When considering assistance during the postpartum period, you may be wondering about how a postpartum doula would differ from a nanny or a baby nurse. The main difference is what or who they focus on.
Nanny & Baby Nurses focus on the Baby
A nanny or baby nurse is focused on the baby. They typically help with holding, feeding, burping, changing, bathing, or any other need of the baby, which can sound great to a new mom who might be overwhelmed with the thought of taking care of a baby on her own.
A Postpartum Doula Focuses on the WHOLE Family
A postpartum doula is focused on the family as a whole. A postpartum doula helps with the needs of the baby, and she also looks after the needs of a new mom: making sure she is rested, fed and hydrated. When a new mom’s needs are met, she can more easily focus on bonding with her baby.
Something to remember is that moms also need help and care after giving birth. Whether you have a vaginal birth or a cesarean, your body needs time to rest and heal. Having someone to help, not only with the needs of a new baby, but also with the practical matters of life can help the postpartum period go so much more smoothly.
A postpartum doula is an emotional, physical and spiritual support, as well as an advocate, for the new parents and their child.
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