An ancient Greek word meaning “handmaid” in the female sense. This term has come to represent a compassionate, experienced person who provides physical, emotional, educational and practical support to birthing people and their families during all the events surrounding childbirth. Doulas can be female or male!
Childbirth is an empowering event for those giving birth and their families. Each person is different, each birth is different. Their birth and postpartum memories are special, and the preservation of their goals and wishes is our mission.
We are committed to offering professional postpartum doula services to people of all genders and socio-economic backgrounds. Our goal is to assist them in the creation of a positive and fulfilling prenatal, birth and postpartum experience. Pittsburgh Doula Network doulas are independent and work for you, not your caregiver or hospital.
To schedule an acquaintance visit, inquire about fees, or if you would like more information, please contact us.
Need help when the baby comes home?
The joy and elation of having your new baby in your life is often accompanied by a mixture of other feelings. Labor and delivery can be physically and emotionally draining and can cause you to feel unprepared to face the unfamiliar and sometimes overwhelming experience ahead of you. But, ready or not, baby is here!
It is not unusual to have awe, confusion, happiness, self-doubt and anxiety all at once. You may also feel that there is not enough time in the day, or enough energy left for you to do the things that once were a routine part of your life.
Sometimes you will need a little tender care and pampering yourself...
Having a postpartum doula allows you to bring your new baby home to a relaxing environment where you and your family can be sensitively cared for as you recover.
Doulas are experienced mothers who understand a new mom's needs.
A POSTPARTUM DOULA PROVIDES:
- Rest so that you can heal
- Gentle reassurance and education as you gain confidence
- Attention to basic family needs—meals, sibling & pet care
- Help with practical chores such as light housekeeping, laundry and errands, so you concentrate on regaining your strength and getting to know your baby
- 24-hour in-hospital breastfeeding support
- Prenatal at-home help for women on bedrest