At Doulas of Austin, we see the postpartum time as one of transformation. In many cultures, mothers and babies have a lying-in period. Women from the community come to the home to provide the education, physical support, and emotional support that is essential for a smooth transition. During the lying-in period, the mother has the opportunity to rest, recuperate, learn how to breastfeed, and get to know her baby. She also has someone there to answer her questions and guide her through her early days of motherhood.
At Doulas of Austin, our goal is to preserve the lying-in period for you and your family.
Your postpartum doula will come to your home and help you develop skills to care for your infant while balancing the process of recovery, breastfeeding (should you choose), lack of sleep, and light household tasks. Simply having an expert to support you in the unpredictable moments, to validate the struggles, to assure you about what is “normal” and what is not, and to guide you in creating realistic daily goals can be priceless. When you invest in professional postpartum doula care, the postpartum period becomes less challenging, more relaxed and more rewarding.
Your postpartum doula will:
- Offer evidence-based information and education on all things relating to your recovery from birth and your baby’s adjustment to life outside the womb
- Provide companionship and nonjudgmental support as you find your parenting style and settle into it
- Model/teach you the basics of caring for your newborn including but not limited to soothing techniques, reading your baby’s cues, and providing opportunities for your baby to meet their growth and developmental milestones
- Affirm that your motherly instincts are leading you in the right direction
- Recognize what is beyond the scope of “normal” and connect you with appropriate community resources when necessary
- Support the entire family’s adjustment
All daytime support shifts have a 4-hour minimum
Parents are able to choose their preferred schedule for hours purchased
All hours must be used in full within 3 months of contract signing/birth of baby