Pregnancy & Postpartum Support
A doula is a person who is trained to provide support to women and their families throughout the full spectrum of reproductive experiences.
“Doula” is Greek for “woman who serves.”
Doulas exist to help fill the gaps that our society has created: gaps that leave teen moms feeling scared and lost, gaps that cause a woman to spiral into postpartum depression, gaps that neglect the unique needs of the trans man who wants to breastfeed, gaps that shame women into seeking out unsafe abortions. Doulas provide emotional, physical, and informational support, but are generally not licensed to give medical care.
Postpartum doulas are available to help the mother, baby, and family during the “fourth trimester.” Postpartum doulas are knowledgeable about newborn care, infant feeding practices, and coping techniques, and will help foster a peaceful environment that promotes parent-baby bonding. They will run errands, prepare some healthy meals, do light housework, and care for siblings if needed. Essentially, the role of the postpartum doula is to “mother the mother” so that she can rest and heal while focusing her attention on her new little one. Check out my services for more details about what a postpartum doula does.