What is a Postpartum Doula

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Maybe you are familiar with the word doula, maybe it is foreign to you; the word comes from the Greek meaning “a woman who serves”.

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A postpartum doula has received training to assist new families is the first hours, days or weeks that they welcome a new baby.  Ask any women who has brought home a new baby, whether it be their first or their 5th, the changeover period can be difficult to navigate.  A postpartum doula is there to assist the momma in the transition to her new motherhood.

The doula provides evidence-based information and unbiased support for things such as infant feeding, postpartum recovery, and sleeping solutions.  A postpartum doula can also aid the family in creating a restful environment; light housekeeping, meal prep, sibling or infant care, anything the family needs to recover mentally, physically and emotionally.  In the areas that are out of scope of the doula’s practice, she can provide many local resources.

A postpartum doula can help after a hospital birth, surgical birth, home birth or adoption. 

I am excited to say that Blessed Momma will begin serving postpartum clients in the Rochester and Southeast Minnesota area for those due in April 2016 and beyond. I am looking forward to bringing the women in our community professional and compassionate care and support.

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