What does a post partum doula do?

 

After birth all mums need a bit of care. In many cultures, ancient and modern the mother is given laying in time to recover from childbirth and learn about herself and her new baby..

A post partum doula is an emotional and physical support to a new mother. Her role is many faceted – it could be just being a trusted person to leave the baby with whilst mum catches up on sleep or has a shower. It could be cooking some dinners so the pressure is off in the evening. It could be having a cup of coffee and a listen whilst you pour out your feelings. It could be helping with breastfeeding and routine. It is any of those and more.

Equipment when Breastfeeding

Now it you may be thinking that all you’ll need is boobs and a baby to breastfeed.  Whilst you are essentially correct there are some

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Cluster feeding and growth spurts

So breastfeeding is going ok, its been a few weeks and you are feeling pretty confident. Then BOOM baby is feeding all the time, the

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What to expect after birth

After birth The period after the arrival of your baby is the most important.  It takes your body around 4-6 weeks to return to its

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Partners and mental health

It can be hard watching your partner struggle or coping with the revelation that they have been finding it hard to cope for a while

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Tips to take care of your post baby mental health

These are my tips for taking care of your mental health once your baby has arrived.  I understand that these may be easier to read

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Emotional Changes after Birth

Remember – each birth of every baby from every woman is unique.  So you’ve had a baby! Now what? You may be feeling relieved, scared,

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Helping your older child with their new sibling

Teach – show them how to interact with the newest family member.  Talk, demonstrate and guide them in the correct way to play.  Until you

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Pets and Babies

The moment when parents bring a baby home is one of the great joys in a family’s life. But it can be a tricky time

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Bottle Feeding Troubleshooting

row away unused milk Throw away any unused formula or breast milk after you have finished bottle feeding your baby. Be guided by your baby All

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Paced bottle feeding.

What is Paced Bottle Feeding? As the name suggests, paced bottle feeding involves pacing feeding so that baby is in control and begins to recognise

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How to Bottle Feed

How to bottle feed your baby Bottle feeding is a chance to feel close to your baby and get to know them.  Make sure you’re sitting

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Bottle Feeding

So as you may know I’m a breastfeeding counsellor but what you may not be aware of is that I formula fed my eldest. It

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How to bathe your baby

Bathing your baby When do you start bathing your baby and how often? The WHO or World Health Organisation recommends delaying the first bath for

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Baby Body Language

As you know your baby can’t speak so looking at their body language and learning their cues is the best way to understand them. Look

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Relationship Changes

You will go from being two to three (or four or five or more!) overnight to staying in and feeding a baby which is just

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Tips to calm a crying baby

Move! Movement can cause baby to fall into a deep sleep. But it can take a lot of bouncing (or light jiggling). A car ride

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