What is a postpartum doula?

What is a postpartum doula?

Growing up in Hong Kong, new mother having a postpartum doula is a given. New mother is to enjoy their ‘golden month’ where they can rest. They don’t do any housework, their only duty is to rest, take care of their recovery, take care of the baby. Everyone else has to wait on her and take care of the house for her. Traditionally, new mother will have a ‘companion woman’ to take care of her. In my culture, getting the right ‘companion woman’ is of utmost importance! Expectant Chinese mothers and fathers spend months to choose their doula. Buggies, and all gadgets come after! The ‘companion woman’ was usually the mother’s mother, sister, auntie, neighbours or friends. But since most of these people have full time employment these days, they tend to hire a professional to do the job. I never knew there is a name in English – the doula.

What do you actually do? 

A postpartum doula is a multitasker! Here are some examples what I do to ease you into your parenting journey:

  • offer education – I can answer questions like ‘the baby’s poop is green, what’s the story?’ or ‘how long am I supposed to bleed?’ etc.
  • companionship – e.g. let’s have one hour of adult conversation!
  • assists with newborn care – e.g. show you and your partner how to bath the baby, how to use a sling, etc.
  • family adjustment – work out a new routine as a family, deal with guests
  • meal preparation and light household tidying – so that you can take a shower, read a book or check Facebook!
  • offer evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary
  • a postpartum doula is the big sister you wish you had, except she is not judgemental and won’t criticise you!

Sound great, how much is it? 

It depends on how much support you think you need. The rate is 25 Euro per hour, minimum 2 hour per day visit.

A typical package looks like this…

Baby 1 day old to 7 day old – 2 hour per day

Baby 8 day old to 14 day old – 2 hour every other day

Total: 2 hours x 10 days = 50 Euro x 10 = 500 Euro

And of course you can customised a package that works for you. Talk to me today!

You might also want to check out my antenatal doula service if you think you might need support before the baby arrives – I can advise you with baby shopping, help you organise baby stuff, answer any questions you might have about labour, e.g. ‘after my water is broken, what EXACTLY do I do?’