment.
I am a resource tool! If you are concerned about breastfeeding and need to find a lactation consultation or need to find a mom’s group to socialize, I have many resources for you! If I cannot do something you need, I will help you find the perfect person to help you.
There is always a free consultation. At our consultation we will chat about what your concerns are and what you feel you may need the most assistance with. If you feel that I am the right fit, we will create a plan that we both are comfortable with!
I want to help every mother create and enjoy a special bond with their newborn.
Have questions? Want to meet? Feel free to e-mail me at Erin@iowadoulas.com