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musings on the doula world & postpartum support

Night Nannies, Newborn Care Specialists, and Postpartum Doulas, Oh My?!?

New families have so many options for postpartum support these days, which is a wonderful thing AND a bit confusing. We’re going to help clarify the most common types of providers, and the differences between postpartum doulas, night nurses, night nannies, and newborn care specialists. Let’s dive in… Night Nurses: Focus primarily on overnight care…

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Capitalism and Parenthood Collide.

Capitalism is harming us in so many ways. I’ve heard from three parents in the same number of days that they feel like they are doing something wrong, or that something is wrong with their babies. In all three cases, these feelings were associated with what some of us doulas call the “week three phenomenon.”…

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The Quantification of Doula Care.

Doula care is impactful. Most parents will say that they couldn’t have done it- their birth and/or postpartum time- without their doula. But the most important components of doula care, and the “it” that parents speak of, are often not categorizable. And the quantification of doula care can reduce its impact. However, some within the…

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Companioning: A Lost Art

Companioning is a stealth and necessary skill, an art form in and of itself which can take some time for new doulas to feel at ease with. Postpartum doulas often feel they should be “doing something” or “saying the right thing” or just have a general sense that they could be doing more.  Yes, there…

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What exactly do postpartum doulas DO?!

As a postpartum doula and doula trainer, I get this question a LOT. Everyone from family, friends, and expectant parents, to care providers, and even other doulas. Usually birth doulas who don’t offer postpartum care, but yes, sometimes even other postpartum doulas! As my own father still likes to say, “a do-what?!”  Because we mostly…

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Postpartum is Not an Afterthought.

There’s been a quiet yet problematic phenomenon in the perinatal world for decades now. It isn’t the birth plan not being taken seriously (though that does happen) or parents not getting everything on their baby registry (which is a total bummer, for sure) or even parents experiencing anxiety just trying to figure out which car…

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