Postpartum practices in the United States are quite different than other countries around the world. Here, mothers are encouraged to be up and active and get back to their routine pretty quickly while European and South American countries hold pretty strict to a lying-in period where the mother's main goal is rest and recuperation. The care provider for mom is most likely a close female relative but, often times, she is a professional who comes to the home daily for several weeks as a part of their standard postpartum care module.
In the U.S. many women live in a different city than their family members. Their mom or sister may come to help for a week or so but then must return to her own family. This is where postpartum doulas come in to fill the gap. These women are trained to care for the entire family during the postpartum period also known as the 4th trimester, a crucial time for healing, bonding, and establishing breastfeeding.
Care for MOM
A doula's primary role is to ensure that the mother is progressing in her recovery. A postpartum doula allows mom to rest and ensures that she is receiving healthy meals to promote healing. It's also important that mom receives emotional support as well. Having a trusted professional to confide in or ask questions can go a long way in building mom's confidence as a new parent.
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Staci Bishop, CD, HCHD