What is a postpartum doula?

It is an honor and privilege to introduce you to Teresa Weinstein, she is a postpartum doula and has been following this passion for over 15 years, help me welcome her into our community! Come meet us at Glenwood Library Aug 23 @ 7pm and Carbondale Library Sept 13 @ 6pm for more information plus Q&A time. Hope to see you there!

Being a postpartum doula is my passion!  My name is Teresa Weinstein, I am a mother of three and I know from experience how rewarding, challenging and sometimes overwhelming parenting can be.  Parenting is a process where you  constantly learn, nurture and love your children.  You’ll discover new skills and insights along the way that will allow you to learn what works for you and your family.  Some of the home support services provided by a postpartum doula are:

*Assistance to the mother for the postpartum care of her body as well as following her doctor’s discharge orders for recovery.

*Assistance in providing nutritious snacks and meals to the parents.  Keeping the mother well hydrated and nourished so she can recover from birth and be able to successfully breastfeed.

*Validation and enhancing of the mother’s ability to nurture and care for her new baby/babies.

*Assistance with breastfeeding and/or supplement feeding of baby.

*Accompanying the mother to her pediatric and/or obstetric visits.

*Running errands such as groceries, baby supplies and medications.

*Instruction, education, demonstration and assistance with newborn care to include feeding, burping, bathing, diapering, dressing, soothing, comforting, sleep safety issues, parent-child bonding, coping skills and relaxation skills.

*Watchful eye for medical problems that may require the attention of the pediatrician (hydration of infants, keeping track of wet/stool diapers, monitoring of jaundice and clogged tear ducts.

*Doing laundry, changing bed linens, light clean up of kitchen and  dishes so mom can relax and spend time with her newborn.

I can alleviate stress by offering household organization, preparing meals, loading the dishwasher or doing a load of laundry.  New moms often feel like they are neglecting their home and other family members while they are meeting the needs of the new baby.  If some of the daily tasks can be completed by a postpartum doula, the mom can concentrate on bonding with and feeding her infant.  By providing non-judgement support and guidance, I can create a safe environment to ask questions.  I have been helping families for over 15 years and feel truly blessed to be a part of your family.

For more information please go to my website at www.teri8197.wix.com/teresas-doula-service.

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