Functions of a doula – and postpartum
Among the tasks of a doula, the most important is to provide support to the mother.
We have to be clear that a doula is NOT a health worker, but an experienced woman who should support the mother.
What is a doula?
A doula is a person experienced in birth support who provides continuous support, information and emotional and physical support to pregnant women, before, during and right after delivery. The doulas assist women who give birth in hospitals, in delivery houses, and in their homes.
The first mission of the doula is to inform pregnant women and their families positively about the experience of motherhood and childbirth. The foundation of doula care is based on the knowledge that continuous emotional support and trust during the birth process improve and facilitate all stages of motherhood to a large extent.
The important thing about a doula is not, then, what she knows, but who she is, her personality because this is what most influences to help the woman who is in labor.
Tasks performed by a doula after childbirth:
- After the birth of the baby
- Help through postpartum procedures
- Facilitates the early establishment of breastfeeding
- Maintains contact by phone for any questions
- Collaborate in the care of the house and other brothers to reassure the new mother and free her of burdens
Accompaniment to women during the early puerperium, the doula after childbirth, besides offering you company, helps and advises you about the tasks of the newborn and other small children.
They are visits to your house of 3 hours where you can talk (process) your experience of childbirth, answer questions about breastfeeding or newborn care, rest if you wish, or just enjoy the company of another woman / mother who understands what you are going through, that does not judge you and contains you.
The doula provides emotional care and practical assistance to the woman and her family before, during and after the birth. It can offer information, advice, and support, but is not qualified to perform any clinical tasks. However, you can have extensive knowledge about massage, reflexology, homeopathy, and breastfeeding. It is the person chosen by the woman and the couple to protect them in their experience of the birth and assist them in their transition towards motherhood and fatherhood. Her work comes from the task traditionally performed by other women in the family or the neighborhood (as is done in many cultures still). The doula is also the person who protects the woman so that her wishes are respected, facilitating communication between her and the midwives and doctors.
Will the displaced father feel in the presence of a doula?
Not much less. Usually, prospective parents receive this experienced woman with open arms. The doula does not displace the couple at birth; instead it takes away the pressure of having to take care of her (and her environment, that is other children, house, rest of the family, etc.) so that he can do what he wants. which does better: love her.