DOULAS… THE RETURN OF A TIME-HONORED TRADITION OF SUPPORT DURING CHILDBIRTH.

What is a Postpartum Doula?

Postpartum doulas assist new families and their newborns at home. They offer information and support on breastfeeding, emotional and physical recovery from childbirth, infant soothing, mother-baby bonding, and coping skills for new parents. They may also help with light housework, cooking, childcare for older children, and errand-running. The terms of a postpartum doula's responsibilities are decided between the doula and the family.

The Hearts & Hands Doula Program does not offer these services, but private-practice postpartum doulas are available for hire throughout San Diego County. (see resource list in Other Options for Labor Support or Postpartum Care)

University of California, San Diego Medical Center

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