Becoming a Postpartum Doula: Is it the Right Move for You?Jun 01, 2021
Not everyone is cut out to be a postpartum doula. Sometimes jobs sound so glamorous when someone else describes it. If you think you'll be holding a baby all day long...think again.
Postpartum doulas can and do take care of babies, but that's not the primary role. Mother care is at the heart of the service. Serving a new mother, while she cares for her baby is the true essence of being a postpartum doula.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be the calm and balanced energy in the midst of a sometimes chaotic storm of emotions. The lack of sleep for new parents, as well as the confidence and trust of instinctual know how plays a major part in adjustment.
One of the greatest gifts you can offer as a postpartum doula is to instill that confidence and trust. Step back and observe, be a cheerleader. Don't try to fix and solve everything.
Ask questions instead of thinking you have to know everything. Be informed and know where to look things up.
It's a dance of energy, and knowing what your purpose is with each family you serve. Ask yourself:
"What does this family need from me to feel confident in their parenting?"
"How can I be of service without taking over?"
Be---Do--Have. Always start with how you are being. Check in with yourself before entering a client's space. Your energy will make a huge difference during the early weeks of life with a newborn.
With each family you serve, keep thinking about how you can work yourself out of a job!!
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