“The doula we used got us through the first two weeks after my son was born,” says Lee Madiston. “My partner and I had no idea what we were doing and she made us comfortable, gave my wife support and information about breastfeeding, and helped us get to know our newborn. I occasionally got to nap and catch up on sleep — and was glad I had after she left.”
The CAPPA Certified Postpartum Doula
CAPPA Postpartum Doulas fill an important role in providing emotional, physical, and evidence-based informational support to the new family after the birth of their baby.
How CAPPA Postpartum Doulas Work with Families
The Postpartum Doula works with families in the postpartum period; offering support, information, instruction, comfort, and referrals as needed. Postpartum Doulas support the mother’s recovery, give instruction on infant care and feeding, and assist with household organization. Postpartum Doulas can be found working in the community in private practice, in cooperatives, as part of groups or agencies, as well as serving in various community programs.
CAPPA Postpartum Doulas:
CAPPA Postpartum Doulas do not:
How do I find a postpartum doula?
Ask your childbirth instructor, doctor, midwife, hospital, or friends for a referral. The organization CAPPA (www.cappa.net) can also help you find a postpartum doula through its online directory.
Once you have the names of prospective doulas, you may want to ask some of the following questions to make sure you find one who suits you. Keep in mind that she’ll be providing personal services around your home, so you should feel comfortable with her as a person. You may want to interview more than one person.
Questions for prospective doulas:
Keep in mind your personal response to a prospective doula during the interview:
Investing in extra support, guidance and information during pregnancy, birth and postpartum allows you to fully engage and enjoy your experience. It’s worth it!