Postpartum Doula

What Does a Labor Doula and Postpartum Doula Do?

Doulas can provide support to an expectant family throughout pregnancy and childbirth, and even after coming home from the hospital. The question on many people’s minds, though, is, What is included in this support? We’re glad you asked.

Labor Doula

Labor is tough — that is an undeniable fact. The mother’s body goes through extreme changes and pain to bring new life. It also takes an emotional toll and is altogether exhausting. And, although the father is missing the physical pain of the actual birth, he is typically experiencing his own pain, discomfort, and confusion — wanting to be there for his partner but not sure how.

A labor doula can help both parties through the process. They can assist mom by:

  • Massaging mom

  • Helping switch positions

  • Ensuring as much comfort as possible

  • Communicating needs and desires to the medical staff

  • Ensuring nutrition and hydration

  • Reassure dad and help him stay involved

  • Be the birthing coach, so dad can just be emotional support

While every case is different, studies have shown that having a doula involved in childbirth can shorten labor, reduce the need for pain medication, and more.

Postpartum Doula

Bringing your baby home is exciting — and, often, terrifying. And adjusting to having a new addition around can be overwhelming. Figuring out how to manage housework, meals, baby care, rest, and more can be incredibly difficult. And, if you already have children at home, there are additional tasks to manage.

A postpartum doula can help smooth the process by:

  • Supporting your physical, emotional, and mental recovery

  • Caring for the baby and teaching you tips and tricks to make it easier

  • Running errands with you or for you

  • Helping siblings adjust to the new addition

  • Stay overnight to help you and your baby get better sleep

  • Assisting with housework and meal prep

No matter your needs, a postpartum doula will work with you to ensure they are met. This is an exciting time in your life, and you deserve to enjoy every minute of it. Having a doula by your side means that you can focus on what’s important — your baby, your health, and your family — and let someone else take care of the rest. Contact us at Tennessee Family Doulas to learn more about our services and how we can help make this the best time of your life.