What Does a Doula Do?
A Doula (meaning mother helper) is a woman who provides the mother with support before, during and after childbirth. She will help you come up with a birth plan and be in the delivery room with you if you want. Most New York City area doulas, however, specialize in the postpartum period. They offer the new mother guidance and encouragement. Some are even lactation specialists. The idea is to nurture the new mother; they do not take care of your baby.
A Doula will come to your house for a minimum of 4 hours per day. She will run errands, perform light housekeeping duties, prepare meals, provide emotional support for the new mom and assist in breast feeding and baby basics.
Doulas try to work themselves out of a job and most work in the
home for a few days until up to month. The cost for a doula varies
by experience level and location. Average fee is $25-40 per hour.
Postpartum Doula Qualifications:
Postpartum Doulas receive training in the areas of:
- Postpartum depression
- Basic Baby Care
- Breast feeding
- Formula feeding
- Dealing with Cesarean Sections