WHAT IS A DOULA | Get to know the basics
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Most new parents will tell you that navigating through those first few days after bringing home a newborn is anything but easy! Even for the most experienced parents, bringing home a new baby means changing routines, dividing time and just trying to figure out how to juggle it all. If mom had a cesarean delivery or any other birth complications, it can make the transition to home even more challenging. The difficulty that many families run into is finding the help they need to support them through these first few weeks.
This is where the help of a postpartum doula can be just the answer that these parents are looking for. Postpartum doulas assist families who are bringing home a new baby, whether that is through birth or adoption.
What is a Postpartum Doula?
A postpartum doula provides evidenced based information on things such as infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care.
A postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a new baby. Research shows that moms, dads and babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team is in place.
What type of services do Baltimore Doulas provide?
Baltimore Doulas offer many services to clients, but our main goals are to help “mother the mother” and nurture the entire family as they transition into life with a newborn. This would include doing things to help mom and dad feel more confident in their roles, sharing education on family adjustment, and tending to the unique needs of a new mother. Baltimore Doulas work with each family individually to find out their particular needs. Some of the duties that Baltimore Doulas will perform include:
- Breastfeeding support (certified Lactation Consultant on staff)
- Help with the emotional and physical recovery after birth
- Running errands
- Assistance with newborn care such as diapering, bathing, feeding and comforting
- Light meal preparation
- Baby soothing techniques
- Referrals to local resources 
Most postpartum doulas provide service for a family anywhere from a few days up to a few months after bringing home a new baby. Families may have the doula work 2-3 days a week or as many as 7 days a week.
Baltimore Doulas offer night time service to help the family transition more smoothly into the challenges of night time parenting. 

"A baby is born with a need to be loved
 and never outgrows it" -Clark