Suzanne Bendick, CLC 406.570.0738
Doula is a Greek word which simply means "a woman care-giver of another woman." Historically, doulas were an essential part of a woman’s birthing experience and remained with her from the beginning of labor until she integrated her birth experience into her daily life. Today, the Birth Doula supports the family during the labor and birth, while the Postpartum Doula supports the entire family after the baby is born.
Having a Postpartum Doula can help increase your success with early breastfeeding.
The immediate postpartum period is a pivotal time of transformation for new families as it is a time of healing, learning and adjusting to life with a new baby and a new mother. A Postpartum Doula's work is to help new parents learn, adapt and feel confident in meeting the needs of their newborn, while creating a rhythm together which is both nurturing and sustainable for the whole family. A Postpartum Doula helps ease this transition in the following ways:
* helps with physical and emotional recovery from birth
* offers information on infant feeding, including breast feeding support
* teaches newborn soothing techniques
* helps identify normal newborn behavior, including feeding,
sleeping and waking patterns
* assists with newborn care
* can provide practical assistance such as preparing meals, running
errands and providing light household cleaning
* teaches coping skills and encourages parents' self-care
* understands a variety of postpartum mood disorders and can make referrals when necessary