What does a postpartum doula do?

How do you picture those first weeks postpartum with your new baby? Joyful, Touching, Emotional? Or maybe a little terrifying, exhausting, or erratic?


The early stages of parenthood can feel like a roller coaster. Often this season not what parents expected it to be, in good ways, but also in imperfect ways. Whether your week feels good or crazy, a postpartum doula can help you face the days and responsibilities ahead.


Postpartum doulas are great, however most families don’t even know what a postpartum doula is. We can give you the text book definition for a postpartum doula…  but what does providing physical and emotional support even mean?


What does a postpartum doula REALLY do?


A postpartum doula takes care of the details so you can focus on the priorities.


You tell your doula what you need most that day, and they do what we can to make you feel accomplished at the end of the day. That can mean having an extra set of hands while you get out of the house for a day or errands, or troubleshooting an feeding issue. Or perhaps that means taking time to focus on you and your baby while your doula makes the house look less like a strong wind blew through it. Whatever you want, baby you got it! (Pun Intended)


Your postpartum doula can help you establish your new normal.


Need help charting your baby’s feeds, diapers and naps? We can help you set up a system that works for you.  We can walk you through a bedtime routine, and help you sort through the ocean of baby products and parenting styles.

You don’t have to do postpartum alone.


Sometimes it’s just nice to have someone experienced there to help you feel like you’re not facing all the firsts alone.  Get support and instruction through that first bath, the first bottle or even that terrifying task of clipping their teeny nails for the first time.

Your doula is there to support the whole family through the tough days (and nights).


Sometimes when it rains it pours. The baby didn’t sleep, the dog didn’t get let out in time, your oldest won’t stop pulling on your shirt, and you can’t remember the last time you and your sweetheart had alone time. It’s our goal to help everyone feel supported so it doesn’t have to get to that point. On the days that it does, we are safe shoulder to cry on and a non-judgmental ear so you just be real for once.

Postpartum care looks different for everyone.  Doulas of Bellingham strives to give your family whatever it needs to thrive postpartum.