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What is a Postpartum Doula?
Research indicates the word “doula” is of ancient Greek origin and referred to the female servant who assisted the women of a household during and after delivery of their newborn.
In more recent times, it has come to mean a skilled person, typically a woman, who embraces this wonderful time in a family’s life, and who offers support and assistance to moms, dads and families, after the birth of their newborn.
The support and assistance that a postpartum doula offers is non-medical in nature. This support and assistance can relate to breastfeeding, baby bonding and infant soothing; basic newborn care; sibling care; light housekeeping, simple chores and simple meal preparation; referrals to local resources if needed; companionship, nonjudgmental support...and more...essentially support and assistance in needed areas so that moms, dads and families can relax and enjoy the wonder of having a newborn.
Just as each baby is unique, families, likewise, come in all varieties. As a postpartum doula, I am delighted to be of assistance to your family when your new little one is welcomed home, offering all or some of the services I provide as suits your needs. The service I provide is temporary but essential help for those who are in need of a little TLC and support in certain areas during this special time.
I will work with you to accommodate your needs. I do not require a minimum amount of hours or visits per week, nor a set amount of weeks of service.
My goal is to offer support as needed and free up some of your time, so you can focus your attention, as worry-free as possible, on the precious new little one in your life!
Christine Mastros Re
DONA Certified Postpartum Doula