A Postpartum Doula works with families typically within the first 12 weeks of the postpartum period, often referred to as the fourth trimester.  Postpartum doulas offer non-medical physical, emotional, and spiritual support to the new mother and family. While Postpartum Doulas do not perform medical procedures, they provide referrals, and educational tools and references for the parents. Postpartum Doulas support the mother’s recovery, give instruction on infant care and feeding, provide breastfeeding support, and assist with household organization. Unlike a nanny or newborn care specialist, a Postpartum Doula does not take over complete care of the infant but acts as a resource and a consultant to the family, providing them with non-judgmental and educational support. The goal of the Postpartum Doula is to work herself out of a job so that the family feels empowered to care for their child themselves.

Laurel is a CAPPA Certified Postpartum Doula (CPD), and the role of a Postpartum Doula is outlined below. 


 Postpartum Doulas: 

·       Provide non-biased emotional, physical, and informational support during the postpartum period

·       Encourage the family to seek care that reflects their values and needs

·       Models and teaches effective communication

·       Encourage informed decision making

·       Support the physical and emotional healing of the mother

·       Provide information on care options and resources for the mother and newborn

·       Support and assists with infant feeding

·       Educate the family on newborn care and characteristics

·       Provide support to the new mother’s partner and/or family

·       Assist with household organization

·       Refer to healthcare professionals when support requires clinical assessment, a need for prescription, or medical diagnosis

Postpartum Doulas do not:

 ·       Diagnose medical conditions

·       Interpret medical diagnoses or clinical results

·       Prescribe or administer treatment of medical conditions

·       Perform clinical procedures

·       Take over complete care of the infant

·       Transport any family members

·       Stay alone with babies or other children

·       “Sleep train” babies

·       Act as a housekeeper or nanny