Written by Doula Kim Nowokunski
‘Tis the season of gift giving, and if you are searching for the perfect gift for the expectant family on your list…..the gift of a Birth Doula or Postpartum Doula is it! Of course it is fun to gift them with cute and useful baby items, but gifting a family with a doula is providing them with the extra emotional, informational and educational support they need for a happy, positive birth experience and a confident transition into parenthood. A birth doula will provide nurturing and loving support for your loved one throughout all stages of pregnancy and the birth of their baby, while a postpartum doula provides encouraging support during the 12 weeks after the baby is born.
A birth doula is available to an expectant couple from the moment she is hired and through the labor and birth of their little one. She is normally available by phone, text, email, virtually and in-person to provide evidence based educational support and emotional support. She will meet with the couple several times while they get to know each other and go over their “plans” for the ideal birth experience. Sometimes meetings happen in the home, at a park or a playground, at a local restaurant, a coffee shop, or even while accompanying them at a doctor’s appointment. A prenatal meeting can even include helping set up the nursery! The doula joins the couple when active labor begins at their given location, and with stay with them for a few hours after the birth to help mom begin breastfeeding and to make sure all is well- that the couple is ready to settle in and begin bonding.
A postpartum doula comes to the family’s home to help them in any way they may need to feel confident and rested as they get to know their new little family member. Sometimes all a new mama needs is an objective and caring listening ear, or a shower and a nap! Other times she may need a little bit of help knowing how to care for her baby or a referral to outside resources. And sometimes…..the couple needs a few nights of good sleep! A postpartum doula may come into the home for 3-4 hours of daytime support several times a week or month, or she may arrive at 10:00pm and stay until 6:00am to feed and care for baby while they enjoy an uninterrupted night of sleep.
What does the gift of a doula cost??? Well, that depends on where you live, what type of support you are looking for and for what period of time. Care For Mom does offer gift card options that are available on the website.
Contact Care For Mom Doula Service today to learn more about pricing, available services and the best options for your needs!
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