Do I Need a Postpartum Doula?

By: Care Messer | Podcast, Postpartum, Postpartum Doula | February 26, 2024

In this episode of the Birth Education Center podcast, Darla Burns, postpartum doula trainer is back to talk to parents. There are so many ideas of what a postpartum doula is and what is included in their scope of practice. If breastfeeding is your long-term goal, having a postpartum doula would be one of your best ideas.

Postpartum doulas also get confused with newborn care specialists, baby nurses and nannies. Darla emphasizes one important difference between those professionals in that postpartum doulas focus on supporting parents rather than the baby in the critical fourth trimester. Darla talks about the importance of emotional support, education on newborn care, and the doula’s goal to foster parent confidence and work herself out of a job. We also cover practicalities like the cost of doula services, insurance, and creative funding solutions, as well as the importance of finding a doula with the right fit, certifications, and backup plans.

You can also tune into Darla’s first episode which has a lot of relevant parent information as well. 021: How to Become a Postpartum Doula

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About the author:
Care is the founder of the Birth Education Center, San Diego HypnoBirthing and Cuddle Sanctuary San Diego. She is a Birth Educator, Hypnotherapist, Birth and Postpartum Doula, INNATE Care Provider, Erotic Blueprint Coach and also professional Cuddler. She specializes in connection work between people and increasing self boundaries for a more balanced life together.


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