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Antepartum Doulas 

Antepartum Doulas provide help and support to a mother who has been put on bed rest or is experiencing a high risk-pregnancy. They provide informational, emotional, physical and practical support in circumstances that are often stressful, confusing and emotionally draining.

  • Studies have shown that women who have the continuous support – like that of a doula – with them during labor, and birth experienced:
  • An overall reduction of 28% in cesarean deliveries;
  • A reduction in the length of labor;
  • A 31% reduction in the use of Pitocin (a drug used to induce labor);
  • A 12% increase in the likelihood of spontaneous vaginal birth, that is, birth without assistance of forceps or vacuum;
  • A 9% reduction in the use of pain medications;
  • A 14% decrease in the risk of newborns being admitted to a special care nursery
  • 34% decrease in the risk of being dissatisfied with the birth experience 

The role of a postpartum doula is never to take the place of husbands or partners when brining baby home, but to compliment and enhance on how to help mom physically and emotionally during recovery period.


Dad/ Partner Will:

  • Hire a Postpartum doula
  • Assist with baby care; baby holding, diapering & bottle feeding
  • Network with family and friends when its appropriate to visit or how to help
  • Reassure her: this is not her fault; she is not alone; she will get better.
  • Encourage her to talk about her feelings and listen without judgment.
  • Help with housework before she asks you.
  • Encourage her to take time for herself. Breaks are a necessity; fatigue is a major contributing factor to worsening symptoms.
  • Don’t expect her to be super-housewife just because she’s home all day.
  • Be realistic about what time you’ll be home, and come home on time.
  • Help her reach out to others for support and treatment.
  • Schedule some dates with her and work together to find a babysitter.
  • Offer simple affection and physical comfort, like a body massage

What's a Postpartum Doula?

Why Hire A Doula?

The Partner’s Role When Using A Doula?

Offers education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester
Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying
Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary

Lactation support  .  Postpartum care  .  Consultation

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