What is a postpartum doula, and five reasons why you should invest in one

As a mom of three, I understand the struggles that happen after baby arrives. That’s why I made this short list of five reasons why you should consider investing in a Postpartum Doula.

1) Support for your family

A postpartum doula is there to support you and your family in essential household management. They are able to fill-in for you, be it making dinners, doing laundry or cleaning the home, allowing you to rest, relax and recover with your new baby.

2) Extensive knowledge

Postpartum doulas are a wealth of knowledge and have extensive training. They can help connect you to experts you may need services from, such as a myofascial therapist, chiropractic care or lactation consultants.

3) Assist with older children

Some are able to help with sibling care and running errands. This is so helpful if you have older children in extra-curricular activities like music or sports. Let your postpartum doula help get your children to the places they need to be, while you take a nap with the baby.

4) Guilt free help

The BEST possible reason is that because this is a paid service… you should feel no guilt. You are hiring a professional who LOVES to help people. They would not be in the craft, if they didn’t enjoy helping. Most times, doulas are moms themselves; and know what it’s like to have a sink full of dishes and laundry that’s been in the washer way too long.

5) Self Care

Include a doula as part of your postpartum self care and account for it during the first trimester of your pregnancy. If you’re thinking well hey Sarah, I can’t afford another thing! I get it, trust me. I honestly don’t know how my husband and I financially made it through our first and second child. Crowd fund it! Kidding, sort of. Add your doulas name right under your registry information on your baby shower invitations. Listen, people love to give unique gifts and adding it to your registry will allow people; who already want to gush over you; contribute to the cost.

No. 1 Reason to hire a Postpartum Doula

All of these are great reasons to invest in a postpartum doula, but my favorite is the guilt free acceptance of help. We can feel like we’re meant to manage everything on our own, but it wasn’t designed to be that way. Long ago, we lived in sacred; connected communities. Ones where we trusted our kinfolk to help in the raising and rearing of our households. Doulas understand this and willingly show up to assist you in the ways you need after your birth.

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